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Wednesday 20 September 2017

A long time ago in a galaxy far away (actually Croke Park) fans flocked to Star Wars audition

Eimear Rabbitte

IT IS well used to hosting epic battles but this took things to a galactic level.

More than 1,000 film-star hopefuls descended on Croke Park at the weekend in the hope of landing a part in the forthcoming 'Star Wars' movie.

In total, as many as 3,000 budding young actors came to Dublin with the hope of landing a leading role in the next blockbuster from the cult film franchise.

Stormtroopers patrolled the area in high-vis bibs and many fans also dressed up in tribute to their favourite characters.

TALENT

The two-day Irish audition process wrapped up last night and producers were said to be very happy with the talent on offer here.

Casting directors were looking for a girl to play a teenage female role 'Rachel', as well as a male over the age of 18 to play the role of 'Thomas'.

The demand was so high for the open auditions that the location moved from Filmbase in Temple Bar to Croke Park.

Imperial Stormtroopers patrolled the grounds yesterday as a steady stream of nervous young actors arrived throughout the day.

Hopefuls, braved the cold, with more than 150 excited actors receiving callback auditions from the casting directors who felt they could be right for the roles.

Meath actress Florence Ordesh (24) was delighted to receive a callback for another audition yesterday afternoon after impressing the judges with her demeanour and look.

"I was delighted, I just went in for a chat with them and they asked me what I do and about my acting experience," Florence told the Irish Independent.

Mayo woman Carla Burke (26) said she was in shock and "a nervous wreck" after being asked to return for another audition by the casting crew.

"I am not an actress so I was pretty nervous going in there, but they were really nice," explained Carla, who is currently studying to be a nurse at DCU.

Acting graduate Ayman Scuffins (23), who is originally from England, said it would be a "dream come true" to land a role in the movie.

"I am not a die-hard 'Star Wars' fan, but this would be an unbelievable opportunity for what I want to do, which is acting," Ayman added.

It remained unclear yesterday when the successful candidates will learn whether they have won a role in the film. The audition process arrived in Dublin on Saturday after making its way across the UK and US.

Filming for the new movie is due to begin at Pinewood Studios near London in the spring and the film is expected to be released at the end of 2015.

Irish Independent

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