Thanks to our friend at Harrison Ford Online, scans from Time magazine (december 14) have been added to the gallery.

LA TIMES“That’s my chair.”

Harrison Ford and Daisy Ridley had just stepped onto the Millennium Falcon set for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when Ridley went to get into the pilot seat. Han Solo wasn’t pleased.

“I was honestly so embarrassed,” Ridley says. “Obviously he was kidding around and even J.J. [Abrams] said, ‘Oh, my God.'”

Still, Ford’s joking around didn’t stop Ridley from climbing into the cockpit. Her character, “Star Wars” newcomer Rey, is this galaxy’s new ace pilot. And yes, Rey flies the ship that can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

“It was cool,” she says with a laugh.

If there was ever a better metaphor for women taking the wheel in a galaxy far, far away it’s Han Solo handing over the keys of the Millennium Falcon to the 23-year-old Ridley.

The “Star Wars” narrative has always favored the pilot. Han Solo is a pilot. Anakin Skywalker was heralded as the cringe-inducing, pod-racing prodigy who later grows up to be “the best star pilot in the galaxy” (according to old man Obi-Wan). Even Luke Skywalker could bull’s-eye a womp rat while flying (and it’s not much bigger than 2 meters). So the news that Rey sits front and center, skillfully piloting the prize of the “Star Wars” skies is a big deal.

“It’s fantastic,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says about Ridley’s role in the film. “I think what’s great about it is Rey, her character, is such a good pilot. That isn’t something she’s turning and asking how to do, that’s something she’s doing.”

This is clear even in the first carefully doled-out footage of “The Force Awakens” in which John Boyega, another new cast member, and Ridley are seen running frantically from a mysterious explosion. Boyega’s character, Finn, yells out, “We need a pilot!”

Ridley as Rey gives her best exasperated shrug (while running from certain death over hot sand) and yells, “We’ve got one.”

She is the pilot.

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I have added high quality scans of the December 17 issue of Rolling Stone magazine with Daisy, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Chewbacca and BB-8 on the cover. (Thanks to AliKat)

Magazine Scans > 2015 > Rolling Stone (December 17)