‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Accepting Online Casting Auditions

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It’s been a crazy year in the world of Star Wars news, fully of confusing rumors and wild speculation about the next live-action movie installment, Episode VII. However, director J.J. Abrams is now officially pressing ahead in order to make a December 2015 release date, which means that there will be formal Episode VII casting announcements coming over the next 4-5 months (before principal photography on the film starts in the UK in Spring 2014).

Just before Disney announced the December launch date for Episode VII, an open casting call for a Disney tentpole – presumed to be Abrams’ Star Wars movie – was leaked online. In addition to vague character descriptions, the casting notice includes the various times and places in Bristol where people would be able to audition for potential leading roles in the film. As you might expect, thousands of young men and women turned out this past weekend; which,in turn, gave rise to a difficult and altogether inefficient (read: messy) casting process.

Of course, there will be additional Episode VII open casting auditions in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and London over the forthcoming weeks. However, in an effort to make the processes less chaotic on those occasions, Lucasfilm has announced that prospective cast members can also send in their personal video applications through the Cast It Talent’s website. (For those who are interested, click on that link and it will take you to a page that includes further instructions.)

As a refresher, here are the two potential Episode VII roles, per the official descriptions:

RACHEL – Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to maker her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by. Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.

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. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.

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Chances are, both the names and certain elements of these character descriptions have been changed, with respect to the roles that will be featured in Episode VII (Abrams used similar misleading tactics before while casting Super 8). However, assuming that these auditions are for the young male and female lead roles described in a previously-leaked Episode VII cast list, the important thing is that whoever lands each role must be have both the screen presence (read: exude intelligence and/or independence) and desired physical appearance (read: be attractive) that Disney/Lucasfilm want, in order to carry the Star Wars torch forward hereon out.

That much is true of celebrities who’ve confirmed that they auditioned for a role in Episode VII – a short list thus far, which includes Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station). In addition, the various other stars who’ve been rumored for a role fit the aforementioned bill, be it Sherlock/Star Trek Into Darkness fan-favorite lead Benedict Cumberbatch or Serenity antagonist Chiwetel Ejiofor (a pair who share the screen in 12 Years a Slave, now playing in theaters).

Again, those who’re interested in making a video audition for Episode VII should go to the Cast It Talent’s website; there, they will receive further instructions, with regard to how they can throw their hat in the ring for a role in Abrams’ Star Wars movie.


Star Wars: Episode VII opens in U.S. theaters on December 18th, 2015.

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  1. Rachel & Thomas looks destined to be pulled by the dark side

  2. This news kinda worries me. Are they desperate now?

    • Nope. They’re going with unknowns (which is the way to go IMO). The turnout for auditions was probably crazier than they expected it to be. Going to the web is smart because it’d be easier to archive readings and what not and would probably be a lot less tedious and chaotic. That and the people that are truly interested or people that have talent could go in for the real deal while less confident/talented/interested folks can audition from the comfort of their homes.

    • I don’t think they’re desperate, I think they’re just tyring to see as many people as possible. Seriously, with thousands of people auditioning, they have to find someone who’s good.

      That being said, I still expect them to cast in the main roles people who’ve we seen in movies before (though not necessarily big names) At best, a few of the “unkowns” auditioning this way will be cast in supporting/minor roles.

      I also get the feeling to a certain extent that they aren’t really sure what type of actors they’re looking for (besides the fact that they want them “young”), with the script apparently still not finished, so again, they just want to see as wide a range of actors as possible.

  3. They should compile all the audition videos and put them on YouTube. That would be interesting to see. Then later on people can compare them to the final actor decisions and consider them good choices or not.

    • I understand what you’re saying but from Disney’s standpoint that would be a terrible idea. You put it in cyberspace then pick some guy/gal that isn’t the internet fan fave then you’re stuck with all the backlash. Plus this “Rachel and Thomas” thing is just smoke and mirrors to what the real characters will be.

  4. This is going to be a Disney cheesey campfest movie. My enthusiasm is waning!

  5. Rachel & Thomas? I know, we had a Luke, but they are overdoing it a bit with the Earth names. Be more creative!

    • Ya they should have Thomas be named, Marvin the Martian and Gamora the Assassin. LOL

      • Ya they should have Thomas be named Marvin(the Martian) and Rachel be named Gamora(the Assassin). LOL*

  6. Nice marketing ploy.

  7. Oooh going through thousands of internet auditions could be painful or perhaps one of the funniest jobs in the world?

    • America’s Funniest Star Wars Auditions. ABC….you have your new show to follow Agents of SHIELD!

  8. I hope they have some of these auditions on the DVD when it comes out. I’m sure there will be some good laughs… Nerds trying to be Jedi’s never gets old!

  9. i would hate to have the job of filtering out the audition tapes…shoot me

  10. THe Jedi of Orange County…..

  11. Abrams needs to get over himself, using similar misleading casting tactics for Super 8; building up such hype and mystique for what ultimately was a shiit film. Wtf is he doing with Star Wars? Every name in Hollywood auditioned, then Bristol casting call and now this?

  12. Cameron Mangum


  13. Nick Creson

    Ill have to do it!

  14. David Spencer

    any stunts openings?

  15. Inaja Dumbra Lemos

    Nothing to lose, so I’ll send one.


  17. Everyone is this pic looks like a supermodel. Is that what the new Star Wars is looking for?

    • Alan James

      well i doubt if leia and han would have ugly kids,lol, i imagine they’d grow up to be good looking, so this would not surprise me, still i’m hoping they cast ‘average’ looking people to be honest

    • This is Hollywood. This is Hollywood. Hollywood Hollywood Hollywood Hollywood!

    • This is Hollywood. This is Hollywood. Hollywood Hollywood Hollywood Hollywood!

  18. That’s what every movie is looking for.

  19. Kevin Collins get on this

  20. Adrian Santiago

    ahhh man it says I must be handsome, smart and athletic….so far the only requirement I meet is being 21 years of age :(

  21. Paris Remy Martin

    Justin Kintzel

  22. Frank Ireland

    Have they seen the star wars kid?

    • Phil Dragash

      “Yes, yes, yes a thousand times YES!” – Riccardo Montalban

  23. Procrastinator

    They could use these and create the newest reality TV program. Tosh could host!

  24. Thomas Medina

    Rebecca De Ornelas

  25. Cory Morr

    Why does Jaina look like Natalie Portman? The face is iconic, then again, it makes sense since Padme’ in the Prequel Trilogy was Jaina’s grandmother.

  26. Disney is gonna want the sex appeal to bring in the hormone enraged teenagers . Talent will be a big plus ..

  27. Alan James

    i wish they’d use the cast from ‘super 8′ i’m sure they’re all grown up now, they could cast the kid that looks like tom petty as lukes kid, that’s a no brainer

  28. Daniel Delgado

    Andrea Vargas DO IT

  29. Justyn Cousino

    awesome I wouldnt be able to do it