Friday, April 29, 2011

Dani's House new series wraps filming in Edinburgh

Filming has wrapped today in Edinburgh on the latest series of CBBC sitcom Dani's House.

The main cast returning  for series four include star  Dani Harmer, along with Darragh Mortell, Harry Culverhouse, Klariza Clayton and James Gandhi.

Two new faces join the series as per the casting call advertised on Screenterrier back in December.

10 year old Scottish actress Millie Innes, who made her TV debut last year alongside David Tennant in the BBC 1 drama series Single Father, plays feisty, mischievous Maisy.

And another newcomer Steff White (represented by Emma Engers Associates) a graduate of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, also originally from Scotland, joins the cast as Maisy's super-fit sister Ruby.


Dani Harmer will be making her final appearance as Tracy Beaker in the third series of Tracy Beaker Returns which starts shooting in Newcastle this summer.

The fifth and final series of Dani's House will be filmed later this year.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II trailer

The first trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II will be released in cinemas on 15th July 2011, with a red carpet premiere at Trafalgar Square on July 7th.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Male guitarist/actor for new TV series

Applications are invited for the following role, currently casting for a new online TV series:



TYLER - Male; Playing age 16 (to begin filming next year) - CFN basic pay scale + deferred shares; UK APPLICATIONS ONLY!

Guitar Level - Must be able to play the guitar to a high standard, applicants will be expected to demonstrate their ability to perform at the audition. 

Acting Level - Some previous experience in either theatre or television would be desirable but not essential; the producer is willing to consider individuals with no previous on screen experience but all applicants must be able to work well under direction. Depending on the number of boys short listed, we may use workshop based auditions during the school holidays this summer. 

Singing Level - Must be able to demonstrate the ability to sing at audition. 

Looks - Looks are uncategorised. We will be selecting Tyler not by how good looking the actor is but how his look blends on screen with the other main character. 

How to apply - You can apply directly by emailing the producer: xandaried@live.co.uk - please send a basic description of abilities; a recent picture (this does not have to be a professional head shot but should be clear and free from head wear, incl. sun glasses) and parent contact information (phone number/email). PLEASE be patient; the producer is currently filming outside the UK and the team are very busy with upcoming projects, we will respond to everyone. 


Please send any comments or questions to: darrenlockwood@hotmail.co.uk

 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Horrid Henry - The Movie Meet the Characters

Horrid Henry - The Movie now has an official release date of the 29th July 2011.

The first ever British kids' movie to be filmed in 3D, the film stars 13 year old Theo Stevenson in the title role.

Meet Henry, Lord High Majesty of the Purple Hand Gang to his friends and Horrid Henry to most everyone else. He’s forever waging a battle against the tyranny of adults, only this time it seems as though the adults really are out to get him!


When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework for the umpteenth time, he has no idea that this will set off a chain of events which will see him forming an unlikely alliance with Moody Margaret, the infuriating girl next door, and his irritating little brother Perfect Peter, outwitting corrupt School Inspectors and toppling an evil Headmaster, winning a talent contest and facing his ultimate nemesis with no way out – all because he is trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate!


Featuring all the well-known and well-loved characters from the books and television series in a brand new live action 3D feature, HORRID HENRY: THE MOVIE will thrill and surprise as well as offering an entirely new insight into the value of eating vegetables and doing your homework!






With Anjelica Huston as Henry’s terrifying teacher Miss Battle-Axe,

Richard E Grant as a rival headmaster Vic Van Wrinkle

Noel Fielding makes an appearance as Killer Boy Rats’ frontman Ed Banger,


and Jo Brand as the Demon Dinner Lady


Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud appears as Prissy Polly.



And introducing 12 year old Scarlett Stitt as Moody Margaret,



and 11 year old Ross Marron as Perfect Peter.

Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps returns for 9th series

There are new faces in Runcorn as Susan Nickson's popular sitcom returns to BBC Three for a ninth series this spring.

18 year old Georgia Henshaw (who starred in Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging and played JJ's girlfriend in Skins) plays Cassie, a feisty young girl who has just been released from a juvenile detention centre,  she's also Tim's sister, and although he'd rather like it if she left The Archer, her old school crush, Billy, is a regular, so there's no way she's going anywhere. Georgia (represented by Mark Jermin Management) will also be seen this year in two low-budget feature films -  In the Dark Half and Seamonsters.

24 year old Freddie Hogan (represented by Mondi Associates) joins the cast as Billy. Wannabe footballer and metrosexual Billy works as a carer for Gaz, who has been left paralysed following his accident at the end of the last series.

Gaz is played by Will Mellor, Donna by Natalie Casey and Tim by Luke Gell

Two Pints of Lager returns on Tuesday 26th April at 10.30-11.00pm on BBC 3.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Young Dracula returns - it's official!

Screenterrier reported back in March that the popular CBBC series Young Dracula would be returning for a third series, with Clare Thomas to return as Ingrid, and Gerran Howell as Vlad. Craig Roberts though will not be returning as Robin.

The BBC have now confirmed it officially:

By popular demand Young Dracula is swooping back to CBBC. We pick up the story four years on and Vlad and the Count have fled from Stokely. Pursued by slayers and radical vampires alike, The Count and Vlad keep a low profile and "hide in plain sight" by buying a school. The Count is determined that Vlad fulfils his destiny to lead the vampire race, but this is threatened by The Count's own tendency to create mayhem and disaster on a daily basis and by the re-emergence of the anarchic Ingrid, who brings a trail of destruction in her wake.

An irreverent, gothic comedy, Young Dracula shines a mischievous light on family relationships and what it is to be a teenager trying to make his way in the world. The third 13x30 minute series will be filmed around Liverpool and promises some exciting new characters as well as the return of familiar favourites. The series is produced by Lis Steele and executive produced by Josephine Ward.

Sadie J Series 2 casting



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CBBC sitcom series Sadie J has been commissioned for a second series.

Georgia Lock will return in the lead role of the feisty 13 year old making her way in a male-dominated world.

There are some new characters coming in to the show and casting director Kerrie Mailey is currently looking for suggestions for the following:

Taylor, male, aged 14
(Especially looking for ethnic suggestions for this role)
Meet Taylor Bell - a drop dead gorgeous surfer dude. Taylor’s got the looks of
Justin Bieber and the clumsiness of a young Frank Spencer.


Ashlii, female, aged 14
(Again especially looking for ethnic suggestions)
Essex born Ashlii is part fairy princess, part pit-bull. When Ashlii grows up she’s going to be Amy Childs (from The Only Way is Essex). Stylish, switched on, gorgeous and a supreme social networker (her smart phone is NEVER off).


Please email kerriemailey81@googlemail.com only if you are right for these two roles currently casting.

The 13x30 minute series will be filmed in the BBC studios at Elstree .

The Hunger Games finds its Prim

Newcomer 12 year old Willow Shields lands the role of Primrose Everdeen, the younger sister of lead role Katniss (to be played by Jennifer Lawrence) in The Hunger Games.

In the Suzanne Collins novel, it is actually Primrose a.k.a. Prim who gets selected to go to The Hunger Games, before her older sister Katniss ensures she takes her place.

Production is due to start in May, with a March 23rd 2012 release date already set.

Willow Shields, from New Mexico, only has three acting credits to her name, including a short film, a guest starring role on TV's In Plain Sight , and a role in the TV movie Beyond the Blackboard, which is about to air in the US.

Said director Gary Ross of the casting decision, "Its so exciting to find an amazing young actress like the one we just met. Prim is an emotionally demanding role and in many ways she is the cornerstone of the story. Willow Shields will make an amazing Prim and we're very lucky to have her."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Twenty8K

Shooting is underway in the East End of London on new British thriller Twenty8K, written by multi-award-winning Paul Abbott (Shameless, State of Play) and Jimmy Dowdall, and produced by Formosa Films.

The film stars Bend It Like Beckham and ER star Parminda Nagra as Deeva who returns home following the shocking news that her younger brother, played by newcomer Sebastian Nanena (right),
has been involved in a gangland shooting, and Robin Hood star Jonas Armstrong as youth worker Clint.

The film also includes a host of young British stars including Michael Socha, recently seen in Being Human, as gang leader Tony, Nichola Burley who recently filmed Wuthering Heights, as his girl-friend Andrea, and Skins star Kaya Scodelario, who will also be seen later this year in her first lead role as Cathy in Wuthering Heights.

A teenage boy is gunned down outside a nightclub, then a young girl is involved in a hit and run outside a hotel. Fashion executive Deeva Jani, returns home to investigate her brother Vipon's involvement but soon discovers a much deeper conspiracy. With the aid of an enigmatic youth worker Clint O'Conner, Deeva is led into the dark underbelly of a corrupt town full of terrifying secrets. Facing exposure, powerful adversaries descend upon her and she is forced to risk everything in order to save her brother.

Check out the official Facebook page for the chance to be an extra this weekend: www.facebook.com/Twenty8K

Monday, April 18, 2011

More cast in The Hunger Games

12 year old Amandla Stenberg has been cast as Rue in the upcoming Lionbridge feature film The Hunger Games.

A relative newcomer, Amandla shot her first feature, Colombiana, an action-thriller starring Zoe Saldana whose character, Amandla plays as a child, in the summer of 2010. The film featured lots of daring stunts, some of which Amandla performed herself. On set to help Amandla hone her natural athletic abilities was David Belle, the French-born creator of Parkour. Skills which will have stood her in good stead for The Hunger Games role.

Also announced today as joining the cast is another newcomer Dayo Okeniyi, who will play fellow District 11 tribute, Thresh.

They join the already announced Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale.

Friday, April 15, 2011

A new face for a new term at Waterloo Road

A new term starts at Waterloo Road in the first week of May when the school drama returns for its 7th series.

25 year old Oliver Lee joins the cast as new boy Aiden Scotcher, the son of the new site manager, Rob Scotcher played by Robson Green. He catches the eye of Jess (Linzey Cocker) – but it's her friend Vicki (Rebecca Ryan) who's got his attention.

Oliver, from Manchester, was first known for his role as gay teenager Josh Jones in the television series Hollyoaks: In the City in 2006 and has since had roles in indie feature films Awaydays and Powder, as well as writing and directing his own feature McQueen.

He and his Waterloo Road co-star Linzey Cocker have a baby girl Bow, born in January this year.

Great Expectations

Screenterrier reported back in August 2009 on the plans for a new feature film adaptation of Great Expectations, written by Rowan Joffe, to be produced by Stephen Woolley for Number 9 Films and directed by Mike Newell.

Variety is reporting that the new young star of Steven Spielberg's War Horse, Jeremy Irvine is in talks to take on the lead role of Pip, an orphan who rises up through society to become a gentleman thanks to an unknown benefactor. Through most of his life, he’s also obsessed with the cruel and beautiful Estella, who he’s first introduced to via her guardian, Miss Havisham. Helena Bonham-Carter is being mooted for the role of Miss Havisham. The film is eyeing a September shoot.

Jeremy is now represented by Creative Artists Agency in the US, in addition to agents Hatton McEwan in the UK. He has also been reported to be attached to "Now Is Good", to star alongside Dakota Fanning in the film adaptation of Jenny Downham's debut novel "Before I Die".

Coincidentally, the BBC are also currently in pre-production on a "bold, new" TV adaptation of the favoured Dickens novel, with Sarah Phelps as the writer of a 3 x 60 adaptation for BBC Drama Productions. Casting is currently underway for a summer shoot, with the finished product due to hit our TV screens in time for Christmas 2011.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

First look at Seamonsters

Filmed last year in Worthing and London,  Seamonsters tells the tale of two best mates, Sam and Kieran; a bewitching traveller girl, Lori; Moony, waitress and dreamer. Wild young lives which are torn apart by a terrible tragedy.

Jack McMullen from Waterloo Road stars as Sam, and Reece Noi, recently seen in BBC legal drama Silk, as Kieran.

With Leila Mimmack, who starred as Christa in the Being Human spin-off Becoming Human, as Lori and Georgia Henshaw, who'll also be seen later this year in another independent feature In The Dark Half, as Moony.



Seamonsters is adapted from the Royal Court play "Outside Of Heaven" by Martin Sadofski, and directed by London Film School graduate Julian Kerridge, his first feature film after several award-winning shorts.

The film also stars Rita Tushingham, Maggie O'Neill and Andrew Knott.

Monday, April 4, 2011

More Hunger Games casting news

Lionsgate have officially announced that Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth will be joining Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games, director Garry Ross’s highly anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ international best-selling teen novels.

Josh Hutcherson, who recently starred in The Kids are Alright, has been cast in the role of Peeta Mellark, who accompanies heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) into the 74th annual Hunger Games as the male tribute chosen from their native District 12, the most remote and marginalized district of all the subjugated districts of Panem. At the outset of the Games, Peeta publicly confesses his longtime feelings for Katniss, setting up one of the most fascinating fictional rapports of all time with his supposed arena rival.

Liam Hemsworth, who starred opposite Miley Cyrus in The Last Song, is joining the film in the role of Gale Hawthorne. Though Katniss and Gale have never had a romantic relationship, they share a transcendent bond, often of few words. When Katniss volunteers to participate in the 74th Annual Hunger Games in her younger sister’s stead, they both presume that bond will carry her far through the horrors she will face in the arena, and they each silently hope they’ll be reunited in safety on the other side of the ordeal.

“The Hunger Games” chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual “Hunger Games,” a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home. The Hunger Games novel has been on the New York Times best seller list for over 100 consecutive weeks. Foreign rights for the book, published by Scholastic have been sold in 41 countries.

Lionsgate will release “The Hunger Games” on March 23, 2012.

Casting for lead role in feature film

VHJ Casting are working on an ‘Untitled Congo Project’ feature film shooting in May.

They need to cast a fantastic young male lead. Aged 16 – 18 , who still looks like they are younger than their age. Ideally looking to cast 16 to play 15. They can be from anywhere in the UK or Ireland and must be very good at improvisation as well as acting. No previous experience required.

Please get in touch via email to assistant@vhjcasting.com and you will be sent pages to put yourself on tape and send in like a video diary which is part of the style of the film.

Plan B to star in The Sweeney remake

Vertigo Films have announced that 2011 Brit Winner, Ben Drew (aka Plan B) has signed up to play George Carter in the upcoming movie The Sweeney, to be directed by Nick Love. Ben will star alongside Ray Winstone, who’ll play Jack Regan in the full-length feature film.

Based on the original ITV cult classic TV show, The Sweeney will be a modernized version of the London Flying Squad. In the original series Regan was played by John Thaw and Carter by Dennis Waterman.

Director and co writer Nick Love states, “I’m very excited about Ben playing Carter – he brings an intelligence and sensitivity that is crucial for The Sweeney.  Ben is also one of the most promising and multi-talented young performers around.  For me, Ray (Winstone) and Ben are the ultimate casting for a character driven action thriller set in London today.”

Ben Drew adds. “It’s a dream come true for me to be in a film with Ray Winstone who is one of my favourite British actors of all time and I’m really excited about working with Nick Love in what I feel will be a challenging role for me to play”. Last year Ben directed his own feature film Ill Manors.

Ray states, “I cant wait to work with Nick Love on The Sweeney, it was an inspired casting to have Ben Drew as George Carter, I’m a huge fan of his. “

Sunday, April 3, 2011

First look at The Hideaways

The Irish-French co-production The Hideaways (previously known as The Last Furlong) directed by Agnes Merlet, will have its world premiere at The Tribeca Film Festival in New York, which takes place from April 20th to May 1st.


The supernatural film stars Harry Treadaway as James Furlong and Rachel Hurd-Wood as Mae, with Thomas Sangster as Liam.

Official Synopsis:
James Furlong is the last in a long line of Furlongs, each blessed or cursed with a supernatural power. He longs to discover his own, but his experiments lead only to death in his family. By the time he’s 10, James is the last Furlong.
Sent to a reformatory, he is bullied mercilessly. When a mysterious illness devastates his tormentors, James understands the terrible nature of his powers and flees.
Years pass. On the run from hospital, Mae (19) comes across James in his cottage deep in the woods. He’s terrified of harming her, but Mae isn’t afraid of this gentle, innocent stranger.
A passionate romance leads James on a journey back to civilization, and a final confrontation with Liam, sole survivor of the reformatory tragedy.

Young star of Pirates of the Caribbean 4

First look at 15 year old British actor Robbie Kay as the Cabin Boy in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise.

The film opens in the UK 20th May 2011.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Outnumbered back for fourth series

Outnumbered, the multi-award-winning comedy series from Hat Trick Productions is back in production for BBC One with a new six-part series and a Christmas special.

Two parents and their three children are locked in an unequal battle. Using elements of improvisation, Outnumbered sees the world as much from the children's as the adults' point of view.
In the new series, the family is confronted by an array of issues ranging from death, drugs, terrorism and getting old, to food science, Top Gear, and the joy of ventriloquism.

All three of the young stars have been busy since the last series:

Tyger Drew-Honey recently filmed a role in Horry Henry:The Movie.

Daniel Roche starred in the acclaimed BBC adaptation of Just William, as well as playing the young Stephen Fry in Sky's Little Crackers.

And Ramona Marquez was most recently seen as the young Princess Margaret in Oscar-winning The King's Speech.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Dark Shadows rounds out its young cast

14 year old Chloe Moretz is joining the burgeoning cast of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows,  a gothic horror tale about the vampire Barnabas Collins.

The cast now includes Johnny Depp in the lead role, with Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earl Haley, Helena Bonham Carter and Bella Heathcote among those already on the project. Deadline reports that Moretz is in talks to play Carolyn, the daughter of Pfeiffer's troubled, reclusive Collins family matriarch Elizabeth Collins.

Thomas McDonell (star of Disney's Prom) was recently announced as the younger version of Depp’s character, and a young Australian child actor Gulliver McGrath, who had a small role in Hugo Cabret alongside Chloe Moretz, will play David Collins. Gulliver (represented by ARG in the UK) made it to the finals for the lead in Martin Scorsese's Hugo Cabret, but the role went to Asa Butterfield.

And a young British actor, 10 year old Vincent Curson-Smith (from the very successful Young Actors Theatre in Islington) will play the youngest version of Johnny Depp's character, Barnabas.

The film is based on a British 60s TV series of the same name and is due to start shooting in May.