Meet the ‘Star Wars’ Fans Lining Up in Hollywood 12 Days Before ‘Force Awakens …

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Daisy Ridley stuns in striking sophisticated suit as she joins co-stars at Star Wars: The Force Awakens event in South Korea.

The 23-year-old star of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was starting to question a lot of things about what life would hold now that he was part of what’s expected to be one of the biggest films of all time.

Perched in a small living room setup inside the cavernous Los Angeles Convention Center, this is the final stretch of Abrams’ journey to this galaxy far, far away and back again, which started nearly three years ago. The brunette beauty has already charmed her way into the hearts of fans after she posted her emotional reaction to viewing the first trailer of the upcoming film. Abrams and continues the interstellar saga of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo some 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” (1983), is also a launching pad for two young actors who are barely half as old as the “Star Wars” franchise itself.

Before landing the role of Rey following an intense five-audition process, Daisy had appeared in numerous British TV shows including ITV’s Mr Selfridge, Silent Witness and Casualty. Daisy Ridley, who plays a mysterious scavenger named Rey, and John Boyega, who plays a disaffected stormtrooper named Finn, are among the new heroes of “The Force Awakens” and are bracing themselves for the biggest roles of their careers. The casting has transformed the 23-year-old’s life and she recently revealed she sought help from fellow Brit actress Emma Watson on how to approach her new-found fame. I would send him an email at almost any hour asking some arcane question and I’d hit send and I’d hear “ding” and he’d already have responded with an answer.

What you realize, by the way, in working on these movies is that even things that are canon, that are beloved and absolute to fans, are very much fluid and in flux. Selfridge.” Now, in these excerpts from recent interviews at a Midtown hotel restaurant, they discuss how they are getting ready for worldwide visibility and making their marks on a multibillion-dollar franchise that until now has not had much use for nonwhite, nonmale leads.

He didn’t want to burden his fellow veteran cast mates like Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill with questions about their experiences and how they handled their light speed ascendancy to otherworldly stardom. When I was watching the reels in 3-D, there were a number of shots — and I know this sounds insane — that I hadn’t understood in the three-dimensional space quite the way I did when I saw them in 3-D.

I’m going to be in ‘Star Wars.’ If he has time, can Robert Downey Jr. mentor me?” He wasn’t exactly sure that it would result in anything, but figured it was worth a shot. It was the start of a true friendship that’s since resulted in more hours-long chats, hang-outs, and even a chicken and waffles date. “Good lord we get deep,” Boyega said of their conversations. “For the most part it’s definitely private, but in general, his thing has always been inner peace and how to deal with this on a mental level. Taking care of your mental health is something that he talks to me about.” Whether it’s Downey’s influence or not, Boyega has been weathering the attention with expert grace — even the ugly stuff.

Though I love that we all have access to movies on the devices in our pockets and I love that home screens are often better than theater 17 at the multiplex, I also feel like movies speak to a human desire, if not need, to congregate and to experience stories communally. They’re experiences that allow us to feel that connectivity, which is truly what Star Wars is all about — the Force and the idea that we’re all connected.

In whatever format it is, whatever screening, whatever the best available version is, I would just argue that, if possible, to try to see it with a crowd. Finn could have been anyone. “The ‘Star Wars’ fans, their reputation can’t be ruined by a few individuals,” Boyega said. “Let’s just leave them on their island and go and enjoy a ‘Star Wars’ movie.” “I will be everywhere, and I don’t mean on the posters,” he said. “I want to see exactly how people are feeling. She was probably thinking, “How on earth are you here?” My birthday was the hardest, because I was exhausted, the training was intense and I had to sit around with other people. J. was just like, “I loved ‘Attack the Block,’ and I’d love to get you in something.” Mind you, at the time, everybody was saying that to me.

I would have thought, “Oh, maybe there’s an active agenda there.” It looked like they were just trying to look for the best actors for the parts. He told me straight up, “You’re the new star of ‘Star Wars.’” They’re from a Nigerian culture that has no interest in spaceships and all that nonsense. It’s Hollywood’s fault, for letting this get so far, that when a black person or a female, or someone from a different cultural group is cast in a movie, we have to have debates as to whether they’re placed there just to meet a [quota].

I also understand, on the flip side, where these other mentalities will arise. “He’s just placed there for political correctness.” I don’t hear you guys saying that when Brad Pitt is there.

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