Castings | Walt Disney & LucasFilms Gear Up For “Star Wars VII” | #SoPhi

by • September 23, 2013 • Casting CallsComments (0)2519

Lucasfilm, an owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, in association with Bad Robot Productions and Genre Films is in pre-production on the highly anticipated epic feature film “Star Wars: Episode VII”. Shooting will commence on January 21, 2014, and casting calls are now underway for lead and supporting roles. The filming locations will be at Pinewood Studios in the UK, and in Los Angeles, as J.J. Abrams is constructing production facilities at his Bad Robot Santa Monica headquarters specifically for Star Wars: Episode VII. The extras will be cast throughout production in London. Film crew resumes now being accepted.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” will be an original story and not directly based on the various novels, graphic novels, or other materials in the Star Wars Expanded Universe that take place during the post-Return of the Jedi time period. Disney aims to continue the story that began back in 1977. The film will call for much older versions of the main characters returning along with other fan favorites. In addition to “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and “Star Wars: Episode IX,” Disney also is developing stand-alone movies that will come out over the next six years involving Young Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg lined up to develop the movies for Disney.

Starring in “Star Wars: Episode VII” is Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford reprising his role as Han Solo from the original Star Wars Trilogy. Two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Carrie Fisher will reprise the role of Princess Leia. Mark Hamill has officially been cast to return as Luke Skywalker. Primetime Emmy Award nominee Billy Dee Williams is said to be on the radar to return as the character Lando Calrissian, and has stated that he would be very interested in reprising the role.

Two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” from a screenplay being written by Academy Award winner Michael Arndt. Abrams has released all of his previously directed feature film work with Paramount Pictures, namely the highly successful “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises. He also directed the Paramount film “Super 8”. Screenwriter Michael Arndt has wrote the screenplay for “Little Miss Sunshine” for which he received an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Other screenplays for huge films include “Toy Story 3,” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.

J.J. Abrams and Primetime Emmy Award winner Bryan Burk will produce under the banner of their company Bad Robot Productions, which is a major player in film and television productions. TV series include “Lost,” “Fringe,” “Person of Interest,” and “Revolution”. Features include the 2009 “Star Trek” film, “Morning Glory” starring Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams, “Super 8” starring Elle Fanning, and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. Projects in the works are “The Invisible Woman,” “Little Darlings,” “Half-Life,” and the sci-fi film “God Particle”. Co-chairman of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, who Disney has said will become president of Lucasfilm, is executive producing “Star Wars: Episode VII”. She will also serve as the brand manager for the new Star Wars films, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant.

All talent MUST be legally eligible to work in London and in the United Kingdom.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

(Studio level casting)
Randi Hiller
Walt Disney Studios, VP Casting
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91502

(Additional casting)
Jessica Sherman
April Webster & Associates
4585 Electronics Place
Los Angeles, CA 90039




I highly recommend that your 8×10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. If the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


“Project Name”
“Role of _______”

Extras Casting


Extras casting will take place throughout filming. The stand-ins for the film’s stars will be cast closer to the start of filming. Extras casting calls will be posted here as they are announced. Check back.

Crew Members


Experienced film crew members and production staff located in London, UK can email resumes to:

In the subject line of your email, please indicate that it is a Crew resume and the department you are seeking to work in. For example, “Crew – Camera Department”.


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