Friday, June 3, 2011

Children's casting for major feature film

A major feature film is currently looking for a family of children to feature alongside Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson.

The casting directors of director Joe Wright's next film Anna Karenina are looking for brothers and sisters (or cousins) to play the five children of the Oblonskys, who are to be played by Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald. The children range in age from two to eight and the group must include a girl of around eight to play Tanya, the Oblonskys’ eldest daughter.

‘We want to capture that messy charm that comes with big families,’ Dixie Chassay, one of the casting team, explained to the Daily Mail.

‘Dolly (Kelly Macdonald) is always pregnant. It’s always about family, and we want to capture that with brothers and sisters and cousins who play and are noisy and who laugh together.

They are also looking for a boy aged between seven and ten to play Seryozha, the son of Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) and her husband (Jude Law).

Ideally, for all of the children’s roles, the casting people want to meet European (particularly French and Russian) siblings or cousins, although all must be able to speak English, or children from large English families (with RP accents).

The film will also star Aaron Johnson as Anna’s lover Vronsky and is set to shoot in Britain and Russia from September.

Please contact Dixie Chassay’s assistant, Isabella Odoffin, at with any questions or ideas relating to the casting of children.


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  2. It's Joe Wright and Keira Knightley who are always working together rather than Saoirse - she's working with lots of other directors at the moment. Think 'Lovely Bones', 'The Host','City of Ember'...