DIGITAL SPY – Graham Norton’s upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens-themed episode of his BBC One series is getting a guest shuffle.

Originally set to feature a chat with Mark Hamill, Norton will now welcome the franchise’s young stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega on December 18 instead.

Perhaps Hamill has been yanked in order to preserve that blockbuster secret he’s being paid handsomely to keep?

In any event, the original Star Wars trilogy will still be represented on The Graham Norton Show’s Christmas special as Carrie Fisher joins her young co-stars.

If three Star Wars casts members simply aren’t enough for you, the chatshow will also boast a performance from pop legend Kylie Minogue on the night.

In this interview for MovieManiacsDE, Daisy talks about her role as Rey in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and about working with John Boyega.

THE GUARDIAN – Daisy Ridley made her first feature film three years ago, a project by the film-maker Peter Hearn and his students at Andover College, where he is a lecturer. Ridley, like the handful of other professionals working with the students, was paid expenses for her role as a comic book drawing come to life, but that was about it.

Daisy Ridley’s second feature film is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh in the multibillion-dollar series. And if internet rumours are anything to go by (they’re not normally, of course, but Star Wars fans tend to be an obsessively analytical and keen-eyed bunch), Ridley’s character Rey, a staff-wielding scavenger picking through the wreckage of battles, is the film’s lead. “She’s not a superhero,” the British actor has said. “She’s a normal girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so it’s very relatable.”

Ridley’s leap from bit parts in British TV dramas to the biggest film franchise in the world is a legitimate overnight success. “It’s a great place to come from,” she said in an interview with Vogue in September. “Nobody has any expectations of me until they see the film.”

Ridley had heard that the film-makers were seeing not just famous actors and she lobbied her agent to get her an audition. She auditioned five times for the film’s director, JJ Abrams.

Casting an unknown was entirely deliberate, Abrams said recently. “That’s something I remember loving about the original trilogy: not having seen these people before,” he told Elle magazine. “It was exciting but also terrifying because we knew that there was going to be a certain level of scrutiny and expectation on who these people were going to be. So they needed to be actors whom the audience could discover as these characters, not as actors they’d seen elsewhere. Ideally, it needed to be people like Daisy – somewhat experienced, but mostly new to the game.”

Ridley, 23, grew up in west London with four older sisters. Her mother works in communications for a bank and her father is a photographer. A great uncle was the actor Arnold Ridley, who appeared as Private Godfrey in the classic TV comedy Dad’s Army.

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Daisy attended last night’s Star Wars: Fashion Finds The Force event at the Old Selfridges Hotel in London. Ten London-based designers showcased catwalks looks inspired by ‘The Force Awakens’, now available by online auction here in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity on behalf of “Star Wars: Force for Change”.

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