New STAR WARS Episode 7 Casting; Plus Kevin Smith Breaks Silence on His Set Visit and Watch Some “Leaked” Footage

     July 6, 2014


A bit of Star Wars 7 casting and hiatus news was announced today, so I figured I’d combine that with a few other SW7 tidbits on a slow Sunday. First, the official news that Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson (both pictured above) have joined the cast of the J.J. Abrams directed Star Wars: Episode VII.  Also, according to the official announcement, there will be a two week hiatus from shooting in August to allow the schedule to work around Harrison Ford‘s leg injury.

Meanwhile, Kevin Smith has found a way to keep talking about the film (without saying all that much) despite the fact that he signed a fat NDA that initially only allowed him to post an instagram video of himself crying. Hit the jump for that and for some “leaked” Star Wars Episode 7 footage.

kevin-smith-star-wars-7-cryingSlashfilm caught wind of a Q&A Smith gave the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland. He talks about seeing Storm Troopers, the Millennium Falcon and the overall tactile nature of the set. You can watch it below (skip to the 35 minute mark for the SW7 stuff). Per Smith:

What I saw, I absolutely loved. It was tactile — it was real.  It wasn’t a series of fucking green screens and blue screens in which later a bunch of digital characters would be added.  IT was there, it was happening. I saw old friends who I haven’t seen since my childhood, who aren’t really friends, but I love them more than some of my fucking relatives. I saw uniforms, I saw artillery I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that was real. I walked across the set, there were explosions. And it looked like a shot right out of a Star Wars movie.

Finally, YouTube user Frank Wunderlich posted a fun home made look at what leaked footage of a Star Wars set might look like if all of the tech in the films actually existed in real life (and if they shot on location at the Frankfurt Airport).

Official press release on casting and hiatus:

At the end of last year Lucasfilm and Disney invited all young aspiring actors to attend an open casting call for roles in J.J Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. The casting calls spanned 11 cities across the US and UK and over 37,000 hopefuls attended, with a further 30,000 submitting applications online.

Having hunted high and low for young and undiscovered talent, the filmmakers are delighted to announce that two actors from the open call call have been cast.

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.

Meanwhile, principal photography continues at Pinewood Studios in London after wrapping on location in Abu Dhabi in May.

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.



  • agent777

    If anyone know about quality film making, that man is Kevin Smith…

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      Red state was a great Revamp of what he COULD do, Tusk I expect to be awesome

      • varagor

        You mean the first half of Red State, right?

      • daphnewbowden

        Josiah . although Jacqueline `s stori is surprising,
        last week I bought themselves a Chrysler from having made $5060 thiss month
        and-in excess of, 10/k last-month . it’s realy the easiest-work I have ever
        done . I started this 4 months ago and pretty much straight away was bringin in
        at least $78 per-hour . why not look here C­a­s­h­d­u­t­i­e­s­.­C­O­M­

    • Kyle Chandler

      haha. Fair, but as a stand in for your average star wars nerd, you could do worse. He just says it looks cool.

  • GrimReaper07

    Kevin Smith is a great speaker.

  • Dave

    So,he will write a script for this movie too?

  • MJ

    What is this guy the Richard Pryor of Geekdom?

    Good info, but OK, we get it that you are an adult and can say all the F-bombs you want. Grow up dude, this is a public speaking gig at a film festival, not the Improv.

    • Arthur Dent

      Yeah, grow the fuck up, man!

      • MJ

        Stick to you tired old Kristen Stewart hate posts. At least they are mildly interesting, if childish.

      • Arthur Dent

        Fuck yesh!

    • Aquartertoseven

      I like his enthusiasm but his reliability? Not too high imo, look at his thoughts on Man of Steel after all.

      • MJ

        Exactly. The guy is completely overated — perhaps the Miley Cyrus of our world here.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Have you seen Chasing Amy? I wouldn’t say he’s overrated at all, he just peaked 15 or so years ago.

      • MJ

        Snorefest about comic books geeks having success with girls that they would never get in the real world.

      • Aquartertoseven

        I’m sorry that your delusions were dashed, but what the film was actually about, sexuality, pre-conceived notions on it, the wit, it was such a good film.

      • MJ

        Well, I am happy that you found a great chic flick. Good for you!

      • Aquartertoseven

        Now do you mean chic, or an actual chick flick?

      • MJ

        You obviously enjoy being obtuse. Congrats on that as well.

      • Aquartertoseven

        It’s an honest question.

    • Norrtron

      He’s made a lot of money and had an incredible amount of success by dropping F-bombs, I doubt he cares about sounding proper.

      • MJ

        How do you make money with Chasing Amy, The Green Hornet and Jersey Girl?

        That is how you LOSE MONEY.

      • Norrtron

        Well Green Hornet made almost twice as much as it’s production budget, so I’m sure it made a little bit of money, and also Kevin Smith had nothing to do with it.

        Anyways, Kevin Smith does more stuff then just make movies. He makes speaking appearances, hosts an extremely popular podcast, puts out DVDs appearances, has a tv show on AMC I believe. He’s not a film genius but the guy stays busy and probably works hard. He’s definitely not afraid to fail or take chances, which is a trait more people should own.

    • Joey Buttafouco

      In New Jersey, we speak a language. It’s called Jersey.


      • MJ

        Joey, bubbie!!!

  • John

    Evan Dickson, I love your name. :)

  • edshrinker

    Looking at what parkour is all about – we just got ourselves either a Jedi or a Sith. The stuff they do looks like the real version of Force user type gymnastics.

    • axalon

      Yeah watching his Spider-Man video you can tell this dude has some serious ability. Can’t wait to see how they use it.

    • Vulcan

      Or some sort of alien bounty hunter or assassin, with awesome parkour skills that give the Jedi trouble. Although Casino Royal did have an awesome parkour chase, so I hope that they don’t necessarily copy that, but instead have something new and fresh.

  • ferebe

    Crystal is beautiful, Pip looks perfect – I hope he will act ‘in bristles’.

  • Grayden

    I think he touches on what a lot of us now-30+ year olds didn’t get with the prequel trilogy. I think he’s dead on in that respect. They were awe-inspiring with their visuals, but even through all the horrible writing and directing, there was something missing at the heart of it all.

    • fluxCAPS

      The prequel’s visuals were cartoonish & had a washed out look to them. They had some of the worst CGI work I have ever seen in – what were supposed to be – live action films, not episodes of The Clone Wars.

      • 80sRobot

        Hell, Episode 3 may as well have been fully animated. The only non-CG seemed to be the actors, and barely even that.

  • appolox

    Sounds like J J is gonna bring balance to the force.

    • appalax

      mesa hopes so!

      • appolox

        Whoa bro. Don’t steal my name.

  • Guest

    All those jokes falling flat, Kev.


    All those dick jokes falling flat, Kev.

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  • bigfrog

    I spent 17 hours at the Frankfurt airport last week and didn’t notice any imperial presence as supposedly documented in the video. I think it’s fake.

    • scififan

      Well, the Death Star being built in Earth’s orbit is DEFINITELY real.

    • scififan

      Well, the Death Star being built in Earth’s orbit is DEFINITELY real.

  • James franco

    It’s obvious these two has been cast as extras due to lack of experience

    • Devin Reed

      They wouldn’t have bothered making an official announcement if they were “just extras”.

      • James Franco

        They will only have a line or two. They won’t be part of the main cast

      • RiddleThemThis

        Just you wait, they’re going to start announcing all of the extras. There will be so many cast members announced for unspecified roles that no one will actually know who the main characters are.

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