Star Wars Episode VII Production Update reveals that two actors from last year’s casting call have joined the cast and gives an update on the shooting schedule.pip-crystal-1536x864-754960233252

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 Andersen 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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  1. Pip Andersen looks to have a pretty big YouTube following for his parkour videos (his account posted the Spider-Man ad). I have to assume that he was hired to show off his acrobatic skill. A new Darth Maul style villain, perhaps?

    We don’t know how big either of their roles will be, but it’s good to see more diversity still being added (even if we keep also getting white dudes).

    There have been rumors that the film would be pushed back to 2016, but there you have it, it’s still on track for 12-18-15. Interesting that the schedule changes haven’t yet been made, so presumably things have been proceeding as planned (or pretty close to it) so far.

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