STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Adds Two Newcomers [UPDATED]

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UPDATE: Below you will also find a video of Kevin Smith’s Q&A at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland, where he talks at length about his Star Wars: Episode VII set visit.

Imagine your first big break in acting is a role in Star Wars. This awesome thing just happened to unknowns Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson today.

Two young actors have signed on for parts in Star Wars: Episode VII and they had to beat out 67,000 other hopefuls to do it. I’m glad to see they’re continuing to get unknown talents.

The J.J. Abrams-directed sci-fi film is currently shooting at Pinewood Studios in London and is still scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.

Check out the note posted on StarWars.com:

At the end of last year Lucasfilm and Disney invited all young aspiring actors to attend an open casting call for roles in J.J Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. The casting calls spanned 11 cities across the US and UK and over 37,000 hopefuls attended, with a further 30,000 submitting applications online.

Having hunted high and low for young and undiscovered talent, the filmmakers are delighted to announce that two actors from the open call call have been cast.

Crystal 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). British actor Pip Anderson is a skilled practitioner of parkour, a discipline that involves propelling oneself through any given environment with incredible grace and agility. Pip recently demonstrated this remarkable skill in a Spider-Man ad for Sony.

“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,” said producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Meanwhile, principal photography continues at Pinewood Studios in London after wrapping on location in Abu Dhabi in May.

In August, the team will take a brief two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made as actor Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury. Harrison is doing well and is looking forward to returning to the set soon. Shooting remains on track to wrap in the fall with the film scheduled for release on December 18, 2015.

 

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Here’s an excerpt where Kevin Smith talks about watching a bit of filming:

What I saw, I absolutely loved. It was tactile — it was real. It wasn’t a series of fucking green screens and blue screens in which later a bunch of digital characters would be added. IT was there, it was happening. I saw old friends who I haven’t seen since my childhood, who aren’t really friends, but I love them more than some of my fucking relatives. I saw uniforms, I saw artillery I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that was real. I walked across the set, there were explosions. And it looked like a shot right out of a Star Wars movie.

See for yourself Smith talk about his visit to the Star Wars: Episode VII set at the 35:00 mark: