Want to be in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII? Then you may want to break out your video camera as Disney is reportedly accepting video auditions from anyone interested in the chance of heading to a galaxy far, far away.
Episode VII casting director Maryellen Aviano is in the midst of holding a number of opening casting calls around the country and according to OpenCasting2013, is hoping to possibly fill the following two roles with unknown actors –
RACHEL: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).
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.
THOMAS: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.
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.
You’ll notice that those character descriptions match the ones that floated around last week.
Honestly, I don’t expect that the actor who will eventually plat whatever these roles actually turn out to be will be found from such a wide-open cattle call. But I have to admit that it is a great way for Disney to control the message somewhat for the film, a bit of sleight of hand that allows the press to focus on the open casting calls while Disney and Lucasfilm go about their business with everyone distracted. Think of it as the modern day equivalent of MGM’s “Hunt for Scarlet O’Hara” the preceded the production of 1939’s Gone With The Wind.