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Disney to Accept Video Auditions Nationwide for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

So you think you can use the Force? Time to put your midi-chlorians where your mouth is, because Disney has announced that it and director J.J. Abrams are expanding their search for actors for a forthcoming, little-known indie film called Star Wars: Episode VII.

Nerdist podcast guest Saoirse Ronan mentioned to Collider last month that potential candidates are currently auditioning in Hollywood, and now, the search is expanding nationwide to include anyone who wants to send in a video submission. Casting calls will still be happening, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter, and potential Padawans will likely have to meet with casting director Maryellen Aviano (Inception), but this is could be your chance to travel to a galaxy far, far away.

Little is known about the two roles, “Rachel” and “Thomas”, but we’re sure we’ll find out more before the film’s December 18, 2015 release date. Here are the full character descriptions, which I would bet Imperial credits are code names:

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.

Casting unknowns is a difficult proposition when it comes to Star Wars, as evidenced by the Hailee Steinfeld/Hayden Christiansen divide, but considering how incredibly difficult it is to please Star Wars fans in general, it’s probably for the the best. Unless, of course, you’re recently announced co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.


That being said, we’d love to see your auditions, too! Or feel free to record some really weird ones and send them our way. Who knows — you could wind up on Nerdist News as the clip of the week! Post it in the comments below or use the hashtag #NerdistVII and tweet us your video! Or tweet it at me directly. I’ll be on a plane later today for fourteen hours, so Lord knows I’ll need some entertainment.

[HT: ComingSoon]

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  1. Joseph Cave says:  My dream is to do Flashback scenes and Young Persona like these Character’s

  2. Joseph Cave says: My dream is to do Flashback scenes and Young Persona like these Character’s

  3. Joseph Cave says: My dream is to do Flashback scenes and Young Persona like these Character’s

  4. Victória Borges Bezerra says:

    Brazilian looking for opportunities being an actress

  5. Barbara Myshkova says:

    I know it’s too late but please give me a chance! Since I was 5, I’ve been dreaming of becoming an actress. All the time I used to imagine myself to be a character from a book or a film; I learned lines and acted while no one saw. I want to play Rachel)
    call me 89110236216

  6. Sabina says:


    – I wont embarrass myself if I have no chance in this community. Read it so You can tell me If it has a reason to do a video for You.
    I know there are thousand of applicants and thats the reason why is my article that long.

    I am just interested int this article, because character description for Rachel is like the life I am living. I Don´t know if this will give me a chance to do something, but how could I know if I don´t try ?
    I´ll try to do description of myself by a familiar way as you did Rachel :
    Sabina : Young woman borned in September 1994, under 170cm tall with cca 55 weight, athletic body. I really dont like to elevate myself, but people would tell you that sometimes they scare of my intelligence. But i guess that is not a plus for You, right? 😀
    The same why I wont elevate myself when talking about appearance. I cant say how many faces have you seen, but according to people reactions when they saw me I guess they find me exciting.
    My skin is very light and i can never get dark skin, only very light(yellowish red) freckles on face(just a few)and whole body -but only after sun comes up. I have blue eyes and central heterochromia(one blue eye, one blue-yellow) and glittering light glittering blond nature hair, which is actually strawberry blond, because I have only red and white hair, differently said, I am white red head (not albino, in winter my hair is like white copper).
    My personality :
    I lived for more than 2 years in Florida, my English accent sounds perfect. I live in Czech republic, have two nationalities. Now I am finishing high school of socially just activity in Prague and planning to try Charles University. My hobbies are so many unimportant things, but you might like to hear I´m philosophically focused in deep questions and talented in art(6yrs of art school – drawing, dancing, singing, contact sports) After those few things I think you would know I am open to all human types and opinions.
    But lets come from blabbing to something more interesting.
    Same as Rachel, I had and a little bit have bad times.
    It started when my own brother started physically hurting me as 2yr old and my lookout was for everyone so unusual. I dont have to say that our relationships in family was bad. Parent was always sure I could do everything on my own, so they let me. When my brother started to do drugs, parent started to live apart. I Moved out when was 15 years old. During these years I learned a lot and know more than I can say. Of course I hated my parents to my bones for their behavior..But I tried to change it when I started with helping my dad in house works(I was 17). Long story short, we became best friends. I discovered we are exactly the same. When he celebrated my 18th Birthday I started to feel like his daughter again. And of course relationship between me and my mom got better too. And what happened to my brother ? He drunk some poison that made him crazy and he lost his mind. You could mislead him with a zombie. I found a boyfriend too and I was sure my dad will accept him so I told dad about him and he said we should come on Christmas dinner. Wow I was so happy, almost wanted to cry as i little bit do right now. He loved expensive pens so I bought expensive one as a gift and made homemade wish cards(just used my art skills). I told to my self, this could be really my first good Christmas ! It mean something different than gifts to me..It was like having a family again.
    When I quit my job in dad´s house we chatted for hours and than i went home. When i got up and take a walk aoutside I read an sms from my mother at home :
    “Sabina, please, take the call, your father has died”
    Its almost year ago, but all the pressure is changing everything around You and time flees. You do not have time to cry about it, You are just holding it inside yourself.
    And my aunt, his own sister robbed him after funeral. I dont have to say how i felt that year.. it was horrible. Now my head is clean and reaching higher goals.

  7. Gabriel says:

    Chris, I had a wacky thought, How about Paul Heaver, the X-wing Miniatures World Champion. I think he deserves a cameo as a starfighter pilot in episode VII. Or a relative of the Hoth General Carlist Rieekan – because I see a resemblance there.

  8. Anastasia says:

    My name is Anastasia Ermak, I want to play Rachel!!
    My e-mail: [email protected]
    Phone: +7 915 081 50 10

    Watch my video, please:

    Waiting forward to your reply!!!

  9. Anastasia says:

    I’m absolutely in for Rachel !!

    Here’s my video:

  10. Damon Sudduth says:

    I didn’t know anything about a deadline either, I just went ahead and sent one. I say go for it. Can’t hurt.

  11. Damon Sudduth says:

    I’m game.

  12. Suzette says:

    Is it too late to send a video????. My daughters drama teacher wanted her to audition but we were unaware of the deadline.

  13. Falcon says:

    Here’s my audition for Thomas, just posted today!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Check out my audition for Rachel in Star Wars Episode VII: watch to the very end for some weapons work!

  15. Randall Elston says:

    If i turn 18 in like a month does that make me unable to audition?
    This would be an awesome experience and I would love the chance.
    My birthday is December 30.

  16. hazel rooney says:

    hi, so when it say’s ‘to play 17-18’ do you have to be such ages, i mean I’m 16 but have a older face and i’m really interested. i was going to try the hackney auditions but i don’t know if theres any point in turning up? dude i need help

  17. Mr.Question says:

    i have a question. when they say the thomas character has to be ”over18”. do they mean 18 or more, or do they litterly mean over 18 as in 19 or more? anyone know? because i know a guy who is exactly 18 years old so i don’t know if he is allowed to cast the role.

  18. Camila Sacco says:

    I’m 19 years old. Representing Career Images Model and Talent and modeling and acting is my passion. Here is my monologue:

    You can also find me on


  19. I am an inspiring actress from Australia, this would be such a fantastic opportunity to be apart of this film. Thank-you for taking your time to view this.

  20. Chris says:

    I have zero chance of getting the role, but what the hell!

    As a side note, I found this really interesting article about how Black Alpha is proving to be more popular than Star Wars:

  21. mark eason says:

    are there any further plans for other characters/extras?
    i am 43 … love star wars and would love to participate in almost any capacity
    further to this my daughter is 10 and my son is 3 i would love them to be in it too

  22. Jo Galloway says:

    Please have a look at my site if you have time. Who do I contact in LA?
    I live here now and would love to audition!!

  23. Here is a stab at it. I have always wanted to see nunchaku light sabers. I think I could pull it off.

  24. Natwho says:

    sign me up damn i live in australia to far to travel

  25. Patrick says:

    For fracks sake….
    Please delete last two links they appear not to work.
    THIS one should work
    Just click the drop down and click thomas

  26. Dan Casey says:

    @Kevin, may the Force be with you! Break a leg!

    @Rob, we’re signing you to a three-picture deal. Congratulations.

  27. Kevin says:

    Im flying to Chicago this week to audition. I know these “Cattle calls” are anything but enjoyable but I’m gonna give it a try anyway.

  28. If they were auditioning for evil pornstache henchman #7, I would do it. Otherwise I don’t fit the profile. Maybe in VIII?