Star Wars: Episode VII To Go On Hiatus Because Of Harrison Ford Injury; New Actors Announced
created 07/06/2014 - 5:11pm, updated 07/06/2014 - 5:14pm
Disney has announced two new actors for Star Wars: Episode VII with Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen (pictured below), and among the details is mention that production will go on hiatus because of the injury to Harrison Ford:
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.
Harrison Ford broke his leg reportedly as a result of the door of the Millennium Falcon crushing his body. As noted above, the release date remains the same. It's been rumored that both Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams want a May 2016 release date, but Disney CEO Bob Iger is said to be holding fast to the December 2015 release.
Regarding the new actors, at the end of last year Disney invited aspiring actors to attend an open casting call for roles in the new Star Wars. 37,000 hopefuls answered the call in 11 cities from the U.S. and the UK, with another 30,000 submitting applications online.
Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen were chosen for parts.
Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow, 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 Andersen 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.
“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. 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,” said producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
It was also mentioned that principal photography continues at Pinewood Studios in London after wrapping on location in Abu Dhabi in May.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" has a December 18, 2015 release.
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Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.