Star Wars: Episode VII has added two more cast members, courtesy of director J.J. Abrams. They are Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke, both products of open casting calls held in several cities throughout the U.S. and U.K. Also, production on the movie at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. will shut down for two weeks this August, in part because of the accident that caused Harrison Ford’s broken leg when the pneumatic door of the Millennium Falcon fell on his leg.
The official Star Wars site revealed that Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke had been selected from the 37,000 hopefuls from 11 different cities who had turned out for the open casting calls. While information about exactly what characters they will play has not yet been announced, it is known that their first names will be Thomas and Rachel. Rachel is a character who is described as being “street smart” and a “natural beauty” while Thomas has grown up fatherless, with no role model of what it is to be a man, so “he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself.”
The two budding stars have had limited film experience so far. Pip Andersen has not been in any movies previously, though he has been in MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge and in a Spider-Man commercial for Sony. Crystal Clarke will be in the upcoming fantasy movie directed by Sean McNamara The Moon and the Sun. The main stars of the movie will be William Hurt and Pierce Brosnan.
On Sunday, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked about how “discovering and nurturing young talent” has been a part of the tradition of Star Wars, adding that she and everyone involved with Star Wars: Episode VII are glad “that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film.”
Harrison Ford, 71, using a special supportive crutch, was recently photographed on his feet after he broke his leg less than three weeks ago. Shooting continued on Star wars: Episode VII while Ford was hospitalized and also in rehab. The two weeks that production on the movie will be halted in August will allow J.J. Abrams time to adjust the shooting schedule.
Despite the broken leg that Harrison Ford sustained and the two week shooting hiatus in August, Disney executives still believe that Star Wars: Episode VII will be able to finish shooting this fall and ready to be shown in movie theaters for its December 18, 2015 release date.
The two most recent additions to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, British actor Pip Andersen and American actress Crystal Clarke, will be joining the other cast members like Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, and Lupita Nyong’o, as well as actors from the original Star Wars trilogy such as Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
Star Wars: Episode VII appears to be finalizing the cast with the two latest additions, Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke, who will play characters with the first names of Thomas and Rachel. They were the two lucky actors chosen from open casting calls who will get the chance to show the world their acting chops in the upcoming addition to the Star Wars franchise. Their joining the cast and Harrison Ford’s recovery from a broken leg are two of the most recent bits of news about one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, Star Wars: Episode VII.
Written By Douglas Cobb