Thursday, 10 July 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII adds two new cast members

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have just announced two more additions to J.J. Abrams already well stocked Star Wars: Episode VII ensemble in the shape of Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson.

The pair were plucked from the massive open casting call that Disney and Lucasfilm held at the end of last year. From a deep pool of more than 70,000 submissions both in person and online, these two made it through.

Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow who has largely worked in the theatre, with two films due in 2015, The Moon And The Sun and Woman In Gold. Anderson is a parkour expert who has mostly been a stunt performer. Sounds like his skills will be put to good use on either the side of the Force.

"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 in a statement on the official Star Wars website.

These latest additions will join Star Wars veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and new saga arrivals John Boyega (Attack The Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones) and Max von Sydow (Shutter Island).

The film – which has already shot in Abu Dhabi and is currently in production at London's Pinewood studios – will break for a two-week hiatus next month as schedules are shifted to accommodate Harrison Ford's recent broken leg. But despite recent chatter about a shifted release date, the latest Star Wars: Episode VII remains on track to arrive on 18 December 2015.

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