As we reported yesterday, an open audition will take place in the UK and the US next week. Now a possible Episode 7 audition script have hit the web. Hit the jump to check out what the script is about as well as some more rumors on the two characters…
Now Furiousfanboys found out that you could actually get information about the casting, and even download the “sides” that people will read from when they audition for the role. Here’s what they send you by email. It’s a watermarked PDF with your email address, and with the following script page:
Rachel labors to bear Thomas’ weight as they inch their way down the deserted road, blood dripping from his leg. He’s trying to stomach an apple.
Can’t you go any faster?
Shut up and eat your apple.
He enjoyed that. But every step is sheer agony on the leg.
There’s a barn a little farther up the road…
INT. BARN – LATE DAY
A big BARN, dark and damp. Rachel covers the floor with hay, and then lays out her sleeping bag. Thomas looks through her backpack for anything he can use as a bandage.
You need rest…
She lowers him down – which puts her face mere inches from his open would. She cringes without meaning to.
Sorry. I know it’s –
It’s fine. I’m just, not a big fan of blood.
Ya know, for such a tough girl you’re kind of squeamish.
Your fever’s still up. And we have to get some more food in you.
I’m not hungry.
It wasn’t a request.
She sits down next to him and takes out a loaf a bread.
Rachel, thanks for coming to get me.
Family has to stick together,
She starts to rise. He grabs her hand – dead serious:
Listen, if I don’t make it –
But if I don’t…
Before he can finish, she drops down next to him and looks him dead in the eye.
You’re not going to die. I forbid it. Okay?
Get some sleep.
What about you?
I will. In a bit.
Of course these script auditions very rarely have something to do with the real story of the actual movie. Here are some more clues about the characters from BadAssDigest:
Some people say this shows that the leads of the movie will not be the children of Luke or of Han and Leia, but I don’t agree. For one thing, the “Thomas” character grew up without a dad, but it doesn’t say his dad is dead. I’ve heard that Luke’s son is the focus of the movie (grain of salt, etc, it’s all rumors and I’m not reporting this as a fact or anything), and Thomas could be that son. Imagine a movie where Thomas knows he’s Luke’s son but Luke doesn’t know he’s the dad – a reversal of the father/son relationship in the original trilogy (and remember Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams loves cheap reversals). They’re NOT looking multi-ethnic for that role, so I’m assuming they want a white kid.
Star Wars Episode IV and V producer Gary Kurtz spoke to The Guardian about why JJ Abrams is likely to be holding open auditions for Episode 7, and how he and George Lucas chose many of the original cast.
When we cast the original Star Wars film all three of the main leads were pretty much unknown.
We made a summary for an open casting call and that went out to every actor’s agent and actor’s school we knew.
I imagine the producers and casting directors for Episode VII will be holding open auditions for the same reasons we did. It’s always difficult to see the actor in the part until they are there in front of you doing it. If they do anything like we did they will be looking first at their physical presence and then talking with them to get an idea of their personalities. They will be reducing it to possibly 10 people for each role. Sometimes they only have five. If they are rebooting the franchise they want these people in more than one film, so they will need people who have chemistry together.
Doing open auditions makes sense to me. Some of the more recent films they cast star names. I think they never bothered to test them with other people and sometimes when you do that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of chemistry on the screen.
They are not going to be shooting it until next spring so they have got time to search through all these candidates. They don’t have a script as far as I know, but they will have a good idea where they are going with the story.
I think JJ Abrams is a really good choice to direct the new film. From what I can see he loves the Star Wars mythology and the early films. He’s a fine film-maker and knows how to present stories. The fact that they are doing a new trilogy and a series of separate origins movies as well means they have an opportunity to do quite a few different things. It might be overkill, but having all these characters doesn’t seem to be a problem for the Marvel films. And Disney seems to have made a real success of those.
For the full interview with videos from Ford’s, Fisher’s and Hamill’s auditions go to the Guardian.