Yellowjackets Star Courtney Eaton Was Almost Rey In Star Wars

After Kessell described delivering a bang-on audition however failing to get a name again for M. Night Shyamalan’s “After Earth,” Eaton described her personal “devastation.”

“I was up for the ‘Star Wars’ role that Daisy Ridley ended up doing,” she recounted. “It was an intense scene, but I wasn’t getting it, and I was getting really frustrated with myself. It was a test with the costume director and J. J. Abrams, so essentially I ended up getting so worked up that I had a panic attack and ruined my audition.”

Rey’s first look was in 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” that means auditions will need to have occured in 2014, if not all the way in which again in 2013. That would have made Eaton round 17-18 years previous, and by that point she solely had one display credit score to her identify. It was a robust one, although: Cheedo the Fragile, one of many enslaved wives of Immortan Joe in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Eaton made a robust impression regardless of having few to no traces within the movie, however you possibly can solely think about the immense quantity of strain the younger actress felt to nail an audition for what can be a life-altering function.

When Eaton’s agent referred to as for a run down, she instructed them plainly, “‘I had a panic attack in front of J. J. Abrams. Maybe it worked for the scene, maybe it didn’t.'” It was an expertise that may “forever haunt” Eaton, however it’s much more haunting to think about what “Yellowjackets” can be with out her commanding and ethereal efficiency at its core. We by no means want for the actors we like to fail. But simply this one time, Eaton’s well-known flop may need been for the very best.

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