Open auditions held for Star Wars: Episode VII

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Open auditions are being held for 'Star Wars: Episode VII' in the UK and Ireland after a casting notice was posted on Twitter.

Open auditions are being held for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

Casting sessions for two lead roles will reportedly be staged later this week at locations in the UK and Ireland, including London, Bristol, Dublin and Glasgow.

A casting notice posted on Twitter states producers are looking to fill the roles of a "street smart and beautiful" orphaned girl in her late teens and a "handsome, smart and athletic" man in his late teens or early 20s.

The open audition for the "major Hollywood Movie" was first revealed on the Twitter account @UKopencall, announcing a "nationwide search for lead roles for a Disney movie".

The characters' names - currently listed as Rachel and Thomas - are likely to be fake in order to avoid confirmation they are for the 'Star Wars' sequel, according to the BBC.

While it is unusual for a big blockbuster to hold open auditions for lead roles, the 'Star Wars' films are famed for handing little or unknown actors its main parts, including Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.

Director J.J. Abrams will not be attending the auditions, but those auditioning will meet members of the casting team.

Auditions begin in Bristol on Saturday (09.11.13), before heading to Glasgow, London, Manchester and Dublin.

Disney's 'Star Wars: Episode VII' will open in summer 2015, despite Lucasfilm executives allegedly stating recently that a 2016 release should be targeted.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.


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