Casting Calls

Almost every classic Hollywood role was hotly pursued behind the scenes. This series looks at the most famous roles of all-time and reveals the stories behind how they were cast, which other actors were considered, and how your favorite stars landed the part.
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Daisy Ridley
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Special InterestTalk Show and Variety
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Aaron Berman
Season year
2019
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