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Here's What We Know About Those New 'Star Wars' Characters

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | July 7, 2014 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | July 7, 2014 |


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As you’ve no doubt already read, over the weekend, two new actors were added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

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Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson* were selected from, by Disney’s count, 67,000 live auditions and online submissions from a worldwide casting call. No details have been announced yet as to their characters, but the casting breakdowns from last year may give us a good idea of what we’re looking at. Of course, with a high-profile movie like this, these are likely to be just the general archetypal hint of what these characters are about. You know, for secrecy.

First they were seeking a “young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial). Must be 16 or over.”

RACHEL: Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.

Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.


Next is a “young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be 18 or over.” Note the lack of “open to all ethnicities.” This is casting code for “white dudes only.”

THOMAS: Has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.
And here’s the side that those 67,000 actors auditioned with. (Or some percentage of those 67,000. There were a few other roles auditioning as well.) Again, there’s no way in hell this is a scene we’ll be seeing in the movie. It’s most likely just to give a general feel of the characters’ types. Plus, if Pip and Crystal can handle this stilted, ultra Lucasian dialogue, they’re sure to be fit for a Star Wars film.


Star Wars- Episode VII Open Audition Scene.pdf


*If those already aren’t the names of the leads in a YA series about precocious teen detectives, then someone please get on that immediately.

Via LSR and Open Casting.


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