Super 8

Tonight I received a strange casting notice e-mail from Paramount Pictures. They are seeking 13-14 year old Boys & Girls for the lead roles in a new Paramount feature film. The strange part is that no previous acting experience is necessary and no film title, director or production company is listed.

I have a suspicious feeling this open casting call might be for the Steven Spielberg-produced JJ Abrams-directed Super 8. (you can read more about Super 8 here, or watch the teaser trailer here). Super 8 supposedly has something to do with “the possibility that a group of kids in 1979 are playing around making movies with their Super 8 cameras (as Abrams and Spielberg did as kids) and accidentally capture something … sinister, on film.”

All three roles (two boys and one girl) are aged 13-14, and must have “a Midwestern feel.” One of the acting sides provided involves one of the characters learning that his parents are getting a divorce. Super 8 is supposed to be a homage to the early Amblin Spielberg films. And you you may recall, E.T. was based on an imaginary friend Spielberg created after his parents’ divorce in 1960. The pieces seem to fit, don’t they? Or maybe I’m just reading too much into this…

Read the casting information, after the jump.

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Seeking 13-14 year old Boys & Girls for the lead roles in a new Paramount feature film. No previous acting experience is necessary, but must have great energy and a wonderful sense of humor and thoughtfulness.

JOSH: Male 13-14.  Josh is cute, but could be on the scrawny side – definitely not the school jock.  Loveable, empathetic, smart and interesting.  Must have a great sense of humor.  Should have a Midwestern feel.

COLLIN: Male 13-14.  Slightly, or more than slightly, overweight.  Collin is confident, driven, optimistic and a natural leader.  Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.

NATALIE: Female 13-14.   A natural beauty – she is stunning, but not the “cheerleader” type.  Strong and confident, but has an underlying sadness. Should have a Midwestern feel.


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