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The force will soon be with Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke.

Via an extensive open casting call, these relative unknown have been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures confirmed in a statement yesterday.

Andersen (a parkour professional) and Clarke (an aspiring actress) were two of over 37,000 people to visit cities across the U.S. and Great Britain and audition for producers of this upcoming blockbuster.

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"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," Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy said, adding:

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

No word yet on just what roles Anderson and Clarke will take on.

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Rian Johnson is headed to a galaxy far, far away.

The writer/director will pen the script and be behind the camera for Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, Deadline has confirmed.

He’ll take over on those projects for JJ Abrams, who is enjoying  the same dual role for the wildly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII.

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Johnson made his directing debut on the respected independent film Brick and earned rave reviews for Looper, an inventive time travel thriller that starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis

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Star Wars Episode VII is still more than a year away, but we're already receiving updates about the "stand-alone" films that will follow, but will not serve as official sequels to the forthcoming movie.

Still with us? To clarify: JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars episodes VII, VIII, and IX, but Disney and Lucasfilms also plan to release a series of films that take place in a galaxy far, far away but are not related to the new trilogy.

Josh Trank

At least one of those films will be directed by a young up-and-comer named Josh Trank, previously best known for the 2012 film Chronicle.

Though he just turned 30, Trank is already highly in demand in Hollywood and he's also slated to adapt the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

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When the cast of Star Wars Episode VII was announced earlier this week, one name seemed to attract more interest than any other: Daisy Ridley.

Not only is Daisy the only woman to be cast in the film so far, she's almost a complete unknown, with only a handful of British TV credits to her name.

While we still know very little about Daisy, some Internet theorists are convinced they know the role she'll play in the highly anticipated JJ Abrams film: the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia, Jaina Solo.

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The official cast for Star Wars: Episode VII has finally been announced.

Along with a photo of the actors and actresses sitting around at a script reading (below), the official Star Wars website has revealed that John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow will come on board the wildly anticipated blockbuster.

They will join original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.

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"We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII," director J.J. Abrams said, adding:

"It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

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Disney and Lucasfilm announced that filming is set to begin at Pinewood Studios in London for Star Wars: Episode VII. They also unveiled a key plot detail.

The filmmakers also revealed that the movie, the first of three planned sequels, will pick up 30 years after Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) left off.

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The hugely anticipated next installment in the storied franchise is still on track for its December 18, 2015, release date, with filming set to start in May.

Now all it needs are some more stars ... or any for that matter.

So far it has one person in talks, Adam Driver, and reported commitments from original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

Disney CEO Bob Iger joked a Tuesday shareholders meeting:

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The "Big Three" of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are due on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII soon, the latter revealed in an interview.

Promoting her appearance on The Big Bang Theory, Fisher confirmed as much, saying that the trio is expected on set sometime in “March or April.”

Star Wars Big 3

While it's long been rumored that Luke, Leia and Han would return in Star Wars: Episode VII, Carrie Fisher's confirmation is as concrete as anything so far.

It's also the closest thing we've had to a production schedule.

As for Fisher would like for her character? “I’d like to wear my old (cinnamon buns) hairstyle again - but with white hair,” she said. “I think that would be funny.”

How involved the iconic characters will be in this trilogy remains to be seen. Some have suggested they may be more Obi-Wan type characters in advisory roles.

Others have suggested that one (Han feels like the logical pick) or perhaps more will meet their demise, with their children seeking justice against the dark forces.

What would you like to see out of Star Wars 7? Tell us below, and don't forget to watch The Big Bang Theory online to see Carrie's guest spot on CBS.

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Let the countdown officially begin:

Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

The major news was announced today via a statement by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

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“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Horn.

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Place that talk about Star Wars: Episode VII on hold for a moment.

Let's not look ahead to 2015 just yet. Instead, let's take a couple minutes to look way back… 36 years back, in fact, as never-before-seen footage from the original Star Wars has hit the Web.

Lucasfilm book division author and editor J.W. Rinzler has unveiled outtakes from the iconic film, as he stumbled upon a Star Wars blooper reel while compiling archive footage from a making-of production.

Check it out now, as all your favorites - from Han to Luke to Leia to Chewbacca - are featured below. (NOTE: It's not your computer. The opening few scenes lack sound.)

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There appears to be a disturbance in the force of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Michael Arndt - the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 - will no longer pen the script for this wildly anticipated 2015 release.

Instead, that duty will fall to J.J. Abrams and Raiders of the Lost Ark scribe Lawrence Kasdan.

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Abrams, of course, is also directing the blockbuster, while Kasdan wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement:

“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right.

"Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”