“Star Wars” Casting Call Hits Chicago

Hordes of Chicago actors lined up, hoping the force -- and more than a little luck -- was with them as casting producers for the next Star Wars movie installment visited Chicago Thursday.

Disney is conducting a nationwide search for lead roles in a feature film, and RedEye has confirmed it's for "Star Wars: Episode VII."

The Chicago casting call will be held at the Park West Theatre on Nov. 14 between 3-8 p.m.

According to the casting call notice, the film is seeking a young woman to play a character named Rachel who is 17-18 years old, "beautiful, smart and athletic." All ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

The other character is a male named Thomas, who's described as a young man between 19-23 years old, "handsome, smart and athletic."

Applicants are asked to show up to the casting call or to fill out an online submission that includes a video.

The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, is scheduled to begin shooting in early 2014 and hit theatres in December 2015.

It will be the first Star Wars installment produced by The Walt Disney Corporation after it purchased the franchise and Lucasfilm Ltd., for $4.05 billion.

Disney plans to produce a trilogy of new Star Wars films.

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