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Casting for The Walt Disney Studios feature film ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Casting for The Walt Disney Studios feature film ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
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“Star Wars: Episode VII” will hit theaters in 2015.
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Lucasfilm, an owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, in association with Bad Robot Productions and Genre Films is in active development on the highly anticipated epic feature film “Star Wars: Episode VII”. Although shooting will commence in the summer, studio level casting is now underway with Harrison Ford being the first actor officially on board. Filming will begin with battle scenes being shot in a quarry overlooking the sprawling Bluewater complex not far from London, UK. Filming will also take place in various locations in Los Angeles and New Mexico.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” will be an original story and not directly based on the various novels, graphic novels, or other materials in the Star Wars Expanded Universe that take place during the post-Return of the Jedi time period. Disney aims to continue the story that began back in 1977. The film will call for much older versions of the main characters returning along with other fan favorites. In addition to “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and “Star Wars: Episode IX,” Disney also is developing stand-alone movies that will come out over the next six years involving Young Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg lined up to develop the movies for Disney.

Starring in “Star Wars: Episode VII” is Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford reprising his role as Han Solo from the original Star Wars Trilogy. Two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Carrie Fisher will reprise the role of Princess Leia. Mark Hamill has officially been cast to return as Luke Skywalker. 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.

Two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” from a screenplay being written by Academy Award winner Michael Arndt. Abrams has released all of his previously directed feature film work with Paramount Pictures, namely the highly successful “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises. He also directed the Paramount film “Super 8″. Screenwriter Michael Arndt has wrote the screenplay for “Little Miss Sunshine” for which he received an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Other screenplays for huge films include “Toy Story 3,” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.

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,” and “Revolution”. Features include the 2009 “Star Trek” film, “Morning Glory” starring Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams, “Super 8″ starring Elle Fanning, and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. Projects in the works are “The Invisible Woman,” “Little Darlings,” “Half-Life,” and the sci-fi film “God Particle”. Co-chairman of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, who Disney has said will become president of Lucasfilm, is executive producing “Star Wars: Episode VII”. She will also serve as the brand manager for the new Star Wars films, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in Los Angeles, the State of California, and in the United States as well as in London and the United Kingdom.

The 2013 Los Angeles Actors Resource Guide eBook (as well as the London eBook and New Mexico eBook) comes with free quarterly updates and includes the following 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 Los Angeles and the United States:

• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• California Child Actor Permit Application
• California Minors Summary Chart
• Child Actor Coogan Trust Deposit Instructions
• California Division of Labor Standards Offices
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

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• Sample Actors Resume
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• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Los Angeles Resources
• Actors Unions
• PDF Users Guides

Both the 2013 Los Angeles and London Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

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

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

(Studio level casting)
Randi Hiller
Walt Disney Studios, VP Casting
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91502

(Additional casting)
Jessica Sherman
April Webster & Associates
4585 Electronics Place
Los Angeles, CA 90039

London:

TBA

New Mexico:

TBA

Extras Casting

Los Angeles:

Carla Lewis
Headquarters Casting
3108 W. Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

London:

TBA

New Mexico:

TBA

Extras casting will not begin until closer to the start of filming.
Do NOT contact the extras casting offices until further notice.

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

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

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

Executive Producer:

Kathleen Kennedy

Producers:

George Lucas
Lawrence Kasdan
Simon Kinberg

Director:

J.J. Abrams

Starring:

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

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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