Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Casting director Lucinda Syson is on the look-out for a young James McAvoy look-a-like for up-coming feature X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, following the classic Marvel mythology, will chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga.  Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

It was announced that James McAvoy will play the young Professor X in the X-Men prequel at the end of May, and casting is now underway for a 10-12 year old boy with blue eyes to play his even younger self.

The film is set to start shooting in London in August, and the studio has set a June 3rd 2011 release date.


Filming wraps this week on Junkhearts, a dark psychological thriller set in inner city London, where Frank – a traumatised and reclusive ex-squaddie – takes in Lynette, a voracious but self-destructive rough sleeper.

Newcomer Candese Reid joins Tom Sturridge, Eddie Marsan and Romola Garai.
17 year old Candese, another graduate of the very successful Nottingham-based Television Workshop, plays Lynette, who isn’t all she seems. Recruited by her drug dealer boyfriend, Danny (Sturridge) to find a new base for his dealing, she has targeted Frank (Marsan). When her genuine fondness for him and their emerging friendship takes her by surprise, she attempts to break away from her previous life.

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Official HD Trailer

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bristol teenagers required for short film

We are looking for supporting artists for a short film, casting in Bristol tomorrow.

We are making a UK FILM COUNCIL digital short called ‘I’LL TELL YOU’- directed by BAFTA award-winner Rachel Tillotson- through South West Screen very soon and we are looking for a few teenagers, 16-18, to take part in it. We are looking for a punky, colourful look, particularly boys.

The teenagers we are looking for need to live in Bristol, and need to be available on the 1st of July, and for shooting from the 5th-10th of July.

The casting event is taking place tomorrow, Saturday 26th of June, at THE PAINTWORKS in Bristol, Warehouse B3, at 11:00am.

As we are low budget, we’re afraid we have no fee to offer apart from a credit in the film, a copy of the film and an invite to the premiere.

For further information, please contact THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

Land Girls returns for second series

Filming is currently taking place in and around the West Midlands on the second series of BBC Daytime's award-winning drama Land Girls.

Jo Woodcock (now represented by CAM) returns in her role as Bea, now married with a 6 month old baby with Liam Boyle as her husband Billy Finch. Becci Gemmell also returns as land girl Joyce, and they are joined by newcomer Seline Hizli, who plays streetwise, cockney land girl Connie Carter.
Also returning for the second series is the talented 15 year old actor Mykola Allen as Martin, son of Esther Reeves, who has a dramatic storyline when he falls victim to a nasty accident.
The Derbyshire schoolboy (who attends the Derby Academy of Acting) has had a very successful acting career so far with roles in Being Human, Waterloo Road and a number of feature films.
He said: "I started acting when I was three years old and just carried on from there really. I don't have any secrets for learning my lines, I just try and get into the character and then everything follows on from there."
Mykola's mum, Wendy Allen, said: "I am very proud of him.
"He has loved acting from a very young age and one of his first roles was starring in a film alongside Emily Watson but recently his career has begun to really take off."
Neale Birch, director of Derby Academy of Acting, said: "He is a very talented young lad and is willing to make sacrifices for what he wants to do."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Horrid Henry

Vertigo Films is making its second 3D live-action pic based on Novel Entertainment's children's property "Horrid Henry."
This will be the first British children's film to shoot in 3D.

The film will be based on Francesca Simon's literary character Horrid Henry, which is the second most successful children's character in the U.K. (behind Harry Potter) with book sales of more than 16 million in the territory.

Vertigo's previous 3D film StreetDance has been a $30 million box office hit.

Nick Moore will direct the pic, making this project his second directorial effort after 2008's "Wild Child."

Casting has already begun and filming is scheduled to take place during October and November this year.

Vertigo are currently looking for up-and-coming British acting talent to star in the film, which will focus on Horrid Henry as he wages his ever constant battle against the tyranny of adults and forms an unlikely alliance with his irritating little brother Perfect Peter and the infuriating girl next door, Moody Margaret.

It is set to be shot entirely on location in the U.K. and is slated for release in 2011.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Toll Bridge casting call

Casting Director Leoni Kibbey is casting the feature film THE TOLL BRIDGE.

The Toll Bridge is a Feature Film adaptation of an Award Winning Novel.

I am seeking careful suggestions for the lead role of Adam.

Adam: He is the body beautiful. He is very toned with a smooth muscular body. He is feral, unstable, wild, dangerous and very charming. We are looking for an actor who isn’t afraid to run with the character and be daring. We are looking for someone very special for this role. He should be able to act well. We would consider actors or models with little or no experience if they have the natural spark and personality of Adam but most importantly the look and the body.
Must be able to play age 18

Casting: Till 22nd July

Shoot: Sept/Oct

Fee: This is a fully funded feature. Rates are negotiable.

Please email casting@leonikibbey.com with the subject header ‘Adam’.

Please do not email the director. Please only submit for this role. Thank you.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Filmed last year, Dive is an uplifting two-part drama written by Bafta Award-winner Dominic Savage. The stories of Lindsey McCallum and Robert Wisley play out across two consecutive nights, with episode one told from Lindsey's perspective, and episode two from Robert's.

Aisling Loftus (recently seen in Five Daughters) plays Lindsey, a talented, ambitious diver with the 2012 Olympics in her sights, whose life is turned upside down when she meets Robert Wisley, the popular boy at school, falls in love and finds herself torn between two worlds.

Talking about how she was cast as Lindsey, Aisling said
"I got the role of Lindsey by auditioning; a process that I wasn't very familiar with at the time but now it feels like second nature. When they cast me and Jack, it made sense that they would cast the rest of our peer group from Nottingham and Derby – some of the other young people in Dive are from the television workshop that Jack and I used to attend."

Jack O'Connell plays Robert. Star of Skins Series 3 and 4, Jack has recently filmed an adaptation of Martina Cole's best-seller The Runaway in South Africa.

Aisling knew Jack from the television workshops they attended when they were younger. She recalls her experience filming Dive with such an impressive cast:
"It was brilliant. I've know Jack since I was about 13, but we hadn't worked on anything together, just television workshops. Obviously, he's been doing so well and he's so much fun but at the same time very respectful and a proper gentleman. It was just a blessing to work with someone so talented but so lovely and funny."

12 year old Rielly Newbold from Nottingham, a pupil of The Television Workshop (and a dead ringer for Thomas Turgoose), plays Lindsey's younger brother Matty, and Chanel Cresswell (This Is England) from Derbyshire, another Television Workshop veteran, plays Hailey her best friend.

Dive will be shown on BBC2 at 9pm on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Young deaf actress wanted for MI High

Candid Casting are currently looking for a deaf girl aged between 16 and 20 (an exception may be made for 15), to play the part of Avril (16) in an upcoming episode of MI HIGH for CBBC. The girl should be attractive and able to speak as well as sign in BSL. The shoot is over 5 days during the summer holidays (filming in London) and it is the guest lead role in one episode.

Any suggestions should be mailed to us at THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED with a head shot, a brief personal description and information about any relevant skills/previous experience.


War Horse gets its Albert

Rumours that Eddie Redmayne had been cast in Steven Spielberg's up-coming adaptation of Michael Morpugo's children's novel and successful National Theatre play, War Horse, have proved to be unfounded.

Taking the role of Albert is young British newcomer Jeremy Irvine (represented by Hatton McEwan). After leaving school at 18, Jeremy completed a foundation course at LAMDA and then decided against three years of Drama School, opting to approach agencies directly, and went on to land the role of Luke in Disney's Life Bites.

Another newcomer, London teenager Celine Buckens takes the role of young French girl Emilie.

And experienced 15 year old German actor, Leonard Carow has been cast as Michael.

War Horse starts shooting in the UK in August, the first time Spielberg has shot here since Saving Private Ryan. This gives Spielberg exactly a year to get the movie ready for its August 10, 2011 US release. No word yet on a UK date.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader trailer

First look at the next Narnia film, trailer courtesy of Brazilian fansite MundoNarnia.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader stars young British actors Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley and Will Poulter.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Never Let Me Go trailer

Watch the trailer for director Mark Romanek's adaptation of Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro's hauntingly poignant and emotional story, screenplay by Alex Garland. Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school where young Kathy is played by Izzy Meikel-Small, young Tommy by Charlie Rowe and young Ruth by Ella Purnell. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

Douglas Booth joins Miley Cyrus in LOL

17 year old British actor Douglas Booth is set to star opposite Miley Cyrus in her new film LOL. LOL is the Lisa Azuelos-directed remake of the 2009 French film Laughing Out Loud, which starred Sophie Marceau and Christa Theret.

LOL will be Douglas' American feature film debut. He recently starred as Boy George in the BBC2 drama Worried About the Boy and will next be seen in another BBC production about Christopher Isherwood, Christopher and His Kind.
Douglas has also modelled for Burberry alongside Emma Watson

He will also appear in "The Pillars of the Earth", the new $50 million Ken Follett TV saga about the building of a medieval cathedral. Produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, it stars Donald Sutherland, Rufus Sewell, Hayley Atwell, with Sam Claflin, Skye Lourie amongst many other well-known names. Douglas Booth plays the reluctant crown prince, Eustace. 'He's a bit rubbish, a bit of a wuss, but it's a good character. He's quite tragic really.'

Douglas (represented by Curtis Brown) has also already made his big screen debut in "From Time to Time", a ghost story that jumps between 1944 and 1809, written and directed by oscar winning Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) and starring Maggie Smith and Dominic West. Douglas played Sefton, a young boy in the 1809 subplot who befriends the lead character (played by Alex Etel) on his time travels.

His mother is half Spanish and half Dutch, his father English, he was born in London and grew up in Greenwich and Black Heath before moving down to Sevenoaks in Kent. At 15 he began his modelling career which culminated in being selected as a Burberry boy, the Burberry creative director says of Douglas, "he is an exceptionally talented young guy who we feel is going to be a huge star. He has a really modern British look and style... he's also down-to-earth and a pleasure to be around." Douglas left school to concentrate on his acting career, and his role in LOL seems set to bring him worldwide stardom.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

StreetDance 3D to get sequel

Vertigo Films have confirmed that there will be a follow-up to the StreetDance 3D dance movie, which stars Nichola Burley and Britain's Got Talent acts George Sampson, Diversity and Flawless, although Vertigo hasn't said whether any of them will be back for StreetDance 2.

The film has proven to be a box office hit in the UK, taking in almost £9 million after three weeks on release and even outpacing blockbuster Prince Of Persia.

In addition, a StreetDance Live stage show is rumoured to be in development to open at London's Royal Festival Hall in December.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Holliday Grainger's star continues to rise

21 year old Holliday Grainger's meteoric rise to stardom continues with the news she has been cast as Lucrezia Borgia in an epic television drama about the ruthless family who ruled Renaissance Italy.

She will play opposite Jeremy Irons and Derek Jacobi in Showtime's ten-part series The Borgias, which starts shooting in Budapest in July.

According to Baz Bamigboye's article, executives for the U.S. cable channel Showtime met with other actresses in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris and Rome and screen-tested scores of young women  -  some of them big-name stars  -  before they decided Holliday was their 'chosen one'.

Lucrezia is a star-making part. She was supposedly the most vilified woman in history. One Italian historian called her 'the greatest whore there ever was' and a femme fatale of the highest order. Others assert she was unfairly pilloried, perhaps for the sins of her father and brothers.

Holliday has just been shooting Any Human Heart for Channel 4 with fellow rising star Sam Claflin (about to start filming on Pirates of the Caribbean 4) and recently completed shooting on films Jane Eyre and Bel Ami (with Robert Pattinson). After working steadily as a child actress on TV, she made her film debut in last year's successful indie films  The Scouting Book For Boys and Awaydays and it's become clear she is now on her way to major Hollywood stardom.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

War Horse

Casting for Stephen Spielberg's film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's acclaimed children's novel "War Horse" has been underway since May.

Latest rumours via The Playlist suggest the lead role of Albert will be taken by rising British star Eddie Redmayne, (represented in the UK by United Agents). The 28 year old made his film debut in Savage Grace, was also seen in Glorious 39, and will soon be seen in "Pillars of the Earth", a star-studded adaptation of Ken Follett's novel which has just be bought up by Channel 4.

DreamWorks Studios, which is releasing the film has denied the rumours whilst confirming that Spielberg is in fact casting the movie right now but has yet to settle on anyone.

The book has already been made into a successful National Theatre stage play, with the role of Albert played by Kit Harington, himself about to start filming on HBO's Game of Thrones in July.

The script for the film, sourced from both the play and the book, has been written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot).

Filming on War Horse is scheduled to start in August with an anticipated release date of August 2011.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Aml Ameen Casting for Feature Film

Open Casting for REPLACEMENT, an Aml Ameen film.

Aml Ameen, Hollywood’s latest UK rising star takes a break from his new US TV show Harry’s Law (NBC) to shoot his first full-feature film in the UK

AmeenDream Entertainment is auditioning for the main cast for the film and all roles are paid. Shooting will begin in mid to late August and will be shot in London. Below is a breakdown of the younger characters they are looking for and a little info on the film.

Auditions will be held on Saturday 12th June 13:00- 17:00 in Camden, London.

On the last day of Jason's life he's forced to find a suitor for his unique job. They've got his mother, hurt his brother and threatening to assassinate his wife and kids. The race is on to find his replacement.


Charlie Computer Guy: Late teens any ethnicity. Doesn’t belong in this world, is a genius computer hacker that Jason sometimes uses (Fun role).

Sarah: Attractive female of any ethnicity with the playing age of 16-30. Sarah is Jason's safe house for his money.

Alex: Good looking street lad 16 -19, an angel one moment, a brutal thug the next. Haa a funny altercation with Jason in a McDonalds.

Ahmed: 18-30 Turkish ruffian. Very handy with a blade and not afraid to use it.

Hasad: 20-30 Turkish ruffian. Has a very dark look, not the kind of person you want to bump into in a dark alley.

Please send CV & headshots to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Fades

Filming has just wrapped on THE FADES, a 60-minute pilot written by Skins scribe Jack Thorne for BBC3, set in a world where the vengeful dead walk on Earth. Olly Alexander stars as Paul, the geek who has to save the world from a certain Armageddon...

A number of our hottest up-and-coming young actors are in the show alongside Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey) , Andy Buchan and Daniela Nardini including:

Skins star Lily Loveless (represented by United Agents)
Will Poulter (now represented by Hamilton Hodell), recently returned from filming the role of Eustace in Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
and Olly Alexander (Summerhill, and soon to be seen alongside Jack Black in Gulliver's Travels) stars as Paul, the geek.

Also look out for 18 year old newcomer Simon Hall Jr. (represented by AbacusABA)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stage musical

Plans are afoot for a new stage production of Roald Dahl's classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The book has already been made into a musical film twice, the last being Tim Burton's film in 2005 which starred British child actors Freddie Highmore and Julia Winter, who have had very contrasting careers since. The new musical production will be directed by Sam Mendes with an aim to premiere in London's West End  in late 2011 before moving to Broadway. This stage version will incorporate new songs and an elaborate stage design for the Chocolate Factory.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

First look at This Is England 86

Filming is shortly to wrap on This Is England '86, the highly-anticipated Shane Meadows's four-part TV sequel to his 2007 film This Is England.

The project, co-written with Jack Thorne (Skins and The Scouting Book for Boys), picks up the characters from that film three years later, to the background of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

The film starred young actor Thomas Turgoose as Shaun, and he and most of the main cast have returned for the TV sequel which the Producer says is "less a rites of passage of one character -- it's an ensemble piece."

Meadows is directing two of the episodes, with Tom Harper (Misfits and The Scouting Book For Boys) directing the other two.

The series is due to air on Channel 4 in the autumn and it is even rumoured that there may be a further series set in 1990.