- "He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can't take life too seriously."
- ―Character breakdown for "Thomas"[src]
"Thomas", assumed to be a codename, is the name given to a lead character listed in the casting breakdowns for Star Wars Episode VII. He is described as being someone, between the ages of nineteen and twenty-three, who is unsure of himself but has an appreciation for life's absurdities. It is likely, however, that the details are not entirely accurate to whoever the film character ends up being, but rather meant to embody the spirit of the character. Open casting auditions for the character were held in the fall of 2013, in both the United States and United Kingdom.
- The following information is a casting breakdown, and likely does not reflect the final version of the film's character.
"Thomas" is described as a nineteen to twenty-three year old who grew up without the influence of a father. Without that influence, he does not have a strong sense of himself, but is still smart, capable, and courageous. He is able to appreciate life's absurdities and does not take life too seriously.
Throughout the month of November 2013, The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm held open auditions for the character of "Thomas," as well as a female lead called "Rachel." The type of actor they courted was a young man over the age of 18 who is "handsome, smart, and athletic." The in-person auditions were held throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, and prospective actors could also submit video auditions via an open casting website. The auditions attracted thousands of people hoping to get a role in Episode VII, as well as considerable press attention. For example, The Telegraph reported that auditions in Bristol attracted thousands of people, where some hopefuls waited nearly 24 hours in line.
- Star Wars Episode VII (First canon appearance)