The daughter of the late Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has revealed that she auditioned for the role of Rey in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Billie Loud made the revelation on the Ellen DeGeneres show while promoting her latest project, American Horror Story: Cult.
Lourd appeared in The Force Awakens as Kaydel Ko Connix, a lieutenant colonel in the Resistance, and she will reprise the role in Episode VIII of the franchise, The Last Jedi, which is slated for release in December.
But she told Ellen that she almost secured an even bigger part, having been called by director JJ Abrams for an audition in his quest to fill the role of Rey, the central protagonist of the new Star Wars series.
Eventually the gig went to British actress Daisy Ridley, who earned rave reviews for her performance as Rey after being plucked from relatively.
Nonetheless Lourd said she wasn't bitter about being overlooked, describing Ridley as "an incredible actress - so talented!"
Lourd's mother became an international superstar playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, but went on to suffer from drink and drug problems until her death from a heart attack last December.
Despite her untimely passing, Fisher remains on of the most famous actresses in history and an icon for Star Wars