There’s a casting call out this week for two major characters in the upcoming Disney-produced Star Wars film, this “Star Wars VII” set to begin shooting in the Spring of 2014. That leaves a window of time between when a new set of talents must be found and when they’ll be needing to actually set out to act, and it would appear that Lucasfilm’s regular behind-closed-doors sessions are a bit askew this time around. What we’ve got instead is an international effort to get the perfect characters in the roles of code-named characters “Rachel” and “Thomas.”
While the Open Casting Call 2013 website on its own wouldn’t be enough to suggest that this casting call is, indeed, made for Star Wars, there’s more than enough evidence flowing in from the UK. According to the BBC, Barbara Gamlen - Publicist for Lucasfilm - gave them tiny details on a recent casting event in Bristol. There Gamlen suggested that 75 actors were sent callbacks to read once more for the roles of Rachel or Thomas.
The full text of these characters prospective roles in the film(s) read as follows. It’s important to realize that the roles are only written in a way that’ll have these actors prepared to give performances informative to those judging their ability to play characters in the Star Wars films. The actual parts wont be precisely these.
Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).
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.
Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.
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.
A report from the Bristol Post suggests that early in-person casting call events were met with rainy days but massive turnouts no matter the weather. You’ll find future scheduled “in person meet & greet” sessions set for Bloomington, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, Troy, Michigan, Austin, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee.