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Does JJ Abrams want YOU in Super 8? Find out...

May. 28, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Last night Paramount Pictures issued a mysterious press release announcing a casting call on an upcoming movie. What was so mysterious about it? They aren't revealing what movie they're casting.

A little detective work though would seem to indicate that JJ Abrams is ready to begin casting SUPER 8 and is spreading a wide net to find his three leads. The studio is looking for two boys and one girl, all around 13-14 years old with a "Midwestern feel." Josh, Collin and Natalie: these would presumably be your protagonists for SUPER 8 (though it's highly likely the names would change).

As they say in the casting call, no previous acting experience is necessary as they're looking for natural kids with energy, humor and emotion. They seem to hint a number of times they're not looking for the usual child actors ("we are looking for real kids with real emotion").

So if you fit that bill or know someone who does, how do you apply? Just head to this casting page, which includes all the details on how to submit your tape plus sides for each character they're casting (and no, the sides don't really give us much information on the film, though they do fit the description of what Abrams is doing).

Extra Tidbit: Maybe Chris Klein wants to read for one of the parts?
Source: JoBlo.com

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4:54AM on 05/29/2010

INTERESTING

I'm 13. I think i'm going to try out.
I'm 13. I think i'm going to try out.
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12:05AM on 05/29/2010

damnit

i wish i was still 13
i wish i was still 13
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8:10PM on 05/28/2010

Ethnic types?

Sure, sweeney1979, it's movie that takes place in the Midwest in the early 1970s. And, having grown up there at that time, I can attest to a strange lack of Hispanics, Asians, Polys, Hindus, Muslims, etc. I don't THINK that at any point they said "no black kids", and I know for a fact that there WERE black kids in the Midwest in the early 1970s, so YES YOU CAN HAVE AN ETHNIC TYPE. You're just limited historically and geographically.

Jeez, way to read something totally self-serving and
Sure, sweeney1979, it's movie that takes place in the Midwest in the early 1970s. And, having grown up there at that time, I can attest to a strange lack of Hispanics, Asians, Polys, Hindus, Muslims, etc. I don't THINK that at any point they said "no black kids", and I know for a fact that there WERE black kids in the Midwest in the early 1970s, so YES YOU CAN HAVE AN ETHNIC TYPE. You're just limited historically and geographically.

Jeez, way to read something totally self-serving and irritating into something totally unconnected. Maybe they'll make you happy and cast a Canadian, eh?
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4:32PM on 05/28/2010
How many 13-14 year olds actually read sites like these?
How many 13-14 year olds actually read sites like these?
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11:46AM on 05/28/2010
this sounds like theyre gonna take some kids, and scare the crap out of them w/o them knowing, film it like a hidden camera show, and make their movie.
this sounds like theyre gonna take some kids, and scare the crap out of them w/o them knowing, film it like a hidden camera show, and make their movie.
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10:49AM on 05/28/2010

Midwestern Feel...

Sooo...no ehtnic kids I presume?
Sooo...no ehtnic kids I presume?
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10:47AM on 05/28/2010

Midwestern Feel...

Sooo...no ehtnic kids I presume?
Sooo...no ehtnic kids I presume?
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9:53AM on 05/28/2010
Casting kids can be the worst. Many "child actors" feel like they've been groomed for a Sear catalog, but most of the non-actors can just fall flat on screen.

If this is for 8mm I'll have some faith though, because Spielberg has a knack for picking good kids.
Casting kids can be the worst. Many "child actors" feel like they've been groomed for a Sear catalog, but most of the non-actors can just fall flat on screen.

If this is for 8mm I'll have some faith though, because Spielberg has a knack for picking good kids.
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9:38AM on 05/28/2010

Sweet

I dig it. I'm with the DUDE though. I wish I was 10 years younger and had this opportunity.
I dig it. I'm with the DUDE though. I wish I was 10 years younger and had this opportunity.
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9:05AM on 05/28/2010
Very cool news. Although I'm annoyed they didn't have opportunities like this in the 90s for regular kids when I was that age.
Very cool news. Although I'm annoyed they didn't have opportunities like this in the 90s for regular kids when I was that age.
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