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Star Wars 7 cast gets greater diversity and parkour

Who are Star Wars: Episode VII’s new stars Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson?


The cast of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII continues to bloom, with two relative newcomers added to the line-up: Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson.

“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 producer and Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy.

“We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls, and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film.”

Both arrived through the open casting held in the UK, and both characters are tightly under wraps.

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Who is Star Wars: Episode VII’s Crystal Clarke?

American-born Crystal Clarke has only one major credit to her name, 2015’s The Moon And The Sun, and brings greater ethnic diversity to the cast, as well as increasing the number of women.

She also appears to fit the casting description posted by the Chicago Tribune for Rachel, aged 17-18 and described “street smart, independent, athletic, natural beauty… all ethnicities, multi and bi-racial.”

Do expect to hear some speculation about how she’s actually Rachel Calrissian, Lando’s daughter. OH, INTERNET.

Who is Star Wars: Episode VII’s Pip Anderson?

Star of a Amazing Spider-Man ad for Sony Xperia and a bunch of other commercials, Pip Anderson has killer parkour skills, and it’s probably safe to say his freerunning will be put to good use in Episode VII.

He could be a fit for the leaked description of Thomas, aged 19-23 years-old and described as “athletic, smart, handsome, independent spirited…”

Given Ray Park’s background as a stuntman and martial artist, maybe it’s time for another kick-ass, Force-wielding Zabrak in the Star Wars universe.

After all, the description doesn’t say he’s human, and Thomas is probably just a placeholder name…

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in cinemas 18 December 2015. You can buy Star Wars: The Complete Saga for £57.99 on Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.