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  • 30 April 2014, 13:34

Star Wars VII Propels Unknowns To Stardom

The name of one of the new cast members of the forthcoming Star Wars film has become among the most searched for terms on Google within hours of being announced.

Daisy Ridley, who will star in Star Wars VII alongside original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, was running top on Google Trends on Wednesday morning.

Just hours after it was revealed she will take one of the top female roles, more than 200,000 people had Googled her name.

She is one of three little-known actors based in the UK and Ireland who will be catapulted to stardom having won a place in one of the most anticipated movies of the decade.

The others, John Boyega and Domhnall Gleeson, have already had moderate screen success but their new roles will be by far the biggest of their careers so far.

Just 15 hours after she opened her Twitter account, Ms Ridley already had nearly 2,000 followers.

She tweeted: "Overwhelmed by all the support. This is the greatest day of my life. I'm told I can't say who I'm playing yet, but it's exciting!"

According her agent Jonathan Arun, Ms Ridley was previously cast straight out of school as Jessie in Youngers, which was shown on E4. She has also had parts in Casualty, Mr Selfridge, Toast of London and Silent Witness.

Her agent's website also said she was due to appear in the next Inbetweeners movie, shooting for which started in January 2014.

Domhnall Gleeson is the best known of the three, having had roles in the Coen brothers' remake of True Grit; Richard Curtis' About Time with Rachel McAdams; and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, in which he played Ron Weasley's brother

He is the son of legendary Irish actor Brendan Gleeson who appeared in numerous Hollywood films including Braveheart, Cold Mountain, Mission Impossible II and Gangs of New York.

John Boyega will be the fourth black actor to take a major role in the franchise, after James Earl Jones, who voiced Darth Vader, Billy Dee Williams who played Lando Calrissian and Samuel L Jackson, who played Jedi Master Mace Windu.

He is best known for Attack The Block, a 2011 British comedy written by DJ and comedian Joe Cornish, and a 2014 US indie gangster film Imperial Dreams.

A fourth less well-known actor is expected to be picked to fill an as yet uncast role, according to HollywoodReporter.com. According to the website the actor being sought is a mixed-race female.

The casting follows a UK-wide search for new talent which was attended by thousands.

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