Lupita Nyong’o Awakens the Force in ‘Star Wars’ Role
‘Star Wars': A Spoiler-Free Guide to What’s Important Before Watching ‘Force Awakens’.
Yes, it’s only wardrobe, but that small clothing choice is emblematic of the new direction in which the “Star Wars” franchise seems to be heading — a franchise that now has a woman as its hero. “Young girls can look at her and know that they can wear trousers if they want to,” Ridley told Elle in November. “That they don’t have to show off their bodies.” For six previous movies, “Star Wars” has been all about the boys.
REUTERS: An Australian couple got married on Thursday as they waited in line for the first U.S. public showings of “Star Wars; The Force Awakens,” while movie theatres around the country held marathons of the previous films in the franchise.“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” blasted off to $14.1 million at the international box office on Wednesday, setting the stage for one of the biggest openings in movie history. And even Leia was often used as either a thing to be saved, a bickering romantic foil to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) or as eye candy in Jabba’s palace, wearing that infamous bikini.
Abrams’ incarnation of the beloved franchise was released more than a year ago, fans have been enamored with the — likely box-office breaking — film, which continues the story of Luke, Han and Leia, as well as introducing all new heroes and villains into the Star Wars universe. Online ticket seller Fandango said on Thursday that the new movie, which has received glowing reviews, has already broken its record for the most tickets sold for any film’s entire theatrical run. “The extraordinary ticketing demand is truly unprecedented. Industry analysts and rival studios believe that “The Force Awakens” could trump “Jurassic World’s” record $524.9 million global opening, and predict the film will be among the highest-grossing of all time.
In the film, out Friday, she plays Rey, an orphaned desert scavenger who can repair ships, scale walls and take down enemies with her stick weapon — often while a male character stands helplessly by. Ridley has said that she had a “weird feeling” about the role. “I had four or five auditions over seven months, and it was a very emotional time,” she told the Hollywood Reporter in November. “My first few auditions really didn’t feel good, but my last audition suddenly felt like something clicked.” Director J.J. Abrams has said he was intentionally looking for fresh faces that “the audience could discover as these characters, not as actors they’d seen elsewhere.” She first discovered acting while attending the posh private Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, located about an hour outside London (Jessica Brown Findlay of “Downton Abbey” is an alumna).
Disney and Abrams worked to keep as much of the plot to the new film under lock and key during all stages of production, including applying for a drone dome due to all the areal spying. Selfridge” and played a murder victim on the crime drama “Silent Witness.” “On the first day of filming, we hung her upside down in a prison cell,” Lee Jones tells The Post of the sci-fi short film “Blue Season” that he directed in 2013 starring Ridley. “Another time, we were filming outside in the freezing cold, and she was just wearing a thin T-shirt, but she just battled on and kept going.” For starters, the “reedy” actress was asked to build muscle, in order to believably play someone who could hoist scrap metal and beat up Stormtroopers. I thought I was gonna have a panic attack on the first day,” Ridley told UK Glamour earlier this month. “J.J. probably doesn’t remember telling me that my performance was wooden. Carrie Fisher gave her one piece of useful advice: “I said it’s hard to date once you’re a big ‘Star Wars’ star, because you don’t want to give people the ability to say, ‘I had sex with Princess Leia,’ ” Fisher said in Interview magazine.
In another modern switch on the familiar Hollywood script, Ridley may not choose to stick with acting, where she’ll no doubt be left competing to play the bland girlfriend roles typically offered to young women. A second preview, this one almost two minutes long, gave fans their first glimpse of Ford reprising the role that helped make him a household name. “Chewie, we’re home,” Han Solo says. Producers for that film were said to have faced great challenges pulling the film together due to Trank’s behavior, described by one insider as “erratic” and at times “very isolated.” Over the summer, it was announced that maybe the most beloved character in the entire franchise would have even more of a future — or rather a past. Not long after this time, Abrams and the other stars began making appearances on late night talk shows, further stoking the raging anticipation for the film that was finally weeks away from release.
Finally, the world premiere took place Monday night in Los Angeles.Early, non-spoiler reaction to the film was overwhelming positive.On Wednesday, the European premiere took place in London.
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