Star Wars: Episode VII has added two more to the ever-growing cast — Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen. This follows a series of open casting calls throughout the United States and the United Kingdom late last year. Over 37,000 young actors auditioned in person in eleven cities, with another 30,000 submitting audition material online. Speculation is that this is connected to the November 2013 casting call for “Rachel” and “Thomas” — which are undoubtedly cover names.
Clarke, an American actress studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, UK, has both stage and screen experience and will be seen in her first feature, The Moon and the Sun, which will be out in 2015.
Andersen, a parkour practitioner, was featured doing such in a Spider-Man advertisement for Sony’s Xperia:
“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, in the same production update, Lucasfilm also announced that the production will take a two-week hiatus in August to make adjustments in the production schedule after Harrison Ford’s injury has turned out to be more serious than first believed. Originally reported as an ankle injury after a hydraulic door fell on him, Ford now is said to have a broken leg and is recovering. The Lucasfilm update says the film is still on track to meet its December 2015 release date.