While catching up with Adam Driver (who plays Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars Trilogy) for V Magazine, Daisy Ridley informed us that her character was not always Rey. While she was always the protagonist, Rey was once known by a different name: Keera. Driver is interviewing Ridley and asks, “What were your initial conversations with J.J. [Abrams] about your character? Did you know the character’s name was Rey?” Ridley responded:
It's always interesting to me how details like that are sometimes not so set in stone. Personally, I like the name switch they did. Also, I’m sure it made it a lot easier for the sound engineers to use Alec Guinness’ voice in The Force Awakens. Can you imagine them trying to do that same stunt with “Keera”?
You can see Ridley and Driver in Star Wars: The Last Jedi starting December 15, 2017.