Disney Announces Two New Cast Members For Star Wars: Episode VII


Though there have been a myriad of casting rumors from Simon Pegg to Tom Cruise, there have been no actual announcements from Disney or Lucasfilm as far as adding cast members.

That changed on July 6 when Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VII would be getting two new cast members.

From the official release:

"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 Andersen 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."

These two actors go right along with the Star Wars casting of the past. George Lucas and company have always valued casting relatively unknown actors, and it has seemingly worked out well. These two are as unknown as it gets, and it should be fun to see them get their shot in one of the most anticipated films of all time.

“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.” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in the release, “We are delighted that so many traveled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film.”

Clarke and Andersen were chosen from the casting call at the end of 2013 that was held in 11 cities across the US and the UK. No character details have been released for any of the actors in the film(outside of the obvious), and we will keep you updated as details are released.