'Star Wars: Episode VII' Actor Signs With UTA (Exclusive)

Pip Andersen Formal - H 2014
Josh Exell

Pip Andersen Formal - H 2014

British newcomer Pip Andersen is a professional Parkour practitioner

UTA has signed Star Wars: Episode VII actor Pip Andersen, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Andersen landed a role in the highly anticipated J.J. Abrams-helmed sequel after producers auditioned thousands of hopefuls throughout the U.S. and U.K. during open casting calls. 

Plot and character details remain among the most closely-guarded in Hollywood. But according to a Chicago Tribune report last November, character descriptions given during a Lucasfilm 2013 open casting call in Chicago included a role described as an “athletic, smart, handsome, independent-spirited” young man between the ages of 19 and 23 years old.

Andersen, 23, has practiced Parkour – a physical discipline that can involve scaling walls and leaping between rooftops – for the past seven years. Known as Piptrix in the freerunning community, the acting newcomer appeared in three episodes of MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge and starred in a Spider-Man-themed commercial for Sony Xperia smartphones, in which he put his stunt-ready prowess on display (see the ad below).

Andersen’s signing gives UTA another player in the Star Wars universe. Last month the agency signed relative unknown Daisy Ridley, the female lead of Episode VII who is rumored to be playing the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia. And UTA already represents Oscar Isaac, who has a starring role in the franchise’s new installment.

Andersen also is repped by United Agents in his native U.K.