Newcomers Crystal Clarke & Pip Anderson Join STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
After an extensive search for some new blood for Star Wars: Episode VII, Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke are the two actors who've won roles in the currently shooting J.J. Abrams flick, beating almost 67,000 others for the highly sought after parts. The official announcement below (via The Wrap) provides some info on the pair, and also includes quotes from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and an update on the injured Harrison Ford's recovery -- it seems they will be taking a short break from filming after all.
Disney and Lucasfilm have chosen these two from 67,000 actors who applied for the roles online and at casting calls. No info on who they'll play (of course) but an official announcement also gives us an update on Harrison Ford's progress.
"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 Anderson 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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