Disney are looking for people to appear in 'Star Wars' Episode 9

Disney are looking for people to appear in 'Star Wars' Episode 9

As anyone who has chosen to venture down the long and often treacherous career path of acting will tell you, it is not a job for the faint hearted.

Amid endless knock backs, expensive journeys to often fruitless auditions, uncertainty over one's future and the frustrations of seeing one's less gifted contemporaries flourish, actors and actresses are expected to maintain a polished veneer of confidence and charisma. Of course, part of the allure of the entertainment industry is the seductive notion that any misfortune can be turned entirely on its head at dizzying speed.

One role can catapult a performer into the stratosphere at breakneck speed; the cast of Game of Thrones are a good example here, many of whom were operating in relative obscurity in spite of their obvious talent, before they were cast in the monumentally successful television show.

In such instances, the endless slog that life as a jobbing actor can represent pays dividends; the possibility of reaching such dizzy heights surely assuages the tough early ground work.

Star Wars poster Credit: Disney

If you have always fancied yourself as something of a performer, if you are already a performer, or if you merely like the idea of prancing around with a lightsaber, then the news that Disney are seeking out a range of performers for roles in Star Wars Episode 9 will undoubtedly excite you.

According to Movie Casting Call;

"Casting directors are now setting up auditions for new lead and supporting roles. Filming will be taking place at the Pinewood Studios in London, England and surrounding areas."

They add that anyone wishing to audition must have "legal eligibility to work in the entertainment industry in London and the United Kingdom."

Details of the open casting call dates and locations are expected in the coming weeks, and one shudders to think how many thousands of hopeful individuals will make the journey.

Cast and director of Star Wars Credit: Getty

Meanwhile, one Star Wars fan appears less than happy with the decision to give JJ Abrams the directing job, and has set up a petition in protest, which has garnered more than 1,800 signatures thus far. It reads;

“Although not reflected in the box office sales, most fans agree that Abrams' vision for Episode VII resulted in a rehash of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. There was virtually no creativity, and no risks taken. Such complacency cannot be the trajectory of this sequel trilogy. 

“More specifically, the metric for success in a Star Wars movie cannot be box office sales. Lucasfilm and Disney *need* to listen to fan criticism. Star Wars fans deserve better. They demand better.”

The new Star Wars movies, though, have proved monumental successes thus far, with excitement surely only set to increase ahead of the release of The Last Jedi this December.