Thousands of wannabe actors queue in Britain for Star Wars auditions
Thousands of people have auditioned for the next Star Wars film in Britain - so many, in fact, that organisers left many disappointed by shutting doors early due to the huge number.
They were responding to a casting call launched by Disney that it was looking for an actress to play a "street-smart" and strong character aged 17 or 18, and an actor to play a capable and courageous young man for its Star Wars Episode VII, which is being made in Britain next year.
Budding young thespians and others just keen to be involved in the blockbuster franchise waited for hours on Saturday in the pouring rain in Bristol, southwest England, for a "meet and greet" with casting directors. Some even camped overnight.
Local media reported that wannabe actors had come from as far away as the United States and Sweden.
"You can't not audition for this if you're in the age range, if you fit it, because it's just a big deal," one hopeful, Ben Millier, told the BBC.
Disney, which brought Star Wars production company Lucasfilm a year ago, has specified that both lead characters must be good-looking, smart and athletic. A second day of auditions was to be held in Bristol yesterday.
The seventh film in the science-fiction saga, the first of a new trilogy, is scheduled for release in December 2015 and will follow on from Return of the Jedi.