‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ producers to hold open casting for U.K. actors (Report)

By Daniel S Levine,

The latest Star Wars: Episode VII report suggests that the producers are looking to bring in unknown talent for the most anticipated film of 2015. According to a report, Disney and Lucasfilm will be holding open casting for U.K. actors.

The BBC is reporting that the casting sessions will start as soon as later this week in several locations in the U.K., from London and Glasgow to Dublin. The publication cited the Twitter user @UKOpenCall, which posted information about open auditions for a “major Hollywood Movie.”

There was also an online notice for casting in the U.S., with sessions scheduled for Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville and Austin, Texas.

Both notices are looking for actors to fill two roles. One is “Rachel,” a 17-year-old girl who lost her parents at a young age and has found a way to survive. The other is an 18-year-old boy named “Thomas,” who has grown up without a father and is a little timid, but shows courage when necessary.

Of course, this isn’t the first time casting notes have leaked for Episode VII. Back in June, we also heard that director J.J. Abrams was looking for teens, as well as older actors to fill out tougher roles.

Episode VII is at a point where things have to get moving as soon as possible if Disney hopes to get it out in 2015. Writer Michael Arndt just left, leaving Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan to work on the final script. Last week, The Hollywood Reporter’s sources said that Disney is determined to get the film out in 2015, even though producer Kathleen Kennedy was hoping to get it pushed to 2016.

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