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'Star Wars' update: New actors cast, plus Harrison Ford hiatus

As Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury, more actors are headed to a galaxy far, far away. Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen are tapped as the latest "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast members.

Actors Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke are headed to a galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm

More actors are apparently strong with the Force as Lucasfilm announced Sunday that Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen will join the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Both are relative unknowns. Clarke, an American, will debut in her first feature, "The Moon and the Sun," in 2015, while Andersen, a Brit, is a skilled practitioner of parkour who showed off his skills in a recent Spider-Man ad for Sony.

News of Clarke being added to the cast is especially of interest to fans who have wondered whether there would be more female characters in the next "Star Wars" film. With Clarke added to the lineup, along with Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, and Daisy Ridley as yet-to-be-named characters, and Carrie Fisher reprising her role as Princess Leia, this "Star Wars" movie may end up with quite a strong female cast members.

Actors John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will also join the original stars of the saga -- Harrison Ford, Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker -- in the new film.

While "Star Wars: Episode VII" continues to expand its cast, the team will be taking a two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made as actor Harrison Ford recovers from a recent leg injury that happened during filming.

"Harrison is doing well and is looking forward to returning to the set soon," according to a press statement on StarWars.com. "Shooting remains on track to wrap in the fall with the film scheduled for release on December 18, 2015."

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are the producers. The legendary John Williams will return as the composer.