‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ casting calls for lead and supporting roles

The following two links are Disney casting director meet-and-greet sessions in the United States and United Kingdom for Star Wars: Episode VII:

Walt Disney Pictures United States Star Wars: Episode VII Nationwide Search (video auditions instructions are on this post)

Walt Disney Pictures United Kingdom Star Wars: Episode VII Nationwide Search

Lucasfilm, an owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, in association with Bad Robot Productions, Genre Films, and Kasdan Pictures are in pre-production on the highly anticipated epic Science fiction feature film “Star Wars: Episode VII“. Despite the recent change in writers, shooting will still commence on January 21, 2014. Casting calls have been issued and auditions are taking place for starring and co-starring roles. The primary filming locations will be at Pinewood Studios in the UK, with additional shooting in Los Angeles. J.J. Abrams has constructed production facilities at his Bad Robot Santa Monica headquarters specifically for Star Wars: Episode VII. The extras will be cast throughout production in London. Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

Reports have the following starring in “Star Wars: Episode VII”: Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford reprising his role as Han Solo from the original Star Wars Trilogy, and two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Carrie Fisher reprising the role of Princess Leia. Primetime Emmy Award nominee Billy Dee Williams is said to be on the radar to return as the character Lando Calrissian, and has stated that he would be very interested in reprising the role. No official casting announcements have been made by the studio, and no official statements have been made regarding the storyline. It is known however, that “Star Wars: Episode VII” is the first film in a third Star Wars trilogy.

Two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” from a screenplay that he is re-writing with four-time Academy Award nominee Lawrence Kasdan. Academy Award winner Michael Arndt was originally writing the script, however he exited the project in October, 2013. Kasdan has been already serving as creative consultant along with George Lucas. Abrams and cinematographer Dan Mindel are opting to shoot on Kodak 5219 35mm film instead of the now widely used digital cameras, thus giving “Star Wars: Episode VII” an aesthetically similar feel to the original Star Wars trilogy.

J.J. Abrams and Primetime Emmy Award winner Bryan Burk will produce under the banner of their company Bad Robot Productions, which is a major player in film and television productions. TV series include “Lost,” “Fringe,” “Person of Interest,” “Almost Human” and “Revolution”. Features include the 2009 “Star Trek” film, “Morning Glory” starring Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams, “Super 8″ starring Elle Fanning, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” and the currently filming “Infinitely Polar Bear” starring Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is also producing “Star Wars: Episode VII”. Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin are executive producers, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant with Lawrence Kasdan. “Star Wars: Episode 7″ is scheduled for release in 2015.

ALL talent including minors and foreign actors MUST be legally eligible to work in London and in the United Kingdom.

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• London Child Actor Information
• London Child Actor Chaperone Information
• London Bylaws on the Employment of Children
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• General Talent Agent Information
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• Sample Actors Resume
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• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

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Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

April Webster & Associates
4585 Electronics Place
Los Angeles, CA 90039

London:

Nina Gold Casting

Nina Gold is casting through talent agents. A list of talent agents in London can be found in the following guide:

London Talent Agents

New Mexico:

TBA

NOTE:

I highly recommend that your 8×10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

Click Here to purchase 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelopes.

The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. If the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.

Example:

“Project Name”
“Role of _______”
CASTING DIRECTOR NAME
CASTING DIRECTOR ADDRESS
CASTING DIRECTOR CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE

Extras Casting

London:

Extras casting will take place throughout filming. The stand-ins for the film’s stars will be cast closer to the start of filming. Extras casting calls will be posted here as they are announced. Check back.

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.

Star Wars: Episode VII
Production Office
1110 Gorgas Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

Lucasfilm
5858 Lucas Valley Road
Nicasio, CA 94946

Bad Robot Productions
1221 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Kasdan Pictures
PO Box 17578
Beverly Hills, CA 90209

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

Walt Disney Pictures
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Executive Producer:

Tommy Harper
Jason McGatlin

Producers:

Kathleen Kennedy
J.J. Abrams
Bryan Burk

Writers:

J.J. Abrams
Lawrence Kasdan

Director:

J.J. Abrams

Starring:

To Be Announced

Harrison Ford – Han Solo (unofficial)
Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia Organa (unofficial)
Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker (unofficial)

Story:

The three central characters of the original Star Wars are back – a matured Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo.

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