Star Wars auditions go online to cast new movies

The next generation of Jedi can now submit audition tapes online in their search for Star Wars stardom.

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror -- and then pressed submit to send their online audition for Star Wars.

Hopefuls -- or should that be new hope-fuls? -- can take a shot at becoming the next generation of Jedi by sending in a video of their performance at Cast It Talent. Two starring roles are up for grabs in the new series of Star Wars films being overseen by JJ Abrams .

The first open audition for the new movies was held in Bristol this weekend, with 2,500 hopefuls seen by casting directors -- but the queue was so big many more were turned away.

Further casting sessions will be held this month in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and London. Star Wars: Episode VII will open on 18 December 2015, with further films to follow in 2017 and 2019, interspersed with spin-offs rumoured to be about younger versions of Han Solo and Boba Fett.

Whichever lucky younglings get the parts won't be the first to catch a big break in the Star Wars series. Han Solo actor Harrison Ford was famously a carpenter when he came to the attention of Star Wars creator George Lucas. Mark Hamill auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker because his mate Robert Englund -- Freddie from A Nightmare on Elm Street -- heard about it while auditioning for Apocalypse Now across the hall from Star Wars casting sessions. And the then-12-year-old Star Wars fan Warwick Davis got the part of an Ewok in Return of the Jedi when his gran heard a radio advert.

While it may sound like a dream come true, Star Wars stardom isn't an automatic path to fame and fortune: Jake Lloyd says playing young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace put him off acting completely.

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