the producers ofÂ Star Wars: Episode VIIÂ are holding worldwide open casting calls for two lead characters, and they’re coming to Nashville. To the Downtown Sheraton on Nov. 24, to be precise.
Producers are seeking a “young woman to play 17-18 years old” and a “young man to play 19-23 years old.” Both must be “handsome/beautiful, athletic and smart.” I’ll be there, freshly shorn and doing my best impression of a 23-year-old. “Star Wars? What’sÂ that? Ohhh, is that the old-timey space movie? Way before my time. I’m super-young.” Right? Here are the character rundowns:
Rachel: Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make 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.
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.