The Matrix Resurrections and Iron Fist star Jessica Henwick has said she was cast in Knives Out 2 because she was cut from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Jessica Henwick is an actress whose star is quickly rising. She became well known for her role as Colleen Wing in the Netflix Iron Fist show but had a number of other minor supporting roles in some fairly well-known projects. One such project was Star Wars: The Force Awakens but was notably absent from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jessica Henwick portrayed the X-Wing pilot Jess Testor who aided Poe Damion with his attack on the Star Killer base. At one point she almost played the new trilogy’s main protagonist, Rey, but settled for a supporting role instead. However, she was unfortunately cut from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and she did have an issue with it.
In a recent interview, Jessica Henwick revealed that she wanted to talk to Knives Out and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson specifically because she was cut from the film. She spoke to the director on the issue who, according to the actress, was morally obliged to cast her in his Knives Out sequel because of it:
“When I was a teenager, I watched ‘Brick’ in school and I loved it. So I wrote [Rian Johnson] a fan email, and he never responded. Cut to seven years later, I’m in [‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’], and I’m meant to go back to [‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’]. But Rian cuts me out of the project! Cut to this year, I finally got sent this script and I was like, ‘Put me in coach. Give me a Zoom. I don’t care if I get it. I just want to speak to Rian.’ So I revealed all of this to him. I was like, ‘I have a bone to pick with you!’ And of course, he was forced — he was morally obligated — to cast me in ‘Knives Out.’”
Here is the official synopsis for Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
“In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.”
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Frank Oz, and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the franchise and Rian Johnson’s upcoming Knives Out film and Jessica Henwick’s involvement in it and be sure to subscribe to The Hamden Journal’s YouTube channel for more original video content.