Read The Script Pages Being Used In The Star Wars Open Auditions

star_wars_logo_640_large_verge_medium_landscapeI’ve been sent, more as a curiosity than anything else, the few pages of script that are being used in the ongoing Star Wars open casting calls.

What’s a little bit surprising is that the same pages are being used for the male and female roles, though I don’t know if anybody has been auditioning in pairs or if everybody just works with a “reader.”

I think you might find these scenes interesting. I guess there’s a remote chance that they indicate some of the action in Episode VII, though it’s more likely that they’re just a barometer of these two lead characters.

So, here are the scenes. I guess that anybody going in to audition this weekend might now have a little bit of an advantage…

Rachel labors to bear Thomas’s weight as they inch their way down a deserted road, blood dripping from his leg.

He’s trying to stomach an apple

THOMAS (kidding): Can’t you go any faster?

RACHEL: Shut up and eat your apple.

He enjoyed that, but every step is sheer agony on the leg.

RACHEL: There’s a barn a little farther up the road…

A big barn, dark and damp. Rachel covers the floor with hay, then lays out her sleeping bag. Thomas looks through her backpack for anything he can use as a bandage.

RACHEL: You need rest.

She lowers him down – which puts her face mere inches from his open would. She cringes without meaning to.

THOMAS: Sorry. I know it’s –

RACHEL: It’s fine. I’m just not a big fan of blood.

THOMAS: You know, for such a tough girl, you’re kind of squeamish.

RACHEL: Your fever’s still up. And we have to get some more food in you.

THOMAS: I’m not hungry.

RACHEL: It wasn’t a request.

She sits down next to him and takes out a loaf of bread.

THOMAS: Rachel, thanks for coming to get me.

RACHEL: Family has to stick together, right?

She starts to rise. He grabs her hand, dead serious.

THOMAS: Listen, if I don’t make it –

RACHEL: Sssshh.

THOMAS: But if I don’t…

Before he can finish, she drops down next to him and looks him dead in the eye.

RACHEL: You’re not going to die. I forbid it. Okay?

THOMAS: Okay.

RACHEL: Get some sleep.

THOMAS: What about you?

RACHEL: I will. In a bit.

And that’s that. I can’t help but wonder if the line about family isn’t a direct taunt to the scoop hunters. We’ll see, I’m sure.

And… did anybody else think of Katniss and Peta in the cave? Just a little bit?

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in cinemas on December 18th, 2015.

Philip Glenister

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