Meet ‘Star Wars Episode VII”s Newest Stars: Pip Andersen And Crystal Clarke

Plus: the production is going on hiatus. Will it effect the release date?

After an open casting call that spanned 11 US and UK cities and resulted in 67,000 imperial hopefuls auditioning for a role that would take them to a galaxy far, far away, “Star Wars: Episode VII” has added two total newbies to its impressively stacked cast. Meet Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke!

“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,” said Lucasfilm president and producer of the film, Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”

According to StarWars.com, the film is also taking a wee bit of a break in production — but don’t worry, it won’t affect the release date. “In August, the team will take a brief two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made as actor Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury. Harrison is doing well and is looking forward to returning to the set soon. Shooting remains on track to wrap in the fall with the film scheduled for release on December 18, 2015.”

Now let’s get back to the newbies!

Of the two newcomers, Crystal Clarke is the latest American to join the force, though she has been studying acting in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to Episode VII, Clarke has been a regular on the stage scene and will make her feature debut in “The Moon and the Sun,” alongside Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, and Pablo Schreiber (a.k.a. Pornstache from “Orange is the New Black“), in 2015.

British actor Pip Andersen is, in addition to being an actor, is a crazy-good parkour enthusiast. His skills were on display in a pretty cool 2012 Sony ad wherein Andersen’s Spider-Man skills were put on display.

There’s no word yet as to what their roles will be, but their inclusion is exciting regardless.

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