Open auditions were held back in May to find the boy to play the lead role in the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed adaptation of Patrick Ness's award-winning children’s fantasy novel 'A Monster Calls',
Newcomer Lewis MacDougall (now represented by United Agents) has been cast in the role of Conor O’Malley, a 13 year old young boy who attempts to deal with bullying at the hands of his classmates and his mother’s terminal illness by escaping into a fantastical world through the guidance of a tree monster, who visits him nightly.
This is the second time talented Lewis,who attends acting classes at The Drama Studio in Edinburgh, has landed a role in a feature film. He will also be seen as Lost Boy Nibs in the up-coming Warner Brothers film Pan.
Lewis will star alongside Felicity Jones who plays his mother, Liam Neeson as the monster, and Sigourney Weaver as his “no-nonsense” grandmother, while Toby Kebell plays his estranged father from America.
A Monster Calls started shooting on September 5th. Filming is expected to last for about five months, with post-production and special effects expected to take about a year, and a release in 2016.