As reported before open auditions are taking place in Bristol right now about two roles for the new Star Wars movie. According to Lucasfilm so far they had seen 1,000 people and given 75 of them callbacks, while 1,000 others were turned away...
As you already know the audition is for 2 roles. A girl called "Rachel" and a boy called "Thomas".
"Rachel" is described as "street smart and strong" and "always a survivor, never a victim"; while "Thomas" has "grown up without a father's influence" but is "smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed".
The candidates must be good looking and athletic - over 16 for the female role or over 18 for the male role.
Here are some bits of info about the casting process. One of the contenders told news.sky.com:
The casting directors were really nice but did not ask her to recite any lines.
They basically told us where to go, we filled out some forms and sat in front of one person and they asked us a few questions.
They asked me if I had done any acting before ... The other thing they wanted to know is what I do for a hobby and how I relax.
We were just engaged in a conversation. It was quite friendly and a nice atmosphere to be yourself.
Each person got about five minutes to talk.
Also some of those who were called back were also given a few script pages. Most likely a script not related to the Episode 7 story.
After Bristol, further open auditions are to take place in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and London.
Open auditions also begin this week in the US. Casting directors will be visiting cities including Nashville and Chicago as well as accepting online applications.
Here's a video with the crowd waiting to be auditioned:
As J.J. Abrams said who by the way won't attend the auditions:
It wouldn't be Star Wars unless there were some fantastic actors who happened to be British.