The announcement comes ahead of a two-week production hiatus to accommodate Harrison Ford's leg injury
The production of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII announced Sunday that it has added two more to its cast ahead of its two-week break to accommodate Harrison Ford’s leg injury: American actress Crystal Clarke and parkour pro Pip Andersen.
The two came to Lucasfilm and Disney through a massive open call that spanned 11 cities across the U.S. and the U.K. and saw more than 37,000 people attend. An additional 30,000 people submitted applications online.
Clarke, studying in Glasgow, is starring in the upcoming feature film The Moon and the Sun. Andersen showed off his parkour skills in a recent Sony ad for Spider-Man.
“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 and producer Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “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.”
The film is currently shooting in London’s Pinewood Studios after finishing up work on location in Abu Dhabi in May. In August, the production will take a two-week break as Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury sustained during filming, though a statement says the film is still on schedule to complete filming in the fall and hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015.