LucasFilm has announced that two new actors have joined the cast of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. The two actors attended an open casting call for the roles. According to the report, the casting calls spanned 11 cities across the US and UK and over 37,000 hopefuls attended. On top of that, over 30,000 people submitted applications online.
Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen landed the roles. According to the report, Clarke is an "American actress studying in Glasgow, UK, who has both stage and screen acting experience and is soon to be seen in her first feature, The Moon and the Sun (to be released in 2015)." As for Andersen, he is a British skilled practitioner of parkour, and recently demonstrated that badass skill in a Spider-Man ad for Sony.
Producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement:
"The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition. We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film."
I really do like that Abrams and Lucasfilm cast a bunch of relatively unknown actors in the film. I think it will make what they are doing with the story and characters that much more meaningful. The two new actors will join the previously cast Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, and Max von Sydow.
They also made a statement regarding Ford's injury, saying that he's "doing well and is looking forward to returning to the set soon." Shooting remains on track and will wrap up in the fall with the film scheduled for release on December 18th, 2015.
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