Carrie Fisher's Daughter Billie Lourd Auditioned To Play 'Star Wars' Rey

"[JJ Abrams] couldn't find someone for the lead"

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Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd has revealed that she could have had a major role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Billie made her acting debut as Lieutenant Connix opposite her mum in The Force Awakens, appearing briefly in a couple of scenes, but she has now revealed on The Ellen Show that she could have played Rey.

"JJ Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn't find someone for the lead," Billie recalled.

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"He ended up finding Daisy Ridley who's an incredible actress, so talented. But I went in and he ended up giving me this tiny role with a couple of lines. I was super excited. I didn't know what was going to happen and ended up going and fell in love with it."

Billie added that it was Carrie who told her that she should carry on acting since she felt so "comfortable" on set.

"[She] said, 'This is really weird that you're comfortable here. This is one of the most uncomfortable environments in the world. If you're comfortable here, you should do this,'" she explained.

Billie will appear again in The Last Jedi and will also likely feature in Episode 9, especially now that JJ Abrams has signed on to direct the trilogy closer.

Earlier this year, she took her mother's place in a reunion photo at Star Wars Celebration, alongside Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released in UK cinemas on 14 December and in US cinemas on 15 December.

From: Digital Spy