Any part in Star Wars is significant. Today’s actors almost definitely spent their formative years exploring the fictional places George Lucas imagined in the far-off galaxy. Even if it’s only for a few lines or a single scene, getting to play in that sandbox is always exciting.
Billie Lourd is a Star Wars fanatic, unlike most others. After all, Carrie Fisher, who played Leia Organa in the Star Wars films and is unquestionably one of the finest Star Wars characters, rose to fame in Hollywood. When the Star Wars series made a comeback in the 2010s with three new films, Lourd seized the opportunity to join the cast.
In the end, Lourd played Lieutenant Connix, a Resistance warrior, in each of the Sequel Trilogy’s three episodes. However, there was a period when she was considered for a considerably larger role in each of the final three Star Wars films. She certainly would have performed admirably.
Lourd said to Ellen DeGeneres in 2017 that she first auditioned to play Rey (we won’t name her Skywalker), the protagonist of the whole trilogy. In the end, it was Daisy Ridley who landed the high-paying part, joining Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and John Boyega as Finn in the new group of heroes.
“J.J. Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn’t find someone for the lead,” said Lourd. “I went in and he ended up giving me this tiny role with a couple of lines and I was super excited. I didn’t know what was going to happen, ended up going and fell in love with it — was weirdly singing Jersey Boys on set, really comfortable.”
Prior to Carrie Fisher’s untimely death in December 2016, Lourd said it was “incredible” to collaborate with her mother on some of the franchise’s finest films. Lourd said: “I’m a big believer in things happening for a reason and I think I ended up in that movie for a reason. It was really incredible for us to have that experience together.”
In addition to being a body duplicate for the young Leia in flashback scenes during The Rise of Skywalker, Lourd did some excellent work in her minor part. But we really appreciate what Daisy Ridley accomplished with Rey, and we firmly believe that Rey merits her own Star Wars film.