During a 2017 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Billie Lourd — the daughter of the late Carrie Fisher — revealed she met with J.J. Abrams to discuss playing Rey in The Force Awakens, but ultimately ended up with a smaller role.
“J.J. Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn’t find someone for the lead,” she explained. “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 lines. I was super excited.”