Late last year Lucasfilm and Disney announced a series of open casting calls to find new talent to fill vacant roles in Star Wars Episode VII. Tens of thousands of hopeful young actors showed up to audition and from those, two have been officially cast in J.J Abrams’s highly anticipated sequel.
British parkour practitioner Pip Andersen and American newcomer Crystal Clarke have been cast in unspecified roles, Clarke makes her feature debut next year in The Moon and the Sun alongside William Hurt and Pierce Brosnan. Anderson has no film or TV credits to his name but showcased his death defying skills as Spider-Man in a Sony commercial from 2012.
The announcement was made on StarWars.com and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy commented on the casting additions.
“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,"
The update also revealed that the production will take a two-week break in August, this minor hiatus isn’t anything to panic about as it’s merely to accommodate schedule changes as a result of Harrison Ford’s ankle injury last month. Despite reports that J.J Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy were at odds with Disney to delay the release date, a two-week re-group appears to have calmed any alleged debate even if those reports were unconfirmed. All systems are still go for Star Wars Episode VII to launch worldwide December 18, 2015.