Star Wars Episode VII is to introduce new acting
talents picked from an open casting call.
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that relative newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip
Andersen will be joining Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie as the newest faces to
appear in the latest chapter. They will star alongside classic trilogy actors Mark Hamill,
Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, plus John Boyega, Daisy Ridley,
and Andy Serkis. Both were discovered during the film’s ‘open
door’ casting period, which saw more than 67,000 hopefuls try out
in person, at auditions held in both the UK and US, and through
Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow, whose
first feature film appearance will be as Magali in The Moon and the
Sun, based on the sci-fi/historical romance novel by Vonda N.
McIntyre. Coincidentally, McIntyre is herself no stranger to
Star Wars, having penned spin-off The Crystal
Star in 1994. Like most non-movie Star Wars
content though, it was wiped from continuity when Disney killed the Expanded Universe.
Pip Andersen is
slightly better known, though predominantly for his parkour work.
LucasArts highlights his rather brilliant Spider-Man
ad with Sony — proving that a casting announcement can
apparently overcome studio rivalries — and you can check out a
host of his other skills on his YouTube
“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, via press release.
Clarke and Andersen will likely be amongst the cast filming when
production resumes in August. Following Harrison Ford’s injury
on-set resulting in a broken leg, production on the film will halt for two weeks to
allow him time to heal. Disney and Lucasfilm have no word yet on
roles for either of the new cast additions, though expect something
more physical for Andersen at the least, given his experience.