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Star Wars auditions to be held

Star Wars bosses are holding open auditions across the UK and Ireland to fill two roles in the upcoming movie.

Casting sessions for director JJ Abrams' Episode VII will start this week at locations including London, Glasgow and Dublin, according to reports.

The casting call was announced on the Twitter account @UKopencall, which described the Disney project as being a "major Hollywood movie".

With little known about the eagerly anticipated film, the announcement gives fans the first details about characters and the possible plot.

The first character is a female, aged around 17 or 18, who must be "beautiful, smart and athletic". She is said to have been young when she lost her parents and has become "street smart and strong" from having to make her own way in life.

The male character is described as being between 19 and 23 and must be "handsome, smart and athletic". The announcement says he "doesn't have the strongest sense of himself" after growing up without a father figure.

The characters are called Rachel and Thomas, but it is not known whether the names and details of their lives have been altered to disguise the fact the casting call is for Episode VII.

The auditions start in Bristol on November 9.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are expected to return in Episode VII, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Alex Pettyfer and Michael B Jordan also among those rumoured to have roles.

The film is due to be released in 2015.

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