7/07/2014

Star Wars EpisodeVII cast members Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson (Source)
Yesterday, they announced two new cast members for Star Wars EpisodeVII: Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson. They join the already announced cast members John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow, along with original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. They were chosen from 37,000 who attended open casting calls across the UK and US and the 30,000 others who applied online for the parts. Clarke brings the number of known minority actors to four. Still no word on Billy Dee Williams returning as Lando Calrissian.

The official press release on StarWars.com says, "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," Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president and producer, said. "We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film."

We don't know who they'll be playing, but here are some things we do know about the latest actors to join the Star Wars universe.

1. Crystal Clarke, 20, was born in 1994. She was born in Belleville, New Jersey and raised in New Jersey but also lived in Nashville, Tennessee.

2. Pip Anderson, 23, was born March 4th, 1991 and lives in Taunton, England. He's a professional Parkour - an urban gymnastics or "freerunning" discipline - runner.


3. Crystal Clarke, was from Newark Arts High School and won a $20,000 scholarship.

4. Anderson married his childhood sweetheart at 18. He and Becky Butcher met at Sunday school at age nine.

5. Clarke had her first acting experience attending an improv camp at a zoo in New Jersey.

6. Anderson suffers from dyslexia and said school was a "pretty frustrating place."

7. Clarke attended a three-year acting program at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and studied Shakespeare among other authors. She's scheduled to graduate this year.


8. Pip, at 17, was chosen to represent the UK in the first ever World Freerunning Championships in September 2008. He came in fourth despite an injury.

9. Clarke has appeared in two critically acclaimed short films and will appear in her first feature film The Moon and the Sun (2015) starring Kaya Scodelario, Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt.

10. Anderson has done short films and commercials for major companies like Red Bull, Microsoft and a Spider-Man ad for Sony.

The press release also said the film is taking a "brief two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made as actor Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury." Star Wars Episode VII is "on track to wrap in the fall with the film scheduled for release on December 18, 2015."

What do you think of the newest cast members
? Who do you think they'll be playing? Are you excited for Episode VII yet?

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9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So young...
Impressive he got through school with dyslexia.

Pat Dilloway said...

"Excited" is not the word I'd use. More like "dreading." I can't imagine these are very major roles if they're just casting them now while filming.

Tony Laplume said...

Hopefully Andersen takes that frustration as useful material in his theoretical portrayal as an evil British-accented figure. Unless he's somehow related to Obi-Wan Kenobi. But still evil???

Clarissa Draper said...

They are beautiful people, I can't wait to see who they play. Pip married very young. I can't believe the cast they have and definitely can't wait to see how it turns out.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Impressive...most impressive.

DAVID WALSTON said...

I'm excited, but have no clue about the actors.
That might be a good thing, then again...

Maurice Mitchell said...

Classic!

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Sci-Fi Gene said...

Whoa, hold back on those explosions guys, they might distract from the obscure Shakespearian references in this shot

Sci-Fi Gene said...

Michael Bay's The Cherry Orchard, production day 3...

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