Sunday, March 1, 2015

British newcomer takes lead in Billy Lynn

British newcomer Joe Alwyn has landed the lead role in Oscar-winning film-maker Ang Lee's new film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

24 year old Joe (represented by Independent Talent) is set to graduate from Central School of Speech and Drama this year, and this is his first screen role.

The film is based on the Ben Fountain novel, and Joe is set to play 19-year-old American private Billy Lynn who survives a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. The group of American soldiers, known as Bravo squad, are sent home for a two-week break following the much-publicised firefight in which they were hailed as heroes. Their promotional tour, culminates at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, all the while the soldiers are facing an imminent return to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the day of the game, with flashbacks to the underlying events and Billy’s heroism.

Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for writing Slumdog Millionaire, adapted the book for Film4 and The Ink Factory. It is Ang Lee’s first film since he won the Best Director Oscar for Life Of Pi.

Billy Lynn is due to start filming in April.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Jamillah and Aladdin casting news

Back in November a casting call went out on Screenterrier for a new CBBC project set to film in South Africa.

Filming is now underway for the next 3 months on location in South Africa on the CBeebies and CBBC co-commissioned series Jamillah & Aladdin

The series stars newcomer Blossom Campbell (represented by BAM Entertainment) as Jamillah, a 21st century London girl who stumbles upon a curious lamp in her attic, and is transported back to ancient Baghdad by the lamp’s resident comical genie (played by Leroy Osei-Bonsu), where she meets Aladdin.

Aladdin, a street-smart young boy who knows the city like the back of his hand is played by 12 year old Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (represented by Top Talent Agency).

Aladdin hates household chores (he has a lot of them) and, like Jamillah, dreams of having adventures. He has never met a girl like her before and is amazed, and occasionally horrified, by her actions. She is courageous and bold but he often has to use his charm and quick wit to extricate them both from difficult situations. And, of course they can call on Genie when things get really bad. Sadly, his magic skills are a little rusty so he tends to create as many problems as he tries to solve!

Their adventures lead them through winding back streets of Baghdad where they encounter snake charmers in shady courtyards, mysterious travellers in the bustling bazaar and even get to meet the princess in the sun-filled palace gardens. Lurking in shadowed alleyways are one or two baddies, but together with Genie they are a match for any trickster.

Jamillah and Aladdin is a co-production between Kindle Entertainment, Toonz Entertainment and Mediabiz. The 52 x 14 minutes series is produced by Emma Stuart, the lead director is Rebecca Rycroft and the head writer is Kathy Waugh.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Casting call for US TV Series

SCREAM QUEENS (US TV series)

20th Century Fox Television / FBC
Director: Ryan Murphy
Location: New Orleans

Character: TODD
Age: 18-21
Ethnicity: Seeking diversity.
Accent: American

Intelligent and bookish, clever and funny, definitely handsome American student. A real go-getter, he’s editor of the school newspaper and also works full-time at the campus coffee shop.

We are looking for someone with a sense of humor and natural ability for comedy.

SERIES REGULAR

Please email casting@rosewicksteed.com with 1 photo and any relevant experience by Wednesday 18th February.

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