Disney opens 'Star Wars' casting to video submissions

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Entertainment Weeklyconfirms Disney and LucasFilms have posted an open call for video submissions for two lead roles in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

In looking for "Rachel" and "Thomas" — most likely code names for the Star Warscharacters — the casting website mentions Star Wars specifically, but not Disney nor LucasFilms. And though the casting call release Disney sent out for its in-person auditions does not mention the franchise's name, the description of the two roles are identical in both notices.

The deadline for video submission is Dec. 3, 2013, according to the website.

Disney is holding in-person casting in the U.K. and the USA, and after a huge turnout in Bristol, England, the Glasgow auditions have been postponed to find a larger venue, according to the BBC.

Stateside, casting director Maryellen Aviano will be in Chicago Thursday to hold auditions, the Chicago Tribune reports, and the website says other meet and greets with casting will happen this month in Troy, Mich.; Austin, Texas; and Nashville.

The film is set for release on Dec. 18, 2015.

The full character descriptions from the casting website notice:

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 make 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.


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