UK hopefuls line up for Star Wars auditions

People waited in line overnight in the English city of Bristol over the weekend for open auditions as the search commenced to find actors to play key roles in the next Star Wars movie.  Last week Disney announced that it was searching for a young actress to play a 17-year-old girl described as “strong” and “street-smart” and for a young actor to play a “smart and capable” young man in Star Wars Episode VII.

The southwest city’s Arnolfini arts center played host to the two-day auditions, which were the first in a series of open sessions being held all over Great Britain and Ireland over the course of the next few weeks.

The doors of the Arnolfini were set to open at 11am, although many arrived as early as 2am in order to make sure that they secured a place in the queue.  The size of the queue, which was rained on frequently during the wait, is believed to have been in the hundreds or possibly even thousands; the queue was so long that in the end many were left disappointed as officials decided to close the line early.

The new movie is the seventh film in the saga that began in 1977 and the beginning of a brand new trilogy.  JJ Abrams, the director of the recent Star Trek reboot movies, will be at the helm for the first new movie, which is set to enter production in the UK next year.