Star Wars VII Cast Includes Relative Unknown Daisy Ridley – the official Star Wars site today conformed the cast for the new Star Wars VII movie and one big surprise was the inclusion of young British actress Daisy Ridley.
The list of main cast members was accompanied by an informal cast photo that sparked speculation that Daisy Ridley has been cast to play the role of Princess Leia and Han Solo’s daughter. The black and white photo shows Daisy sitting in between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher at a cast read-through of the new script for Star Wars VII.
There has been much searching for information on Daisy today with a number of sites having to repeat all the promotional info on the actress from her agent’s profile page as so little is known about her
Apart from the low-budget UK horror movie Scrawl, which is yet to be released, the only work credited to Daisy so far are parts in episodes of tv series such as Silent Witness and Casualty. Her most memorable role is in an episode from the last series of Mr Selfridge, when she played the part of Roxy opposite Jeremy Piven.
The news of Daisy’s casting caused something of a stir on social media sites today with everyone asking exactly who she is? Daisy herself has been told she can give no details at the moment regarding which role she has been cast in and has kept away from Twitter, presumably to avoid an avalanche of enquiries. Prior to today’s news Ridley had a Twitter account @daisyjazz but this is no longer active.
Episode VII sees the return of the big name original cast members such as Ford, Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker and a number of new names although the only female amongst the new cast members is Ridley which adds further fuel to the “Han Solo /Princess Leia daughter theory”.
Prior to today’s official cast announcement there had been much speculation that Oscar- winning actress Lupita Nyong’o was to be cast in a role in the movie.
Shooting on Star Wars Episode VII starts at Pinewood Studio in London in 2 weeks time and the movie has a worldwide release date of 18 December 2015. We guess that by then we will all know a lot more about Daisy Ridley.