Peter Pan Film In Hunt For Boy With Pixie Dust
Boys with aspirations for a Hollywood career are being asked to audition for the role of Peter Pan for a new blockbuster starring Hugh Jackman.
British film-maker Joe Wright, who is best known for Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, is directing the Warner Brothers film, called Pan.
Boys aged between 11 and 13 have been invited to open auditions later this month for the role of the flying boy who never grows up.
Jackman has been cast as the pirate Blackbeard in the film, which is due out in July next year. The rest of the cast has not been revealed yet.
The character of Peter Pan, who lives in Neverland with Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys, was created by Scottish novelist and playwright JM Barrie.
The tale was made into a Disney animation in 1953 and was also told again in Peter Pan, a live action adventure, in 2003.
Robin Williams played a grown-up version of Peter in the 1991 film Hook, while the 2004 film Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, tells the true story of JM Barrie's friendship with the family who inspired him to write the story.
The auditions will take place in Wembley Arena from 9am on Sunday February 23, with production beginning in London in April.
Film bosses said: "The role of Peter is described as a courageous and adventurous orphaned boy living in a world of fantasy and dreams, which sometimes leads him into trouble."
Open auditions were recently held for two lead roles in the new Star Wars films and the Harry Potter blockbusters used the same process to fill a number of roles.
Full details can be found on www.panmoviecasting.com.
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