UPDATE 11/11/13: NATIONWIDE CASTING CALL FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
If EW is to be believed the following casting call has been issued for “anyone (who fits the following casting specifications) with a video camera”:
Seeking: 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.
Seeking: 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.
A confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios on Thursday.
With that, New Mexicans are again wondering, who, what, where, when, and how much of the new Star Wars franchise might end up in the Land of Enchantment.
As we’ve been covering for you here, here and here, the “force” is expected to land in New Mexico despite persistent rumors, some convos around town and even investigative reporting that says otherwise.
In addition to knowing that the state has been looked at for both studio and location settings, our current findings, erring on the side of hopeful, point to a fall 2014 location shoot being likely (or at least possible) in New Mexico. As we like to say, “nothing’s official until someone yells that’s a WRAP!”
And now to address one inquiring OHI reader, BG writes:
“I was just curious if by any chance you know what extra-casting
agencies I should sign up with in order to get a chance on Star Wars
episode VII here in NM?”
Well B, we direct all hopefuls to check-in and register with all the hard working and most reputable casting directors we report on listed here, many of which have long resumes with the largest films and television shows the state has ever seen, including The Lone Ranger, No Country for Old Men, Breaking Bad and so much more.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Officially announced shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios – UK, with Los Angeles and New Mexico, USA also on the proverbial call sheet…
For our friends and readers around the world here is the UK casting call forecast ICYMI!
UPDATE 09/26/2013: Conflicting reports are still streaming into our inbox and tip line. Some continue to say “it is”, some say “probably not”, while others say, “HACK, you don’t know anything!” We do know that nothing is official until someone yells, THAT’S A WRAP! Unofficially, our most trusted sources say…
As we’ve been covering for you here, here and here…Lucas Film’s out of this worldly, epic saga sequel, Star Wars Episode VII IS INDEED HEADED TO NM – via Disney!
Like Marvel’s record breaking mega flick The Avengers, and the return of The Lone Ranger (more importantly a flood of global journalists, media outlets and film dollars), Disney returns to the desert and to New Mexico’s class A-1 studio facilities and crew base to shoot the first of THREE pending sequels to add to the mega-galactic franchise.
New Mexico will share production duties with Los Angeles and London when filming gets underway in 2014. Original cast members scheduled to return include Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill…all of whom are slated to somehow reprise their roles from the original 1977 film.
BRING IT fanbois and girls! Keep it HERE for up to date details on local casting and info.
Revised 9.17.13 5:33 p.m.
Long ago at a studio not so far away, this bloggette told the world that it only makes sense for the ultimate War of the Stars to set up shop right here in the New Mexico desert.
The Disney acquired Lucasfilm franchise has already proclaimed that three Star Wars installments are in the offing. Now where better than NM, an established Disney friendly backdrop, to put down roots?
The original home to Tatooine is rapidly disappearing and Tamalewood has served Disney companies (ABC Family, Disney Channel, Marvel) very well for many previous productions.
For decades New Mexico has quietly been a hot spot for film location scouting. Now more than ever locals are becoming aware of the very real and growing presence of the global film industry right here in The Land of Enchantment.
As the Winter/Spring 2014 production start approaches for Star Wars Episode VII, eyes and mouseears all over the world will once again turn to NM. Confirmation that New Mexico will play host to the film is inching ever nearer.
Personally, I like what Disney has done with their purchase of New York City…ABC is doing quite well, and I have no doubt that if a port for Disney Cruise Lines in New Mexico would suit them, the Walt Disney Company could pull it off!
I have long been awaiting a sizable investment in the Land of Enchantment by the multinational mass media conglomerate. After all we have seen them here, from the Avengers to The Lone Ranger, Disney has built it and COME!
With the recent purchase of all things Lucas how long will it be until we’re all suited-up in our Storm Trooper best? Hell, most of us are replete with prêt-à-porter Tatooine garb!
We’ve also got no shortage of Fanbois and girls (both domestic and imported)! From our ever growing and increasingly acclaimed Comic & Sci-fi Conventions to the long lived lore of being the birthplace of the Alien Autopsy, we are proudly geekcentric!
Now that the rumblings have begun, via the firstname.lastname@example.org, that the Imperial scout-abouts have landed in NM, every Star Warsophile should sit-up and take notice!
Don’t blow this one Susana…