Casting for Episode VII continues, as it was just announced over at StarWars.com that actors Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson have joined the cast. Both actors were chosen from the open casting call that was held last year, and were chosen out of the 37,000 people who attending the casting calls in the U.S. and U.K. and the 30,000 that submitted online applications. Here is the announcement from StarWars.com, as well as an update to the production schedule for the movie due to Harrison Ford’s injury:
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.
It’s always to great to find out more official news and casting for Episode VII, but in the case of the production schedule and Harrison Ford’s injury, it’s really nice to get the official word on how it’s going to affect the production. It’s definitely good to know that there will only be a two-week hiatus on production, and that everything is still on schedule for the planned December 18, 2015 release date.