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Two young actors added to ‘Star Wars’ cast but filming to be delayed

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It doesn’t take “America’s Got Talent” for the team at Lucasfilm to find new and promising actors. StarWars.com announced Sunday that Lucasfilm has added two young, unknown members to the “Star Wars: Episode VII” cast: Crystal Clark and Pip Andersen.

Ever since the very first “Star Wars” film, Lucasfilm has always sought and supported new and unknown talent. Mark Hamill and Carry Fisher were almost unheard of by television and big screen audiences until the first movie (“Episode IV: A New Hope”) released in 1977. New and little known actors were hired for the sequels and prequels that followed. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy herself said in an interview with StarWars.com, “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 we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film.”

Clarke is an American actress whose first feature film, “The Moon and the Sun”, will be of the fantasy genre and will release in 2015, according to StarWars.com. Andersen did a role in a 2012 “Spider-Man”-themed Sony commercial. The British actor seems like a perfect fit for a Jedi or Sith character (although it is not known at the time who his character will be). According to StarWars.com, he practices a skill from a discipline called parkour which “involves propelling oneself through any given environment with incredible skill and agility.” Perhaps he can’t float himself or others in midair like Luke Skywalker does using the Force, but he can control his own movement with smoothness regardless of the environment he’s in.

Even though it is unknown what characters the two actors will play, “The Hollywood Reporter” points at some hints by quoting from a November 2013 “Chicago Tribune” article that covers an audition session for “Episode VII”. According to the “Tribune” article, Lucasfilm was looking for a young female to play the role of a character named Rachel who lost her parents when she was young and had to fend for herself on dangerous streets yet she maintains a hopeful outlook on life. The other character the “Tribune” states Lucasfilm was looking to fill was one of a young man named Thomas who grew up without a male role model and so does not have a strong awareness of who he is.

Meanwhile, StarWars.com explains that Harrison Ford, who will return to his Han Solo role of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has been recovering from a leg injury caused by an on-set accident last month. However, because of the time he has had to take off to recover, filming will be held back due to crew and cast needing to take a “two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made . . . .” The good news is that, even with this delay, the movie is still “scheduled to release on December 18, 2015.”

“Episode VII” will not only introduce audiences to a new chapter in the “Star Wars” saga but also to new actors such as Clarke and Andersen. At the same time, it will bring back several actors of the original trilogy’s cast to fill their original roles, actors such as Mark Hamill (as Luke Skywalker), Carry Fisher (Princess Leia), and, of course, Harrison Ford.

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