Star Wars VII Is Looking For A “Tough-Cookie Girl” And Other Cast Members

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J.J. Abrams likes his secrets, so it’s no wonder the only definitive thing we know about the next Star Wars film is R2-D2 will be in it. But the casting rumors, oh, they persist. Though most recently, some rough character types were teased rather than actor names. 

The Hollywood Reporter details the casting notes:

Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are casting the net far and wide, meeting actors in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. The duo is looking in particular for a tough-cookie girl in the 17- to 18-year-old range and a charismatic, funny guy from 19 to 23. “We don’t want to leave any stone unturned,” U.K. casting agent Kate Bone told the BBC. With the movie now being rewritten by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, sources say producers also are looking to fill a new role: a 40-something military man a la Matt Damon in Elysium.

“We don’t want to leave any stone unturned,” leads me to think it’s possible the film could be populated with brand-new faces rather than established stars (which I would prefer). We already knew they were holding an open casting call in Chicago but from what I heard, that turned into more of a meet-and-greet.

This is also the first time we’re hearing of a, seemingly, large change to the script thanks to the shift from screenwriter Michael Arndt to Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.

What do you think? Do these casting notes lend themselves to new characters or ones already in the universe?

(via /Film)

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