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BBC – Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy talks The Force Awakens and British talent at Star Wars Convention

It’s the final few hours of the official Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm and one of the producers of the eagerly awaited The Force Awakens is reflecting on the unprecedented reaction to the film’s latest teaser trailer, unveiled to fans at the start of the convention.
“It was staggering,” she says. “When Harrison [Ford who plays Han Solo] and Chewie come on screen and he says ‘Chewie, we’re home!’ and the entire room of almost eight thousand people just leapt to their feet and roared, I mean I can’t think of anything I’ve ever been to – other than a rock concert – that felt quite like that.”

Search for new stars
The level of expectation surrounding the film is huge, partly because it sees the return to a galaxy far, far away of not just Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, but also Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia. It’s been more than thirty years since the three last appeared in a Star Wars movie together.

But there’s a new trio at the core of this sequel to 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Oscar Isaac who plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. And two young British actors, Daisy Ridley (Rey) and John Boyega (Finn).

They were introduced to deafening cheers and applause at the same Celebration event where the teaser was premiered. An early indication of how this film is likely to change both their lives. “[It’s] a journey no-one can prepare either one of them for,” admits Kennedy. “I think so far they’ve handled it great.”

Both Brits were cast after an extensive process that included traditional auditioning of young actors as well as a series of open casting calls that attracted tens of thousands of hopefuls.

“Daisy Ridley was a product of a massive search that we went on for months and months and months. But when she came into the room I would say almost instantaneously she just lit up and was so obviously the right person that we were looking for. She really claimed the role.

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Last year, Daisy played Roxy Starlet in one episode (#2.8) of the hit tv series ‘Mr Selfridge’. Four high quality stills can now be found in our gallery. Enjoy! (Please credit if use/repost, thank you.)

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Movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams kicked off the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim event Thursday with a lively panel about the upcoming film.

Many of the castmembers took the stage, and new, never-before-seen photos from set were revealed in front of a crowd of thousands before a brand-new teaser was unveiled. The teaser featured the first look at original castmember Harrison Ford, who reprises his role in the new film. “Chewie, we’re home,” he says in the final moment of the preview.

During the presentation, Kennedy and Abrams started at the beginning, talking about how they first became involved in the Lucasfilm and Disney project.

“As any of you can imagine, it is an incredibly daunting task,” Kennedy told the crowd, adding that her experience on the Indiana Jones movies and others helped her prepare for the job.

Abrams revealed that he initially turned down the job of helming the first new Star Wars film. He had wanted to break away from sequels and franchises. But then he sat down with Kennedy. “In having a conversation with you, it was impossible to say no,” Abrams said to Kennedy.

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New images from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ have been revealed yesterday during the panel at the Star Wars Celebration and you can now find them in our gallery!

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Daisy attended the Burberry ‘London in Los Angeles’ event on April 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. High quality pictures have been added to the gallery!

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Daisy, along with her co-star John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, made a surprise appearance at the yesterday’s ‘The Force Awakens’ Panel during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in California and she looked stunning! It really was a pleasure for the fans to finally see the new faces of ‘Star Wars’. You can find high quality pictures in our gallery, and don’t forget that you can also follow us on twitter for updates.

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