Disney talent search for ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ lead roles

Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm in association with Kasdan Pictures and Genre Films will begin shooting “Star Wars: Episode VIII” principal photography in early 2016. Some “second-unit” photography has begun, scenery shooting only without actors. The studio is now officially conducting a talent search for two lead roles, both females of any ethnicity who can play between between 20 and 35 years of age. Filming will take place at the Pinewood Studios in London, England among other undisclosed locations in the United Kingdom. Experienced film crew members can also now submit resumes to the production office email below. To be considered, all actors MUST have legal eligibility to work in the entertainment industry in London. Details below.

Returning to reprise their roles in “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is Golden Globe Award nominee Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron; Daisy Ridley as Rey; Black Reel Awards nominee John Boyega as Finn; Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford as Han Solo; two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Carrie Fisher as Leia; and BAFTA Award winner Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Also joining the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, who will play the role of a villain.

Empire Awards nominee Rian Johnson will take over directorial duties for “Star Wars: Episode VIII”. Johnson also wrote the original screenplay based on characters by George Lucas. Eight-time Academy Award nominee Kathleen Kennedy will oversee production for Lucasfilm, while four-time Academy Award nominee Lawrence Kasdan will produce under the banner of his production company Kasdan Pictures. Simon Kinberg will produce for Genre Films. Ram Bergman will also serve as producer. “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is scheduled to hit theaters on May 26, 2017.

Star Wars: Episode VIII Submission Information for Star Wars: Episode VIII Talent Search

All talent are required to be legally eligible to work in London and in the United Kingdom. The London Actors Resource Guide eBook contains the information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in London and the United Kingdom. All Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Disney is conducting a talent search for  “Star Wars: Episode VIII”, and auditions are being set up for the following roles:

• TWO FEMALES – Any Ethnicity, who can play between 20-35 years of age. Must be physically fit and be comfortable performing in a heavy  green-screen CGI shooting environment. Confident, outgoing, and strong personality. Fearless attitude. These are for LEAD ROLES in the film.

Submit a recent color headshot and resume to the following (include a link to a demo reel on your cover letter if available):

Female Lead
Star Wars: Episode VIII
Nina Gold Casting
117 Chevening Road
London NW6 6DU


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Extras Casting

Casting calls and registration for extras will be posted here as they become available, closer to the start of shooting in March, 2016.

Crew Members & Production Staff

Experienced film crew members and production staff who are available to work in London and/or in Iceland can submit resumes to the following:



Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Spacebear Industries, LTD
1110 Gorgas Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

5858 Lucas Valley Road
Nicasio, CA 94946-9703

Genre Films
10201 West Pico Bnvd.
Building 49
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Kasdan Pictures
PO Box 17578
Beverly Hills, CA 90209

Ram Bergman Productions
5656 Lemona Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Holmaslod 8
101 Reykjavik

The Walt Disney Studios
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-0001


Kathleen Kennedy
Ram Bergman
Lawrence Kasdan
Simon Kinberg


Rian Johnson

Director of Photography:

Steve Yedlin

Line Producer:

Tom Karnowski

Production Manager:

Elena Zokas

Production Designer:

Rick Heinrichs


Daisy Ridley – Rey
Oscar Isaac – Poe Dameron
John Boyega – Finn
Harrison Ford – Han Solo
Carrie Fisher – Leia
Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker
Benicio Del Toro – Villain


A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set after Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

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