Wannabe stars from across galaxy queue for chance to win role in 'Star Wars'
CROKE Park was transformed into a veritable Death Star casting couch from a galaxy far, far away yesterday.
Thousands of Irish Star Wars fans and budding young actors needed more than the force with them as they queued in freezing temperatures for a shot at a lead role in the next instalment of the legendary blockbuster science-fiction movies.
Budding young actors, fame-hungry hopefuls and even the odd have-a-go hero travelled from all over the country when word spread that the dream roles were up for grabs.
As auditions continue until 3pm today, producers are looking for a "beautiful, smart, athletic" actress to play a girl in her late teens and a "handsome, smart, athletic" man in his late teens or early 20s.
The demand was so high for the open auditions that the location moved from Filmbase in Temple Bar to Croke Park.
Daniel Dennehy (22), from Portmarnock, Dublin, had some issues he needed to wrangle with if he was offered the role.
"I don't know if I want to be famous, I just want to express myself creatively," Daniel told the Sunday Independent.
But Nicole Hollinger (19), who travelled from Co Down, had no such reservations.
"To be honest, I hate not being known. I want to be in TV or on the catwalks. I'm trying to do some modelling at the moment but it's pretty difficult.
"I came here today because I feel I have a big voice and the best way to do it is to have a bit of faith in yourself," she said.
Imperial stormtroopers patrolled the grounds yesterday morning as the hunt for the next big star of the cult sci-fi franchise continued through the afternoon.
Queues spiralled from the St Joseph's Avenue gate entrance off Clonliffe Road in Drumcondra, north Dublin, and snaked all the way up the staircase of Croke Park to meet the blockbuster movie's top casting director.
Chloe Coogan (24) hoped her age wouldn't go against her when she faced the audition panel.
"Someone in work thought I was 14 the other day, so hopefully that'll work in my favour today," said the stylist.
Shooting for the film is due to begin at Pinewood Studios near London in the spring and the film will be released at the end of 2015.