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'Star Wars' Casting Call In Chicago: Open Call For Young 'Episode VII' Leads Comes To Park West Nov. 14

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISNEY CONSUMER PRODUCTS - Twenty Stormtroopers take over the stage during a private Disney event at th
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISNEY CONSUMER PRODUCTS - Twenty Stormtroopers take over the stage during a private Disney event at the Licensing Expo, Monday June 17, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. This surprise grand finale, presented to more than 1,500 licensees, demonstrates a new era of merchandising potential for Disney Consumer Products? robust franchise portfolio, which now includes the Star Wars franchise. (Photo by Andrew Estey/Invision for DisneyConsumer Products/AP Images)

May the force be with you, hopeful Chicago-area padawans.

Reports emerged Friday that the production team behind the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars: Episode VII" will be holding an open casting call for two "lead" roles in the latest addition to the sci-fi franchise from 3-8 p.m. at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., on Nov. 14.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the film's casting director Maryellen Aviano is seeking a 17-18-year-old female who is "street smart, independent, athletic, natural beauty… all ethnicities, multi & bi-racial" as well as a male who can play 19-23 years old who is "athletic, smart, handsome, independent spirite [sic]." The characters have been named Rachel and Thomas.

Hopeful cast members younger than 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Acting experience is not required.

The descriptions mirror those for a casting call being held in the United Kingdom this weekend and in other U.S. cities including St. Louis, Nashville, Austin, Troy, Mich. and Bloomington, Minn. in the weeks ahead. Applications can also be submitted online.

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