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Old 08-13-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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you're handed a script with a lead role with a hot 'rebel without a cause' style High School kid.

Who do you cast? Is there a male 18-25 that can open a medium budget thriller?

And how about the love interest?

I'm guessing there's some Twilight or Hunger Gamer? But don't know those worlds/actors very well.

(subtext -- I'm worried I may have written a script that is very difficult to cast)
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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you're handed a script with a lead role with a hot 'rebel without a cause' style High School kid.

Who do you cast? Is there a male 18-25 that can open a medium budget thriller?

And how about the love interest?

I'm guessing there's some Twilight or Hunger Gamer? But don't know those worlds/actors very well.

(subtext -- I'm worried I may have written a script that is very difficult to cast)
If I'm a producer? I delegate. I hire a great casting director and let them do their job. Find great choices for the roles. As a writer, you can't worry about it. Write the best script you can. If it's a GREAT script, actors will line up to do it.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:41 PM   #3
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If I'm a producer? I delegate. I hire a great casting director and let them do their job. Find great choices for the roles. As a writer, you can't worry about it. Write the best script you can. If it's a GREAT script, actors will line up to do it.
Truth be told...it's too late. Script is written. But what I'm trying to do is prepare myself for the question I am often asked -- 'who do you see starring in it?'

Johnny Depp in 1989 probably isn't a good answer!
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:43 PM   #4
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WriterMan: As stated before me, you'd hire a professional casting director. Producers do not cast. They collaborate. But a smart producer or director will listen to their casting director. Watch the free documentary currently on HBO about the two legendary masters, Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster. You'll be amazed... and learn a lot.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:01 PM   #5
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WriterMan: As stated before me, you'd hire a professional casting director. Producers do not cast. They collaborate. But a smart producer or director will listen to their casting director. Watch the free documentary currently on HBO about the two legendary masters, Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster. You'll be amazed... and learn a lot.

Sorry, I might have been too cute with my question. I wasn't asking 'how do movies get cast'...I was asking -- who are the hottest 18-25 year old males? Are there any that can play a high schooler that can open a movie?

I guess Taylor Lautner did it for Abduction. Who else is out there?
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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Look, this is a question that people ask writers all the time. So while the CD will do the job once she comes on, I think you're right to have an answer in hand. The CD will probably be the first one to ask it. But without reading the script, it's hard to say who's right for the part. My first thought would be someone like Liam Hemsworth. But I'm not sure there's someone in that age range who can open a movie right now. HOWEVER, that could change in six months.

You should take a look at the upcoming movies geared at the under 25 female audience and see who those leads are, because, IMO, they will be driving that market and when they get behind a guy, he's golden. I would also look at television, a good breakout ground for young actors (Aaron Paul's too old, but someone like that (and you can say stuff like that) and any one who's gotten a lot of buzz in the indie circuit lately. The trick is finding someone who appeals to both young men and young women. And you should have some knowledge of their work. Like, you may have to watch Twilight or films of that ilk, along with the other stuff (preferably in the company of the intended audience so you can try to figure out what it is they like.)

The odds of you actually getting the actor you mention in this round are very slim. They just want a peg to hang their hat on. (And I would also mention a veteran actor for the older, but supporting part that is no doubt in there, so when they say so-and-so can't open a picture, you can say yes, but Aging Superstar is there, so so-and-so won't be carrying the weight all by himself.) They really only expect you to have a thoughtful conversation about it. But you should do a little research and come prepared. Have a least one obvious choice and one not-so-obvious.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:00 PM   #7
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Liam Hemsworth, Robert Pattinson.

A good way to find a list of names is to look on IMDB and filter by Starmeter.
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Miles Teller.
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Max Irons, Matt Lanter, Jake Abel.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:52 PM   #10
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Look, this is a question that people ask writers all the time.
When I get asked that, I say... "It's not my job to cast. I don't write characters with actors in mind. I try to write a great story and hope that the best actors will be drawn to it."
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