Open Casting for Star Wars Episode VII begins in the UK this weekS

Two lead roles for the next Star Wars film are up for grabs in a series of open auditions being held across the UK this week, according to the BBC's Lizo Mzimba.

The two roles, first published on the UK Open Call twitter account for a 'major disney movie' are for a male and female lead - the girl, an orphaned teen that is 'street smart and strong', and a 'smart and capable' man in his late teens or early twenties. The names Thomas and Rachel are attached to the character descriptions, but the BBC believe that it's ''likely that the characters have been given non sci-fi names and descriptions in the announcement in an effort to disguise that the auditions are for Star Wars: Episode VII'':

Open Casting for Star Wars Episode VII begins in the UK this weekS

RACHEL - Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17, she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humour 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 - 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.

The casting calls are taking place in Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and London, starting on November 9th. Star Wars: Episode VII is due to begin filming at Pinewood Studios in the UK in Spring of next year, for a 2015 release.

[BBC]