The producers of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars Episode 7” are looking to fill a new role for “a 40-something military man a la Matt Damon in Elysium” according to a recent report by the Hollywoodreporter.com. Many rumors have been circling big names to fill an unspecified role in the film. “X-Men: First Class” actor Jason Flemyng was apparently auditioning for the movie after he posted on Instagram a script, which he claimed to be a screenplay from the movie. Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) was also reportedly linked to the mysterious role.
Additional casting news revealed via a Twitter Post by UKOpenCall (discovered by JediNews, reportedly confirmed by Bleeding Cool) provides more insight to understand what the production team is looking for in their actors. Two characters names are also revealed and some titbits outlining back-stories.
The casting call sheet reads:
“Seeking young woman to play 17-18 year old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi and multi-racial) Must be over 16.
Rachel – Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way 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 to seriously.”
Open auditions are currently held to look for a tough teenage girl and a charismatic, funny guy from 19 to 23.
The J.J. Abrams-directed movie is expected to hit theaters on December 18, 2015. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2014 at Pinewood Studios outside London.