'Star Wars' Casts Unknowns Pip Andersen & Crystal Clarke —Get to Know the Newcomers
Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke just joined the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. If you haven't heard of either of them, don't sweat it. The two are virtual unknowns, selected from an open casting call of around 67,000. "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," said the film's producer Kathleen Kennedy. As of yet, we're in the dark about the parts these two will play in the film or how big their roles will be. Regardless, it's an incredibly exciting career break for both of them, and they'll be joining such Star Wars veterans as Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in addition to of-the-moment actors Lupita Nyong'o and Adam Driver.
Clarke is a young actress from New Jersey, though she studied theatre in Scotland. Her big break before Star Wars was a role alongside Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt in the historical fantasy film The Moon and the Sun, based on the book by Vonda N. McIntyre. The film will come out in 2015.
Pip Andersen is actually best known as a parkour professional, so we'll assume he'll be doing his own stunt work. He's British, and his parkour work has been featured in a Spider-Man ad for Sony. Watch it below; it's pretty sweet.