‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Extras Casting Calls for Young Adults & ‘Salty Sea Dogs’
There are plenty of generic summer jobs: waiting tables, telemarketing, babysitting, dog walking and dressing up in embarrassing costumes to promote a nearby fast food restaurant, to name just a few examples. Some lucky UK residents, however, will spend this summer getting paid to hang out on the set ofStar Wars: Episode VII with the recently announced cast ofold familiars andnew faces.
Earlier this year, Disney held open casting sessions across the UK and Ireland to find the young leads forStar Wars: Episode VII, apparently preferring to create its own stars rather than hand-pick from a list of already-famous celebrities. The principal cast now includes newcomers John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness) as the franchise’s young heroes, with stage actorMaisie Richardson-Sellers tipped to play another lead female role.
The new trilogy will need more than just a few main players to bring the universe to life, however, andMovie Casting Call reports that Disney is now seeking extras of multiple different types to take part on filming between May and September 2014. The four categories being sought are young adults aged 16-22 (note that this was also thespecified age range for the movie’s leads); general extras of all ages 16 and up; characterful, memorable or unusual-looking men and women; and “salty sea dogs” (navy/fisherman/sailor types).
Filming will take place in London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire over the summer, and you can apply for a role over atCasting Call Collective by selecting the relevant listing. Unfortunately for non-British fans who’d be willing to make a long trip for the sake of being in aStar Wars movie, all applicants must be legally eligible to work in the UK and submit a passport or work visa along with their headshots.
The call for “salty sea dogs” is almost certainly using the sea as a euphemism for space, which would indicate scenes that takes place in a spaceport like Mos Eisley. In fact, based on therecent confirmation thatStar Wars: Episode VII will take place partially on Tatooine, this casting call may well be specifically designed to find the new denizens of Mos Eisley.
Star Wars fans recently celebrated the pun-tastic geek holiday that isStar Wars Day (warning: today is Revenge of the Fifth – keep an eye out for evildoing), so director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan celebrated along with them by recording a “video selfie” that promised casting announcements will continue as production ramps up. We’ll keep you updated on further news as the cast list continues to grow.
Star Wars: Episode VII is out in theaters on December 18, 2015.
Source:Movie Casting Call (viaCollider)