The really super cool new and advanced StarWars.com has updated with some casting and production information!
Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen have been cast in roles! It appears they are “Rachel” and “Thomas” from the casting call last year and the reports Daisy Ridley and John Boyega were such were way wrong. It also makes it appear that the original casting call that made it seem as if we had 4 people, two men, two women, are our cast is exactly what we have got now. There was some speculation the four parts where about finding different people with varying personalities for the roles Boyega and Ridley got, but that was not true at all:
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.
Pip being chosen for his parkour skills means he will probably be doing some amazing stunts in the film, I would imagine. No duh, right?
Abu Dhabi wrapped in May and Principal photography continues at Pinewood. However, there will be a two week break in August while Harrison Ford recuperates from his leg injury and the release date stands firm. John Boyega was right, we have much to learn!
Updated: Pip in action thanks to Johnamarie!
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Okay, that’s pretty crazy stuff. Should look awesome in a Star Wars film.