Thursday, November 5, 2009

Attack the Block

Casting is underway for young actors to play south London teenagers in writer Joe Cornish's directorial debut comedy sci-fi film Attack the Block.

Attack the Block follows the story of a gang of south London teenagers who are forced to defend their tower block from alien invasion. It is described by Will Clarke, CEO of Optimum Releasing (the company backing the project), as one of the most “inventive and entertaining scripts” out there right now. The film’s official synopsis says a bit more:

An attractive young woman walks home through dark, dangerous streets in south London. She falls into an ambush. Five ghoulish, hooded youths surround her— they take her mobile, her purse, her engagement ring, but they want more. Just then, a fireball explodes out of the sky and destroys a nearby parked car.

From the wreckage emerges a vicious little alien that the youths hunt down, kill and triumphantly parade back to their block. But their adventure is not over. The night is still young and the attack on the block has only just begun…

Joe Cornish of comedy duo "Adam and Joe" fame, also co-wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Black Unicorn, which is currently in production.

Shooting on Attack The Block is due to start at the beginning of February 2010 for 10 weeks.

All applicants must be London Based. The following roles are currently casting:

ROLE: Streetwise black or mixed-race boys and girls with genuine London street accents.
They should be aged 16 or over but be young-looking – They must be able to play proper South London street kids on a London council estate. They must have plenty of attitude and witty banter. We are definitely not looking for middle-class kids.

ROLE: Caucasian boy – 10 years old. Street wise, full of energy.

ROLE: Black Male – 10 Years old.  Street wise, full of energy.


  1. I'm really excited for this! I don't know who the casting director is, but I hope they hold an open call :)

  2. Yes, sounds very interesting, will keep you posted!