Newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson join 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Two young actors have become the latest additions to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, beating thousands of other hopefuls in the process.

Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson will join the cast of the eagerly anticipated JJ Abrams film after impressing the director at an open casting held prior to the shooting of the movie.

A statement on StarWars.com explains how Clarke and Anderson came to land the highly-coveted roles. “At the end of last year, Lucasfilm and Disney invited all young aspiring actors to attend an open casting call for roles in JJ Abrams’s Star Wars Episode VII. The casting calls spanned 11 cities across the US and UK and over 37,000 hopefuls attended, with a further 30,000 submitting applications online.

“Having hunted high and low for young and undiscovered talent, the filmmakers are delighted to announce that two actors from the open call call have been cast.

“Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow [in the] UK, who has both stage and screen acting experience and is soon to be seen in her first feature, The Moon and the Sun (to be released in 2015). British actor Pip Anderson is a skilled practitioner of parkour, a discipline that involves propelling oneself through any given environment with incredible grace and agility. Pip recently demonstrated this remarkable skill in a Spider-Man ad for Sony.

Clarke and Anderson are the latest additions to the cast following Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o earler this year.

The seventh installment of the much loved franchise has begun shooting at London’s Pinewood studios ahead of a December 2015 release. Original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will return for the film alongside new actors Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and Oscar Isaac.