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New Star Wars movies set to hold open auditions for major roles

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Story by Jack Foley

A NATIONWIDE search is being held for two actors to take leading roles in the next Star Wars film, according to the BBC.

According to the report on the BBC News entertainment site, open auditions for Star Wars: Episode VII are due to commence later this week at locations around the UK and Ireland, including London, Dublin and Glasgow.

News of the auditions were first published on the Twitter account @UKopencall, which announced a “nationwide search for lead roles for a Disney movie”. It went on to describe the project as a “major Hollywood Movie”.

The roles in question would be for a “street smart and strong” orphaned girl in her late teens and a “smart capable” man in his late teens or early 20s.

Lucasfilm has so far declined to comment to the BBC.

But the Beeb is speculating that the characters have been given non sci-fi names and descriptions in the announcement in an effort to disguise the fact that the auditions are for Star Wars: Episode VII.

It also reports that director JJ Abrams, who is also co-scripting the movie, will not be attending the open auditions when they begin in Bristol on November 9.

Instead those vying for a part will briefly meet members of the casting team of the film. They must be over the age of 16 for the female role, and over 18 for the male role.

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