‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ announces two cast members, two-week hiatus

July 06, 2014 | 5:23 p.m.

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Actor Harrison Ford, who was cast as Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Two women have joined the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII": Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Gwendoline Christie.

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"Inside Llewyn Davis" actor Oscar Isaac has been tapped to join the "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast. Click through to see who else scored a role in the film. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Actress Daisy Ridley, relatively new to the acting scene, has also landed a role in the upcoming film "Inbetweeners II." (Matthew Brooks)

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Actor Adam Driver, best known for his work in the HBO comedy "Girls." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor John Boyega, best known for playing Moses in the sci-fi flick "Attack the Block." (Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)

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Actor Max von Sydow, who received Academy Award nominations for his work in "Pelle the Conqueror" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (John Phillips / Invision / Associated Press)

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Actor Andy Serkis, best known for motion capture acting for roles such as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

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Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original trilogy. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Mark Hamill, best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy. (Stephanie Cornfield / For the Times)

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Actor Anthony Daniels, best known as C-3PO in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Kenny Baker, best known for portraying "Star Wars" robot R2-D2, left, and actor Peter Mayhew, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the original trilogy. (Keith Hamshere / Lucasfilm Ltd)

“Star Wars: Episode VII” has added two newcomers to its cast, and will take a two-week hiatus in August because of Harrison Ford’s recovery from a leg injury, the production announced Sunday.

Lucasfilm and Disney discovered American actress Crystal Clarke and British actor Pip Andersen via a casting call last year that drew a total of more than 60,000 applicants from in-person auditions and online submissions.

In addition to J.J. Abrams’ new “Star Wars” film, Clarke will be seen in next year’s fantasy “The Moon and the Sun,” starring Pierce Brosnan as an immortality-seeking King Louis XIV.

Possibly part of Andersen’s appeal: No stunt double necessary. He’s a parkour specialist.

“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,” producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement announcing the news at StarWars.com.

Ford, returning to his iconic role of Han Solo, was injured early last month in an accident involving the Millennium Falcon’s door. In adjusting its schedule to accommodate the actor’s recovery, the production is taking a two-week hiatus next month. Shooting, meanwhile, has continued in London after location work in Abu Dhabi finished in May.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” takes place 30 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker joining Ford as part of the ensemble cast.

Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and newcomer Daisy Ridley, in addition to Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow, will also star in “Episode VII,” as will Lupita Nyong’o, who earned an Oscar for supporting actress earlier this year for her heart-wrenching turn in “12 Years a Slave,” and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the towering fighter Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Abrams’ “Episode VII” kicks off a planned trilogy in the George Lucas-created saga set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It was recently announced that Abrams will be succeeded by Rian Johnson (“Looper”), who will write and direct “Episode VIII.” There are also spinoff films in the works.

Lucasfilm says “Episode VII” shooting is on pace to wrap in the fall, with the hotly anticipated film’s release still scheduled for Dec. 18, 2015.

Blake Hennon | Google+ | @LATHeroComplex

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2 Responses to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ announces two cast members, two-week hiatus

  1. Digialpha says:

    I can't wait for the new movie!!!!! Star Wars lives on!

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