The efforts began in earnest in late January when he invited Ridley into his trailer on the pretense of discussing their film, and then ambushed her with Star Wars questions.
"I had an important question to ask you, I'm so sorry. I meant to call you last night, but it's about today's scene," Gad asks off-screen as he films his co-star on his phone. "Um, who are the last Jedi? Like, is it one [Jedi]? Or is it more than one?"
"No, were not doing this," a smiling-yet-annoyed Ridley calmly shoots back.
"Josh, I'm not answering any of your Star Wars questions," Ridley says as she walks into Gad's trailer, in a video he posted on Feb. 8.
"No, Daisy, you're not. You're answering her Star Wars questions," Gad says, panning the camera around to reveal Dench sitting at a table with a very serious look on her face.
"Have you been tested for midi-chlorians?" Dench asks, pointedly. When she doesn't get a response, the interrogation continues. "Is Snoke Palpatine? Are you the last Jedi? Why don't you answer my damn questions?"
Finally, on Monday, Gad made one final last-ditch effort to squeeze some spoilers out of the tight-lipped actress by inviting her over to his house where he'd called together an A-list team of superstars, who all wanted some answers of their own.
Chris Pratt, Penelope Cruz, Bryce Dallas Howard, Leslie Odom Jr., Lucy Boynton, Tom Bateman and Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow (who will also be helming Star Wars: Episode IX) were all sitting around in the study, and pounced on Ridley as soon as she walked through the door.
"Anything you could tell us would be helpful," Trevorrow pleads, as Gad pans the camera around the assembly.
"Did the heels of your boots ever get stuck in the grates of the Millennium Falcon?" Howard asks, coyly calling back to the criticism her Jurassic World character, Claire Dearing, received for wearing heels while running around the jungle.
"I'm in Guardians of the Galaxy," an adorably uncomfortable Pratt offers.
As Gad gets questions from the circle, the last guest to ask Ridley for some secrets is Star Wars: The Force Awakens
director J.J. Abrams, who passed the directing torch to Rian Johnson
for the hotly anticipated eighth episode.
"Does Luke finally get to say any lines in Episode VIII? Please tell me, Daisy," Abrams begs. As the camera swings back around to Ridley, it's clear she's barely able to contain her laughter.