‘Star Wars’ cast gets two unknowns, takes break while Harrison Ford heals – CNN

Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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The cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII" unites well-known "Star Wars" names with some up-and-coming actors. At least one cast member, Daisy Ridley, is so new she has just a few acting credits to her name. You can see her in the back right of this cast photo, wearing a necklace and talking to "Star Wars" veteran Carrie Fisher. Here's who she'll star with:The cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII” unites well-known “Star Wars” names with some up-and-coming actors. At least one cast member, Daisy Ridley, is so new she has just a few acting credits to her name. You can see her in the back right of this cast photo, wearing a necklace and talking to “Star Wars” veteran Carrie Fisher. Here’s who she’ll star with:
Actors Pip Andersen, left, and Crystal Clarke were picked from an open casting call to join the movie. Andersen is skilled in the training discipline parkour, and "Episode VII" will be one of Clarke's first feature films.Actors Pip Andersen, left, and Crystal Clarke were picked from an open casting call to join the movie. Andersen is skilled in the training discipline parkour, and “Episode VII” will be one of Clarke’s first feature films.
The rumors about Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o joining the cast turned out to be true. In May, she was announced as the newest actress to join the saga. Nyong'o won the best supporting actress Oscar for her breakthrough role in "12 Years a Slave."The rumors about Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o joining the cast turned out to be true. In May, she was announced as the newest actress to join the saga. Nyong’o won the best supporting actress Oscar for her breakthrough role in “12 Years a Slave.”
Gwendoline Christie, currently known as Brienne of Tarth on HBO's "Game Of Thrones," joins "Episode VII" and will next be seen as Commander Lyme in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1."Gwendoline Christie, currently known as Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game Of Thrones,” joins “Episode VII” and will next be seen as Commander Lyme in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.”
John Boyega is best known for the 2011 sci-fi action comedy "Attack the Block." Boyega has been one of the actors rumored to be a top choice for the lead role.John Boyega is best known for the 2011 sci-fi action comedy “Attack the Block.” Boyega has been one of the actors rumored to be a top choice for the lead role.
Adam Driver is a multifaceted actor who'll presumably get to show more of his range in "Star Wars: Episode VII." While he's best known for playing a quirky love interest on "Girls," Driver has also appeared in feature films "J. Edgar," "Lincoln," "Frances Ha" and "Inside Llewyn Davis."Adam Driver is a multifaceted actor who’ll presumably get to show more of his range in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” While he’s best known for playing a quirky love interest on “Girls,” Driver has also appeared in feature films “J. Edgar,” “Lincoln,” “Frances Ha” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Oscar Isaac had a breakthrough role in 2013 as the cranky singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis in the drama "Inside Llewyn Davis." We can't imagine his work in "Star Wars: Episode VII" will require him to sing, but it would be awesome if it did; Isaac has proved he's got a great set of pipes. Oscar Isaac had a breakthrough role in 2013 as the cranky singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis in the drama “Inside Llewyn Davis.” We can’t imagine his work in “Star Wars: Episode VII” will require him to sing, but it would be awesome if it did; Isaac has proved he’s got a great set of pipes.
Andy Serkis is setting himself up to have a busy few years. The celebrated actor will next appear in this summer's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," which will be followed by "Star Wars: Episode VII" next year. After that, he's expected to appear in another "Tintin" movie, "The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun."Andy Serkis is setting himself up to have a busy few years. The celebrated actor will next appear in this summer’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which will be followed by “Star Wars: Episode VII” next year. After that, he’s expected to appear in another “Tintin” movie, “The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun.”
Does the name Domhnall Gleeson sound familiar? That might be because you remember him as Bill Weasley in the last two movies of the "Harry Potter" franchise. But Gleeson has established himself with a host of other projects, including 2010's "Never Let Me Go" and 2013's "About Time." Suffice to say that if you don't know Gleeson by now, you will after "Star Wars: Episode VII."Does the name Domhnall Gleeson sound familiar? That might be because you remember him as Bill Weasley in the last two movies of the “Harry Potter” franchise. But Gleeson has established himself with a host of other projects, including 2010’s “Never Let Me Go” and 2013’s “About Time.” Suffice to say that if you don’t know Gleeson by now, you will after “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
When we learned that "Episode VII" is supposed to take place 30 years after "Return of the Jedi" and feature a trio of newbies alongside some familiar faces, we were ready to bet the house that Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker would be one of the recognizable stars. It was an easy guess to make, though; Hamill has long been considered an unspoken done deal. When we learned that “Episode VII” is supposed to take place 30 years after “Return of the Jedi” and feature a trio of newbies alongside some familiar faces, we were ready to bet the house that Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker would be one of the recognizable stars. It was an easy guess to make, though; Hamill has long been considered an unspoken done deal.
Carrie Fisher was one of the original "Star Wars" cast members who initially said she was on board the new movie, only for her rep to backtrack and say the actress was kidding. But Abrams' announcement is no joke: the former Princess Leia has returned.Carrie Fisher was one of the original “Star Wars” cast members who initially said she was on board the new movie, only for her rep to backtrack and say the actress was kidding. But Abrams’ announcement is no joke: the former Princess Leia has returned.
After playing coy with the press for months, Harrison Ford has officially been announced as a part of the "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast. The actor is expected to reprise his role of Han Solo.After playing coy with the press for months, Harrison Ford has officially been announced as a part of the “Star Wars: Episode VII” cast. The actor is expected to reprise his role of Han Solo.
We can't be the only ones who are supremely relieved to see that Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO, will be back in action.We can’t be the only ones who are supremely relieved to see that Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO, will be back in action.
Obviously, you can't have Daniels' C-3PO without Kenny Baker's R2-D2. Just the thought of splitting up the droids is heartbreaking!Obviously, you can’t have Daniels’ C-3PO without Kenny Baker’s R2-D2. Just the thought of splitting up the droids is heartbreaking!
Peter Mayhew is probably somewhere warming up his voice for that famous Chewbacca roar. The actor was rumored to be reprising the character in "Star Wars: Episode VII," but it wasn't official until Abrams' announcement.Peter Mayhew is probably somewhere warming up his voice for that famous Chewbacca roar. The actor was rumored to be reprising the character in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” but it wasn’t official until Abrams’ announcement.
Max von Sydow is one of the veteran actors joining the upcoming "Star Wars" movie. It isn't clear what the wide-ranging thespian will do in Abrams' picture, but we can rest assured that he'll bring his respected acting chops to the part.Max von Sydow is one of the veteran actors joining the upcoming “Star Wars” movie. It isn’t clear what the wide-ranging thespian will do in Abrams’ picture, but we can rest assured that he’ll bring his respected acting chops to the part.

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(CNN) — Filming for the next “Star Wars” movie will take a break next month to give Harrison Ford’s broken leg time to heal, producers said Monday.

Two “young aspiring actors” will join the cast as the result of a search “high and low for young and undiscovered talent,” the filmmakers also announced.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is still on a path to land in theaters on December 18, 2015.

“In August, the team will take a brief two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made as actor Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury,” producers said in a note to fans on their official website. “Harrison is doing well and is looking forward to returning to the set soon.”

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Ford, who is reprising the Han Solo role that brought him fame in the first “Star Wars” in 1977, broke his left leg in an on-set accident at London’s Pinewood Studios on June 12, according to his publicist. The 71-year-old actor underwent surgery and began rehab on his leg last month, spokeswoman Ina Treciokas said in a statement to CNN.

The two new faces Ford will see when he returns to the production are American actress Crystal Clarke and British actor Pip Andersen. They were chosen through an open casting call by Lucasfilm and Disney executives starting seven months ago, according to a statement.

Producers considered 37,000 hopefuls who showed up in 11 U.S. and British cities, and another 30,000 who submitted online applications, they said.

“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,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in the announcement. “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.”

Clarke was born in Belleville, New Jersey, but later moved to Nashville, according to her biography on the Internet Movie Database. The bio and producers’ announcement did not list her age, but she will graduate this year from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, her bio said.

Her professional acting resume is short. Clarke’s first feature film role will not hit theaters until next year, when she acts opposite Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt in “The Moon and the Sun.”

Pip Andersen’s budding career is built on his skills as “a practitioner of parkour, a discipline that involves propelling oneself through any given environment with incredible grace and agility,” the release said. He is best known for using his parkour skills in a Spider-Man ad for Sony, the producers said.

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