October 20, 2016 / 6:57 AM / 2 years ago

'Star Wars' actress takes on diverse role for Kazakh documentary

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Donning a different mantle from her breakout central role in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, British actress Daisy Ridley took to the red carpet as both narrator and executive producer for the documentary “The Eagle Huntress”.

British Actress Daisy Ridley poses for photographers at the Empire Awards in London, Britain March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

The story of a 13-year-old girl who trains to become the first female eagle hunter in Kazakhstan in decades, “The Eagle Huntress” stars a young Kazakh girl called Aisholpan, who also attended the premiere, a new experience for her.

“The first time I saw myself in the movie I was very excited to see it,” Aisholpan explained. “It was funny and interesting but I didn’t know it was going to be that big.”

Already well-received at the Sundance Film Festival this year, “The Eagle Huntress” opens in theaters on limited release on November 2.

Reporting by Reuters TV, Writing by Karishma Singh; Editing by Michael Perry

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