*Crystal Clarke has been cast in director J.J. Abrams’ anticipated “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
The actress and actor Pip Andersen were revealed on the official site of the franchise as the latest cast members of the sci-fi film. Both actors were chosen from open casting calls held in multiple cities in the U.S. and U.K.
It is unclear what characters Clarke and Andersen will portray. However, a Chicago Tribune article last November reported that the open casting call description included two characters, named Rachel and Thomas. Rachel was described as “street smart, independent, athletic, natural beauty” while Thomas has “grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself.”
“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 Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in the Sunday casting statement.
Clarke’s feature film credits include the upcoming “The Moon and the Sun,” a fantasy film directed by Sean McNamara that lists Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt as stars.
Andersen, meanwhile, does not have any feature film credits listed although he appeared in MTV’s “Ultimate Parkour Challenge” and in a commercial for Spider-Man.
The two will join the already announced cast of Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Former stars of the franchise Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will be reprising their 1977 roles from the original, hit film.
The shooting of the film, taking place at U.K.’s Pinewood Studios, is set to take a two-week hiatus in August, due to the injury sustained by Ford on set. A source told The Hollywood Reporter on June 12 that the actor was hospitalized after injuring his ankle on the door of the Millennium Falcon.