Remember when J.J. Abrams had that “open audition” where anyone in the world could submit an audition tape for Star Wars: Episode VII? Well, it seems The Force is strong with Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson as the two were added to the Star Wars: Episode VII cast and will inhabit two mysterious roles that as of yet have not been announced.
Producers took a look at over 37,000 people across 11 cities in the United States and Britain, of which 30,000 of those came from online submissions. Lucasfilm released a statement as to how they narrowed down the tens of thousands to just two.
“Having hunted high and low for young and undiscovered talent, the filmmakers are delighted to announce that two actors from the open call have been cast,” the statement said.
Clarke is an American thespian who is studying in Glasgow and has experience working both on the stage and screen. Meanwhile, Anderson is a British actor and one who is deeply routed in the action art of Parkour -- which we cannot wait to see utilized in the Star Wars universe.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is clearly thrilled with the choices.
“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,” Kennedy said.
“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.”
Filming is currently ongoing, but will take a two-week break in August while Harrison Ford’s broken leg finishes up its healing process.
Look for Star Wars: Episode VII to land on December 18, 2015.