Confirmed: 2-week Star Wars break for Ford’s recovery; 2 named from casting call

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Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke announced Sunday that filming of Star Wars: Episode VII will stop for two weeks in August to allow Harrison Ford to recover from a recent injury on the set. The announcement — buried in a press release naming two new cast members (more on that below) — says that shooting will remain on track despite the hiatus to wrap this fall and the film will open Dec. 18, 2015.

The two new cast members, Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke (pictured above), were selected after an open casting call for young actors late last year that visited 11 cities across the United States and United Kingdom and saw more than 37,000 attendees and 30,000 online applications.

Clarke, an American studying in Glasgow, will be seen in the upcoming release The Moon and the Sun. Andersen, a British parkour athlete, appeared in a Spider-Man-themed ad for Sony’s Xperia smartphone.

The announcement also confirms that principal photography in Abu Dhabi wrapped in May and filming continues at London’s Pinewood Studios.

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