I’m sure most fans are still feeling excited about the Episode VII casting announcement we got yesterday, and now The Hollywood Reporter has posted an interesting story that gives us some more insight into how the casting process went for J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy in selecting the actors for the movie. Here is a portion of the story:
It took nine months of meet-and-greets, script readings and screen tests, all conducted with more secrecy than a raid on the Death Star, for director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm and Disney to assemble the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII: John Boyega, 22; Adam Driver, 30; Domhnall Gleeson, 30; Oscar Isaac, 35; Daisy Ridley, 22; Andy Serkis, 50; and Max von Sydow, 85, who were unveiled April 29, will join original stars Mark Hamill, 62, Carrie Fisher, 57, and Harrison Ford, 71. Abrams cast a wide net, with actors asked to read material that was not from the top secret script. They couldn’t tell anyone for which parts they were reading, and their agents and publicists had to sign strict nondisclosure agreements.
For more insight into how the process went for casting several of the actors for Episode VII, be sure to check out the full story over at The Hollywood Reporter