UK child auditions for lead role in film
Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones will be starring in “A Monster Calls“, a film about a boy and his very ill single mother.
Open auditions are being held for the child lead role of Conor, the boy who sees the monsters while coping with dire circumstances in his own life. “A Monster Calls” is based on the book by Patrick Ness that is illustrated b Jim Kay. The book is inspired by Siobhan Dowd, who had the idea but was not able to write it because she died of cancer before she could.
The monster comes in just a bit after midnight, but Conor just isn’t too afraid of the monster. Conner has much greater things to worry about. He’s gets nightmares when he sleeps but none compare to the nightmare of losing his mother. His mother is dying of Cancer, he is bullied at school and his father may have found himself a new family. The monster will tell Conor 3 stories but it is up to Conor to finish the storytelling with a 4th story, the truth. The monster that visits Conor is not what he had expected, this is an ancient monster… a world one and this monster wants something from Conor that is difficult for Conor to give up…. the truth.
The film is casting for the child lead role of Conner, a boy between the ages of 10 and 13. This is only open to UK residents that live close to the audition areas only.
Auditions begin in a few hours… TODAY, in Manchester and will also be held in Bristol and London later this week.
No acting experience in necessary and boys auditioning must be at least 10 years of age. Please see the below casting flyer for the address and more information.
The film is still in pre-production and casting stages but there is a trailer available for the book, check it out!
Book illustrations by Jim Kay
About the story:
At seven minutes past midnight the monster will come… The monster wants something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.
Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
The new film will be shot in the UK and distributed by Lionsgate International. It will be released in theaters sometime in 2016.