HANGOVER Director Todd Phillips Casts Newcomers in PROJECT X Including YouTuber Dax Flame

     July 1, 2010


True to his word, The Hangover director Todd Phillips stuck to a mostly unknown cast for the enigmatic college comedy he’s producing, Project X.  Pre-production has been shrouded in secrecy: we know that helming duties will be handled by commercial/music video director Nima Nourizadeh (making his feature debut), from a script by Matt Drake and Michael Bacall.  But neither an official title nor a comprehensive logline have seen the light of day.

The casting process was fairly unique: in addition to the usual in-person sessions, young actors were able to submit their own agent-free audition online.  In the end, Phillips and Co. landed on Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor, and Alexis Knapp.  More after the jump:

todd_phillips_02Variety does provide a vague outline for the story, which “revolves around a group of kids documenting a house party that suddenly goes awry. Like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield, the viewpoint would be from the person videotaping the entire night.”

When Phillips spoke to Steve back in April, he contradicted the rumors of such stylistic flourishes as 3D and voiceover.  It sounds like they’re stripping down the college comedy to its bare essentials, and attempting to tap into the realistic with a fresh cast.

Of course, I know very little about anyone on the playbill.  Kirby Bliss Blanton has a short resume (look, Zoey 101!) to go along with her fantastic name, and Miles Teller will play Willard in the Footloose remake.  But the name that stands out to me is Dax Flame.  Assuming there’s only one (safe, right?), Flame is a minor celebrity on Youtube.  His work is definitely a fascinating work of performance art… assuming it is performance art (less safe).  He’s kind of like an Andy Kauffman for the internet age… with Asperger’s.  Here’s one of his latest videos for reference:

Throw that up on screen, Mr. Nourizadeh, and I think you’ve sold me a ticket.

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