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Star Wars Sequel: Episode VII Open Auditions in the UK

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It's official: two lead roles in the next Star Wars film will be cast through open auditions, to be held across the UK.

The auditions are opening this week in locations around the country, including Dublin, Glasgow and London. They were first advertised on the twitter account @Ukopencall, which published an ad on open auditions for a not better specified “major Hollywood movie”.

The ad announces “a nationwide search for lead roles for a Disney movie”, and goes on giving a description of the requirements for each role. Although neither Star Wars or Lucasfilm are ever mentioned in the announcement, there are cues that fit together in ascribing the open audition the casting process for Star Wars: Episode VII.

First thing to point out is that Disney actually bought Lucasfilm, the production company behind the whole Star Wars project, in 2012. Additionally, the descriptions of the two lead roles are the same as those leaked online earlier this year, at the beginning of the whole casting process.

Although it is very rare for major roles in productions of this scale to be selected through open calls, it is a bit of a tradition for Star Wars, which in the original trilogy starred little known actors as protagonists.

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According to the casting notice, the production is looking to fill two main roles: one is a "street smart and strong" orphaned girl in her late teens, the other a "smart capable" man in his late teens or early 20s. Those attending the auditions must be over 16 for the female role and over 18 for the male one.

The casting will begin in Bristol on 9 November, while the shooting of Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to begin in spring 2014, at Pinewood studios, Buckinghamshire.

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