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.
Earlier this week, Disney announced the highly-anticipated film will be released on Dec. 18, 2015.