Disney Accepting Video Auditions Nationwide for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Disney and director J.J. Abrams are widening their search for actors to play characters in Star Wars: Episode VII. As Saoirse Ronan said about a month ago, they’re auditioning everyone in Hollywood, and now they’re auditioning anyone nationwide who wants to send in a video submission. Casting calls will still happen in the U.K. and a few U.S. cities, and there’s a possibility of a meet-and-greet with casting director Maryellen Aviano (Inception). I can only imagine the nightmare of who has to watch all of these even though they obviously won’t watch from start to finish, and they may not even start based on a headshot.

Hit the jump for more including descriptions of the roles, and how to submit an audition tape. Star Wars: Episode VII opens in 3D on December 18, 2015.

star-wars-fansDisney is looking for actors to play “Rachel” and “Thomas”, which are almost certainly code names. We also don’t know if these are lead roles. Here are the descriptions:

RACHEL: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).

Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to maker her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.

Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.

THOMAS: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.

Has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.

As CS reminds us, for Super 8, the casting call provided descriptions that turned out to be different from the final character. The way this works is that the descriptions are meant to bring out certain emotions. As for the actors, I’m ambivalent about casting unknowns. You might get Hailee Steinfeld or you might get Hayden Christensen.

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  • The Flobbit

    Must be beautiful? Must be handsome?

    That seems incredibly shallow. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are not blindingly attractive by the normal standard, but looks do not make the actor or the personality.

    • enderandrew

      People prefer to look at attractive people on the screen. It is really hard to get cast in Hollywood if you’re not attractive. There are certain exceptions for talented actors who aren’t exceptionally attractive, but those are usually older male actors who circumvent that requirement (Paul Giamatti for example).

      • The Flobbit

        Yes, but when you get a cast of perfectly coiffed, made-up, beautiful actors you end up with the Twilight series. And many young actresses today are not conventionally stunningly beautiful – Shailene Woodley, Hailee Steinfeld for two examples.

      • enderandrew

        This is ridiculous. Pretty much every Hollywood movie in history has sought out attractive actors. That doesn’t make every movie Twilight.

        Twilight is terrible because of a terrible story, which has nothing to do with how attractive the cast is.

        My wife was chomping at the bit to see Avengers and Thor 2 largely because of how much she is attracted to Tom Hiddleston. Having an attractive cast means the movie makes more money.

      • The Flobbit

        YOU, sir, are ridiculous. Your statement “Pretty much every Hollywood movie in history has sought out attractive actors” could only come from a fool or a person who was a fool when he typed it.

        Did Nosferatu and The Hills Have Eyes seek attractive actors? Did The Godfather seek attractive actors? Did Citizen Kane seek attractive actors? Before you make sweeping statements think, good sir.

        I mentioned Twilight because every single actor had perfect hair and skin, salon quality looks, and therefore detrimented the film even further. Twilight is only the first of many, many examples of this – plenty of which are ruined by the film’s cast alone.

        Your wife seems to me a fangirl. Fangirls (fanboys too, but they are not nearly so pervasive) are the curse of modern Hollywood. They turn legit actors like Hiddleston and Cumberbatch into caricatures of themselves with their obnoxious attempts at promoting these actors and lobbying their sexiness with fanfiction and awful nicknames.

        Having an attractive cast does NOT mean the movie makes more money. With blockbusters yes, and SW7 is a blockbuster, but again this is another sweeping statement you should be ashamed of.

      • enderandrew

        One exception does not disprove a rule.

        The main cast of Godfather actors all got into Hollywood as attractive young actors (Brando, Pacino, Caan, Keaton, etc).

        Given that you’re resorting to ad hominem attacks to cover up your ignorance and lack of any logical argument, I’m officially done with you.

      • The Flobbit

        One exception? You clearly are a figure of blinding, piggish idiocy. The fact that you think that directors seek out attractive people for their films is a statement of stunning ignorance.

        You seem to think that people won’t go see a film if it doesn’t have attractive people in it. Just recently, Beasts of the Southern Wild, 12 Years a Slave, The Spectacular Now, and dozens of critically-acclaimed and successful films star actors who are not conventionally attractive.

        Thank god you finally gave in. My brain cells were committing suicide when I stooped to your level. I used to think you were above the average commenter. Well, welcome to the troll list along with the other Collider fools.

        You never once even commented on my original point, which was that a person’s looks have nothing to do with their acting talent. Now let’s see if you really are done with me or if you were saying that to try to impress yourself…

      • MEY

        Let’s hope that those brain cells mentioned will never restart!

      • MEY

        Let’s hope that those brain cells mentioned will never restart!

      • Lex Walker

        1. Hollywood didn’t make Beasts of the Southern Wild, if it had, you can bet Willow Smith would have been cast.
        2. 12 Years a Slave – Yup, no attractive people there. Because no women are hot for Michael Fassbender.
        3. The Spectacular Now: Most people would say Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are indeed conventionally attractive.

      • The Flobbit

        Whatever, Lex. They were just examples. There are hundreds of films that don’t have attractive actors. How about, say, Freaks, The Shining, Office Space, Alien (don’t nitpick with me here – the actors were not hired for their looks, but to give an international and dramatic cast to the film), Citizen Kane, and I’m sure there are more.

        I don’t think directors like Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick, Warner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, David Fincher, David Lean, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Ingmar Bergman, and Orson Welles looked for attractive actors only for their movies.

        Hollywood is shallow, but not THAT superficial.

      • Lex Walker

        Yes, they were examples. Bad ones. Jack Nicholson was considered attractive at the time of the filming and when he earned his status as a leading man. Even though Freaks is specifically a film about horribly disfigured people, but even it featured the attractive actresses Leila Hyams and Olga Baclanova. Most people would consider Rob Livingston and Jennifer Aniston of Office Space attractive. The funny thing is, you’re not even right about WHY the actors of Alien were chosen: it was to make the cast as unisex as possible, with each role being available for an actor of either gender, and since really NO other films are ever cast in that fashion. It’s genuinely the exception to the rule, not one that proves your point.

      • The Flobbit

        The fact that you miss the point so wildly and stunningly makes me sad. Jack Nicholson was not HIRED because he was considered attractive – he was hired because he was a damn good actor. Yes those films had attractive actors in them but you are missing the friggin point – not all films cast actors because of their looks, but rather for their acting talent.

      • Pk

        Miles teller and Jennifer Jason Leigh are not attractive by any stretch of imagination

      • axalon

        I don’t understand how anybody can argue with you on this. It’s human nature to find attractive people appealing, we’re wired for it. People’s pupils are actually more dilated looking at someone attractive as opposed to someone not as attractive.

      • MEY

        Yes!

      • MEY

        Yes!

      • Daniel Mitchell

        The films going to make money regardless of how attractive the actors in it our. What the films needs above all is a gritty compelling storyline.

      • Daniel Mitchell

        The films going to make money regardless of how attractive the actors in it our. What the films needs above all is a gritty compelling storyline.

      • enderandrew

        Attractive actors don’t preclude a compelling storyline.

        Storylines don’t have to be gritty to be compelling. Pixar’s Up had a compelling and powerful story, but it wasn’t gritty.

        Hollywood has been chasing “dark and gritty” since the Batman Begins reboot was so successful. Abrams cited “dark and gritty” in both of his Star Trek movies.

        Of the six Star Wars movies, only 2 are really dark and gritty (Revenge of the Sith and Empire Strikes Back). If it works for the story, great. But I don’t know that it is an absolute requirement.

      • enderandrew

        Attractive actors don’t preclude a compelling storyline.

        Storylines don’t have to be gritty to be compelling. Pixar’s Up had a compelling and powerful story, but it wasn’t gritty.

        Hollywood has been chasing “dark and gritty” since the Batman Begins reboot was so successful. Abrams cited “dark and gritty” in both of his Star Trek movies.

        Of the six Star Wars movies, only 2 are really dark and gritty (Revenge of the Sith and Empire Strikes Back). If it works for the story, great. But I don’t know that it is an absolute requirement.

      • The Flobbit

        Abrams has said time and time again that SW7 will be “grittier”, “realistic”, and even “darker” than it’s predecessors. So we know now that SW7 will be gritty. It now needs to be compelling

      • MEY

        Sir Andrew, I totally agree with you.
        You are the light in the darkness created by flobbits…

      • MEY

        You are right!

      • The Flobbit

        I’m not saying that we have to have a bunch of ugly dudes onscreen, I’m just saying that we don’t need supermodel-quality actors and actresses onscreen. It’s not realistic, it’s not what we need.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Quote: “There are certain exceptions for talented actors who aren’t exceptionally attractive,”

        There is lot of exceptions then:

        -Edward Norton.

        -Kevin Spacey.

        -Christopher Walken

        -Ron Pelman

        -Steve Buscemi

        -John Turturro

        -Willem Dafoe

        -Danny Trejo

        -Tim Allen

        -Gary Busey

        -Richard Griffiths

        - William H. Macy

        -Gary Oldman

        -etc.

      • The Flobbit

        And also:

        - James Gandolfini

        - Boris Karloff

        - Max von Sydow

        - Doug Jones

        - Hugo Weaving

        - Edward G. Robinson

        - Bryan Cranston

        - Benicio Del Toro

        - Jason Segel

        - Danny McBride

        - Jonah Hill

        - Alfred Molina

        - Billy Connolly

        - David Thewlis

        - Maggie Smith

        - John Leguizamo

        - Josh Brolin

        and many more.

      • Sugarpuss

        I can’t help but notice that there’s only one women on that list (and no women on tarek’s list). The Flobbit makes a good point, but there is a massive double standard at play. Average/ugly men whine about such things, but then present this huge list, which proves that it’s less than-gorgeous-females who are discriminated against in Hollywood. Ugly men are very hypocritical and blind to their own privilege.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        No women on my list because I consider that all women are beautiful per se.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        No women on my list because I consider that all women are beautiful per se.

      • The Flobbit

        And also:

        - James Gandolfini

        - Boris Karloff

        - Max von Sydow

        - Doug Jones

        - Hugo Weaving

        - Edward G. Robinson

        - Bryan Cranston

        - Benicio Del Toro

        - Jason Segel

        - Danny McBride

        - Jonah Hill

        - Alfred Molina

        - Billy Connolly

        - David Thewlis

        - Maggie Smith

        - John Leguizamo

        - Josh Brolin

        and many more.

      • axalon

        First off, Edward Norton is attractive. So is Bryan Cranston, especially when he was younger. Second, when was the last time any of those actors headlined a movie that wasn’t a comedy? As in they were the lead and held a majority of the screen time. You can’t use TV shows as example as they run under a different set of rules, same goes for comedy since people don’t care what you look like as long as you make them laugh.

        Danny Trejo has Machete but that movie is essentially grindhouse homage/parody.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I don’t find it attractive. But I’m a boy, so maybe It dosn’t count.

        What about Spacey ? Comedy is not his best catalogue.

        And Ron Pelman ?
        When did you see Willem Dafoe playing a comedy ?
        etc.

      • axalon

        Spacey in American Beauty was actually relatively handsome. Especially once he got fit. Plus that movie, if it were made today, would most likely go the indie route.

        Ron Perlman and Willem Dafoe, again, I ask when was the last time they headlined a movie? Where they were the lead. Last one I can think of for Dafoe was Antichrist but then again that wasn’t a traditional Hollywood movie.

        I’m not knocking any of these guys’ talent or ability as they’re all good. But people really need to get over the whole “Hollywood is shallow!” line of thinking. How many 5’7″ basketball players are currently in the NBA?

        I’m sure there are a lot of short guys that have huge ambitions/talent and would love to be in the NBA but sometimes there are physical realities and limitations you have to accept.

      • axalon

        Spacey in American Beauty was actually relatively handsome. Especially once he got fit. Plus that movie, if it were made today, would most likely go the indie route.

        Ron Perlman and Willem Dafoe, again, I ask when was the last time they headlined a movie? Where they were the lead. Last one I can think of for Dafoe was Antichrist but then again that wasn’t a traditional Hollywood movie.

        I’m not knocking any of these guys’ talent or ability as they’re all good. But people really need to get over the whole “Hollywood is shallow!” line of thinking. How many 5’7″ basketball players are currently in the NBA?

        I’m sure there are a lot of short guys that have huge ambitions/talent and would love to be in the NBA but sometimes there are physical realities and limitations you have to accept.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I’ll take talent over handsominess or attractiveness any day.

        We can just give three examples: Gerard Butler. ( when was his last great movie ? Long time ago, far far away…

        Taylor Kitsch ? come on!

        Channing tatum ? horrible.

        List can go on.

        Give me a Jack Nicholson and keep your sweet faces.

      • axalon

        Okay but…Jack Nicholson is handsome. At least he was when he started landing big roles.

        And dude, come on. You can apply the “when was his last great movie?” to every single actor. Every actor hits dry spells that are out of his control.

        By the way, if you think it’s bad for actors, imagine how actresses feel.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I’ll take talent over handsominess or attractiveness any day.

        We can just give three examples: Gerard Butler. ( when was his last great movie ? Long time ago, far far away…

        Taylor Kitsch ? come on!

        Channing tatum ? horrible.

        List can go on.

        Give me a Jack Nicholson and keep your sweet faces.

      • Lex Walker

        I’d call Dafoe’s performance in Boondock Saints comedy.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I don’t find it attractive. But I’m a boy, so maybe It dosn’t count.

        What about Spacey ? Comedy is not his best catalogue.

        And Ron Pelman ?
        When did you see Willem Dafoe playing a comedy ?
        etc.

      • axalon

        First off, Edward Norton is attractive. So is Bryan Cranston, especially when he was younger. Second, when was the last time any of those actors headlined a movie that wasn’t a comedy? As in they were the lead and held a majority of the screen time. You can’t use TV shows as example as they run under a different set of rules, same goes for comedy since people don’t care what you look like as long as you make them laugh.

        Danny Trejo has Machete but that movie is essentially grindhouse homage/parody.

      • Lex Walker

        More than half the people you named were character actors for decades before they became household names themselves. Some of these still aren’t household names despite the fact that everyone who’s been to a few movies in the past decade would probably recognize them. What you really proved with this list is that you can still be a successful actor if you’re not “conventionally attractive”, it’ll probably just take you longer to gain traction. (And Tim Allen gained traction thanks to his stand-up and then transitioned to acting, like so many comedians do.)

      • MEY

        True!

    • eternalozzie

      attractive people sell more tickets … then again it’s all subjective … Carrie, Harrison, and Mark were all quite attractive in the late 70′s.

      • The Flobbit

        Yes, but they did not embody the pinnacle of beauty. Hamill was a pretty boy, Fisher was a tomboy, and Ford was a roguish carpenter. Far from “beautiful”.

      • eternalozzie

        so since you don’t find them attractive therefore they are not attractive … that is merely an opinion

      • The Flobbit

        Who says I did not find them attractive? I said they did not have studio-quality looks! Harrison Ford was no gorgeous Hollywood hunk, but that did not stop him from being completely awesome!

      • enderandrew

        Harrison Ford was named the single sexiest man alive. Clearly he isn’t attractive.

      • The Flobbit

        Do you think he was cast because he was the sexiest man alive? Or because he stunned George Lucas at auditions with his easy charm and acting skill?

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Charm comes with being attractive

      • The Flobbit

        Tell that to James Gandolfini.

      • Sugarpuss

        Uh, that dude was gross. His characters were utterly repulsive and he was fat. Not hot.

      • The Flobbit

        But he had charm. That was what I was saying. Watch Enough Said for proof.

      • Sugarpuss

        Uh, that dude was gross. His characters were utterly repulsive and he was fat. Not hot.

      • Sugarpuss

        Yep. He was prime beefcake, back in the day.

      • Lex Walker

        Everyone knows he won that contest by installing free wall-to-wall carpeting for all of the voting committee.

      • enderandrew

        Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have been made the People Top 50 Most Beautiful lists. Mark Hamill didn’t do much screen acting after Star Wars, but he was marketed as a young sex symbol none the less, though his looks were somewhat a product of what was popular in the late 70s. One could contend his motorcycle accident and facial scarring hurt his ability to get cast in future movies precisely because Hollywood does care about looks.

        You have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • MEY

        The last sentence of this comment is the most important part of this comment-flood.

        I love you.
        And I love your wife, too, because she is attracted to Tom Hiddleston. :)

    • MEY

      Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were not attractive in Star Wars V and VI… !!! ???

      You are an idiot!

      • The Flobbit

        I never fucking said that.

    • MEY

      Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were not attractive in Star Wars V and VI… !!! ???

      You are an idiot!

    • grittymcgritterson

      Agreed, but take for instance Jennifer Lawrence when she appeared in Winter’s Bone. She’s a very plain but also attractive person who’s looks are in way the focal point of her character. Cut later to her at the Oscars and she looks like the most gorgeous person ever.

      • The Flobbit

        Exactly, a character does not need to be beautiful to be interesting or relateable.

  • bidi

    thanks collider. this information would have been useful to me a week ago. my chance for the meet and greet was november 7

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      I emailed them about it the local casting call days ago and they didn’t post it. I included a link to a local news article and everything. While they run every moronic Latino Review rumor which comes out, they completely ignored actual casting call news. Bravo! Well done Collider!

  • Strong Enough

    must be beautiful lmaooo

  • The Flobbit

    And the fact that they are accepting people of all races – white, black, Chinese, Indian – seems alternately muddled, as if they don’t know what their own characters will be, and a very dangerous place to be – Disney is going to get swamped with auditions, and they may miss some true talent buried in the rubble.

    This is just wrong. A character cannot be played correctly by all races. A character that is white will not work played by an Indian. A character that is African will not work played by a white Canadian. This is not racist. It’s the truth.

    • Oliver

      none of the characters in Star Wars will be English, African, Indian or any other Earth related race, so I’m not sure I see your point. I’m sure an African and an Englishman can equally well portray a character from Tatooine?! Also I think you’re reading too much into ‘must be handsome’, i think thats a polite way of dissuading overweight and unattractive people rather than a call for catalogue models. Hamill, Harrison and Fisher were all good looking people

      • The Flobbit

        Yes, but the actors who play these characters will be from these races. One race cannot be portrayed by the other, and even you must argue that. If you have a character from Tatooine, he cannot be played by a black guy, and his brother by a white guy. Only ACTORS of one race can portray CHARACTERS of one race, am I right?

        You are right about the handsome part. But I just think that there may be incredibly talented people out there who are not conventionally handsome. Maybe they need some attention too.

      • Sugarpuss

        Ugly men get all sorts of work in Hollywood. Remember your list? It’s talented women who get ignored 99.9% of the time, based ENTIRELY on their looks. So stop running your stupid mouth. You don’t know how good you’ve got it.

      • The Flobbit

        Answer me this: who is stopping any woman from going to Hollywood and becoming famous?

      • The Flobbit

        I am sure there is probably someone, so who? And why point this at me? I was simply pointing out a fact – there are non-attractive actors in Hollywood, why the hell am I stupid?

      • The Flobbit

        Yes, but the actors who play these characters will be from these races. One race cannot be portrayed by the other, and even you must argue that. If you have a character from Tatooine, he cannot be played by a black guy, and his brother by a white guy. Only ACTORS of one race can portray CHARACTERS of one race, am I right?

        You are right about the handsome part. But I just think that there may be incredibly talented people out there who are not conventionally handsome. Maybe they need some attention too.

    • Mars

      If these are fictional characters (which they are), it doesn’t matter what ethnicity they are. Based on the fact they’re opening up auditions this widely, they clearly don’t have a restrictive mold for the characters. Open ethnicity means they can draw from the largest pool of talent and get the best available actor, as opposed to just the best available white actor or so on.

      • The Flobbit

        By your reckoning Aragorn could have been played by a black guy, Blade could have been played by a Chinese actor, and James Bond could have been played by an Eskimo since they “are fictional characters so it doesn’t matter what ethnicity they are”.

      • Lex Walker

        What about Aragorn’s character description makes it so he has to be white? Even Blade could just as easily be Chinese, there’s nothing in his story that would really be changed by that. And yeah, in a reboot of the series, James Bond could just as easily be black, the only thing stopping that in the current run is Skyfall confirming that all Bond movies up until now have been the same guy. A reboot could cast him as any race though.

      • The Flobbit

        Aragorn was described in the books as being white. Or at least he was never described as being black. Blade being Chinese would outrage a lot of fans, just as making Luke Skywalker’s daughter black would outrage a lot of fans.

        You forget that Bond has been rebooted 6 times now – once for each actor. He always remained white and male, because that is what he is (a la Fleming’s books).

      • Lex Walker

        You’re missing the point: what specifically about these characters necessitates them being a certain race? Luke Skywalker’s child could be black if the mother was. And just because a black actor has never before been cast as James Bond doesn’t mean it can’t or shouldn’t be done. If it can make sense within the context of the story (like James Bond is just the cover name assigned to agents of the 007 identity). You’ve offered no reason beyond fan outrage for any of these things.

      • The Flobbit

        Fan outrage = less tickets = less money = less profit = bad.

        Is it not enough to say that one character cannot be played by two actors of different races? The moment Disney decides that Rachel is Asian, they are going to have to discard every single white, black, and hispanic audition. While I bet you 10 bucks the main characters will be white, this is still a possibility.

      • Lex Walker

        Who says Disney will decide that pre-casting and not decide it based on who they cast? You’re just speculating wildly now. And there’s not a single study suggesting fan outrage has ever killed a movie. Take Ender’s Game. Fans claimed they’d boycott the movie based on Card’s homophobic remarks – but it still performed well. The worst part of your argument: you can never prove it because you can’t prove if fans did or didn’t actually buy tickets. You’re just talking out of your ass.

      • The Flobbit

        Fan outrage killed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Last Airbender, and that’s just off the top of my head.

    • Strong Enough

      No shit. i don’t think Disney is going to cast a white actor to play a African. lol

      But we have no idea who they are casting. So why all the talk about race? Star Wars has never put a emphasis on race as far as i’m concerned. They are just looking for the best actor to play the roles and it doesn’t matter what race they are.

    • Strong Enough

      No shit. i don’t think Disney is going to cast a white actor to play a African. lol

      But we have no idea who they are casting. So why all the talk about race? Star Wars has never put a emphasis on race as far as i’m concerned. They are just looking for the best actor to play the roles and it doesn’t matter what race they are.

    • Sugarpuss

      “This is not racist”

      Sure.

  • 80sRobot

    I now get a bad vibe over how things have been progressing (or not) with this movie. This open casting to the public seems weird and like a stunt… wouldn’t they just consult (and confide with) the major casting agencies to round up qualified actors to audition, even unknowns who are signed? I wonder if this may be one reason why Kathleen Kennedy sought an extension to 2016 by Disney, and if the rumors that she and J.J. Abrams are not getting along are true. I would not be surprised if it’s suddenly announced by the end of the year that Abrams has left the project for unspecified reasons. And I started out having faith in him, due to his past directing work. Anybody else wonder now what’s up, feel unsettled?

    • The Flobbit

      Ouch. Abrams should be sucking up Kennedy at least – she is one of the Star Wars veterans, of which there are few (aside from the rumored trio of Hamill, Fisher, and Ford). She is a veteran of Spielberg and some of the best adventure films of all time.

      • 80sRobot

        Agreed. A good director is backed by an even better producer. That’s how it’s supposed to work. The producer is supposed to start assembling the parts (script, casting, concept artwork, location, etc.) for the director, who then takes over, refines things, takes it to production. One wonders if Abrams has been going over Kennedy.

      • 80sRobot

        Basically, everything about how this production has been running doesn’t sound like Kennedy’s style, which has been marked by efficiency and meeting deadlines and budgets, throughout her career. One wonders if J.J. Abrams was even her choice — it seems like it was Disney’s — because Abrams himself works as a producer. So why would one super producer hire another super producer? Sounds like the making of a conflict.

  • Christian

    This has sure been a strange pre-production. More than a year after announcing the film, we have no title, cast, or script. I can’t imagine what is going on behind the scenes.

    • The Flobbit

      They’re all sitting around confusing “Mystery box” with “tell the audiences nothing”.

      • 80sRobot

        Exactly. A year is more than enough time to have at least a second draft screenplay and major casting ready by now. They don’t seem to be intentionally pulling “Blue Harvest” or “Mystery Box” tactics. Frankly, I now wonder if J.J. Abrams is in way over his head.

      • The Flobbit

        I have been wondering that since the beginning. I can’t help but wonder what would be happening if a more experienced director (Steven Spielberg, Brad Bird) would have took the reins…

      • 80sRobot

        Yep. Brad Bird would have been a solid choice for Disney. If he had a good script, some principal casting in place, and concept artists with work to present, then it would be a go on schedule. (These are the parts of the pre-production where the executive producer, Kathleen Kennedy, would normally be the person mostly in charge of in the beginning, putting it together for the director.)

        The mystery and concern all started with the script — was Michael Arndt’s work terrible? Did he actually write a first draft, or just turned in a treatment? Did Abrams feel it wasn’t good enough? Or did Abrams have his own ideas and scrapped it, starting what could be friction between him and Kathleen Kennedy and Disney?

        By now, there should be rumors about concept art related to this movie. But one just has this feeling that maybe no such work has even been commissioned yet.

      • The Flobbit

        Rumours…rumours…rumours…
        Oh how they annoy me, and how Abrams seems to love circulating fruitless ones.

      • Christian

        I’m sure there is more going on that we don’t know about, but I get the impression that pre-production problems have to do with too many cooks in the kitchen.

        Bob Iger, Kathleen Kennedy, and JJ Abrams each have a huge stake in this, and I doubt they all have the same vision. Plus, there’s no telling how much George Lucas is influencing this process. Abrams could have an idea, Kennedy could take it to Lucas, and Lucas could say that it doesn’t fit. And then Iger tries to ram it through so they make the 2015 release date.

      • 80sRobot

        I believe you may be right. J.J. Abrams was probably Iger’s choice for director. Because why would Kennedy, an executive producer, want to hire a director who himself also works as an executive producer for movies (and is his production company, Bad Robot, now deeply involved in the production process)? It just seems like that in itself would set up conflicts.

        I bet Lucas supports Michael Arndt, and approves of the current draft of the writing he did (whether it is a treatment or first draft screenplay). Of course, the script could be terrible, and maybe that’s why Abrams appears to have taken over the writing reins with Lawrence Kasdan.

        There may come a point where Igor will have to fire either Kennedy or Abrams. Kennedy doesn’t seem to be the problem — she’s working for Disney directly on this, and has had a long career working with Lucas and Spielberg.

        Is the script so far just bad (a high possibility) which has turned things strange with this production, or is Abrams presenting his own creative vision upon Star Wars? And what was the last screenplay he actually directly co-wrote for a movie he directed? This latter part is concerning.

      • rhizomeman

        Yea, unfortunately that sounds pretty accurate. I can just hear Lucas saying, “Well…that doesn’t really fit with what happened in AOTC. Plus, you really need a character that can be easily molded into an action figure for the 4-10 age group.”

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  • cam

    Right, with casting unknowns you don’t know what you’ll get, and the SW franchise has been burned by that before. The girl description fits perfectly with what Chloe Moretz has already proven to deliver well: she can handle emotions, action, humor, she’s pretty, the right age. Not hiring her is just over thinking it. Just give her a role and get rolling and she’ll do great and the movie will be great.

  • cam

    Right, with casting unknowns you don’t know what you’ll get, and the SW franchise has been burned by that before. The girl description fits perfectly with what Chloe Moretz has already proven to deliver well: she can handle emotions, action, humor, she’s pretty, the right age. Not hiring her is just over thinking it. Just give her a role and get rolling and she’ll do great and the movie will be great.

    • rhizomeman

      Totally disagree – she is way overrated and overexposed.

      • Pk

        Are you insane? She’s perfect for attracting the younger demographic

    • Lex Walker

      Just…no. She’s really not very good at all, the second Kick-Ass kind of proved that.

      • Pk

        Kick ass 2 sucked because it was directed by that shithead Jeff wadlow. Chloe was perfect as always

    • NICK НΛRT

      shes still too young to play that role they’re casting anyways

    • Pk

      Your absolutely right. Just cast her as the female lead and get it over with. But if not her then hailee steinfeld would be perfect

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      quote: ” with casting unknowns you don’t know what you’ll get, and the SW franchise has been burned by that before.”

      Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford were all unknown before the first Star Wars.

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  • rhizomeman

    This is great news! Find some talented unknowns – especially since Lucas isn’t making the final decision.

  • rhizomeman

    This is great news! Find some talented unknowns – especially since Lucas isn’t making the final decision.

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    I emailed them about the Austin, Tx casting call day5 ago and they didn’t post it. I included a link to a local news article and everything. If not for the fact they run every stupid rumor Latino Review runs I wouldn’t care.

    Why are you ignoring actual casting call news but eager to post Latino Review non-sense?

  • Noomba

    I’m going to send them a video of miley cyrus twerking with me shaking my head up and down between her butt cheeks.

  • NICK НΛRT

    wow kind of amazing what the comments on this page have turned into. i think it’s cool they’re looking for unknowns, i could care less if they’re attractive or not just as long as they can act. between jj and the casting director of inception i’m sure they will find SOMEONE good

  • Abel Tan

    What! Nationwide only … What about worldwide??!! :P

  • the truth

    EPIC FAIL! DUMBASSES!

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  • shadow

    Is this still going on?

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