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'Star Wars' open casting calls announced for U.K., Ireland

Director J.J. Abrams (R) and his wife Katie McGrath attend the premiere of the sci-fi motion picture Star Trek Into Darkness , at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on May 14, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Director J.J. Abrams (R) and his wife Katie McGrath attend the premiere of the sci-fi motion picture "Star Trek Into Darkness" , at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on May 14, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Open auditions are being planned for this week in the United Kingdom and Ireland for two lead roles in Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Episode VII," the BBC reported.

The characters are described as a "street smart and strong" orphaned girl in her late teens and a "smart capable" man in his late teens or early 20s, the British broadcaster said.

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J.J. Abrams is to begin directing the film at England's Pinewood Studios this spring for an expected 2015 theatrical release.

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