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Star Wars: Episode VII Adds Two Cast Members

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Zach Johnson, eonline
Mon Jul 7, 3:23 PM UTC

May the force be with you, Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke.

It was announced Sunday that the parkour pro and the American actress have been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. The newbies came to Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures through an extensive open call that spanned 11 cities across the U.S. and the U.K. and saw more than 37,000 people attend. According to Star Wars ' official website, an additional 30,000 people submitted applications online.

Anderson recently showed off his parkour skills in a recent Sony advertisement for Spider-Man. Clarke, who is currently studying in Glasgow, will make her feature film debut in 2015's The Moon and the Sun.

"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."

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The movie is currently shooting in London's Pinewood Studios. In August, the production will take a two-week break as Harrison Ford recovers from a recent leg injury sustained during filming. "Harrison is doing well and is looking forward to returning to the set soon," Star Wars ' official site said of the actor.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode VII features returning stars Carrie Fisher, Ford and Mark Hamill. New cast members include John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow. It premieres Dec. 18, 2015.

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