Sure the movie is shooting now, but that doesn’t mean that Star Wars Episode VII is done casting. No way. The production has announced two new additions to the cast today, a pair of unknowns named Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson. Clarke and Anderson will join fellow new cast members John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow, along with returning cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker.
So who are these people? Clarke is an American actress who’s currently studying in Glasgow and about to make her feature debut, and Anderson is an expert in parkour who recent showed off his talents in this Spider-Man ad. Star Wars and parkour? Now there’s an interesting combination. Like chocolate and peanut butter. There’s no word yet who they’re playing, just as there’s no official word yet on who any of the new cast members are playing, but it at least seems like director J.J. Abrams is keeping true to his word about diversifying the cast. The announcement also includes an update on the shooting schedule and the status of the injured Harrison Ford.
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.
As Kennedy said above, the Star Wars films have a proud tradition of banking on unproven talent. Sometimes that works like with original trilogy stars Hamill and Fisher, and sometimes it doesn’t as with prequel trilogy star Hayden Christensen. It’s a pretty big deal to get your big break in a major Hollywood movie, but getting your big break in a Star Wars movie is like hitting the winning home run of the World Series your first game as a major league ball player. No pressure or anything for Ms. Clarke and Mr. Anderson though.
Star Wars Episode VII is in theaters everywhere next December.
Source: Coming Soon