Thursday, May 7, 2009

Casting news

Look out for some exciting, fast-rising teen actors in the new film version of the National Theatre's "Chatroom".

A suicidal teen logs on to a web chatroom and the initial, innocent chatter about Harry Potter and potty pop stars gives way to the story's narrator, Jim, being lured into a nasty, spiteful power game controlled by other adolescents he can't see.

The film starts shooting soon and the film's producers, Ruby Films and Film 4, came up with a clever way of getting away from the usual, dull teen movie fare by hiring Hideo Nakata, director of the Japanese Ring horror pictures, to make Chatroom.

The actors who have been signed up include Aaron Johnson, who is currently working with Sam Taylor Wood on Nowhere Boy; and Matthew Beard, the clever, understated actor who was in When Did You Last See Your Father? and more recently with Carey Mulligan in An Education.

Hannah Murray (Troika) also moves from the small screen, where she played the delicate Cassie in Skins, to a larger playground in Chatroom. Likewise for fellow Skins alumni Daniel Kaluuya.

Imogen Poots, who was in 28 Days Later and the forthcoming Me And Orson Welles (it features Zac Efron and Christian McKay as Welles) will also be in the film, which will officially be announced at the Cannes Film Festival in two weeks.

The National Theatre's production of Chatroom featured some now-established stars of its own. In the picture, you can spot the new Dr Who Matt Smith, award-winning Andrea Riseborough, and Andrew Garfield star of Boy A and new feature "Never Let Me Go".

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