Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cailey Fleming Discusses Playing Young Rey In 'The Force Awakens'

By: Benjamin Hart

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are ahead!

Now that Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens has been in theaters for over a month we're finally able to dig deeper into the production, specifically shedding light on some lesser know actors that had small but important roles in the film. The guys at Star Wars News Net recently alerted us to one such actress named Cailey Fleming. 8 year old Cailey hails from Picayune, Mississippi and has been an aspiring actor since she was 4. Her short career has put her in numerous productions on the big and small screen, but none can be bigger than one of her latest roles. At some point Cailey auditioned for a film role and got the part which, unbeknownst to her at the time, was for Young Rey in The Force Awakens.

One of the most intruguing sequences in the film involves Rey(Daisy Ridley) experiencing a vision after touching the Skywalker Lightsaber in the basement of Maz Kanata's Castle. A portion of the vision shows a much younger Rey on Jakku watching and calling out to a ship flying away, one presumably carrying her family. In an interview with the Picayune Item, Cailey Fleming discussed her experience filming the scene at Bad Robot Studios in Los Angeles:

“It was fun and we filmed at the headquarters on the roof. I wore war clothes and had makeup on my arms to make it look like I was in the desert. I met Daisy Ridley, who was really nice. The director, J.J. Abrams was super nice and he sent to me to Disneyland. Every time we did a scene he would yell ‘cut’ and bring strawberries.”

Cailey also talked about her reaction upon seeing herself in the film:

“Before I saw my face, you could hear my voice, so I knew when my part was coming and then my face came on the big screen. I was excited. It’s a good movie and people should see it.”

It's awesome to hear Cailey's story and get to know her better. And as a Mississippian myself, it was especially exciting to know someone else from my home state has a crucial role in the Star Wars saga(the other being the legendary James Earl Jones). We still know very little about Rey's past, which the creators have promised will be elaborated on in future films. Hopefully there will be room in Episodes VIII and/or IX for Cailey to reprise her role and shed some light on the character's lineage.

Source: Picayune Item
Via: Star Wars News Net

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