In a perfect storm of movie casting for ambitious young acting talent, some major movies that could make (or break) the next rising star are all in a simultaneous casting process. Here’s a look at the latest developments:
- Michael Bay is set to start screen testing actors for leads in Transformers 4, which centers on Mark Wahlberg’s character, his daughter and her boyfriend, a race car driver.
- Divergent, which carries heavy Hunger Games or Twilight-sized franchise hopes, is narrowing its scope for the male lead opposite Shailene Woodley.
- DreamWorks’ Need for Speed adaptation is looking for other racers to fill in the cast alongside leads Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots and possibly Dominic Cooper.
Hit the jump for much more on each picture.
Heat Vision reported on the slew of lucrative roles now available for young, talented actors. Let’s start off with Transformers 4, which already has quite a line-up of possibles. Director Michael Bay is expected to begin screen tests this week for the roles of the daughter and boyfriend. Isabelle Cornish (Abbie Cornish’s younger sister, Home and Away, Puberty Blues) and Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) are both up for the former role. [Update: Gabriella Wilde (Three Musketeers), Margaret Qualley (Andie MacDowell's daughter) are also under consideration.]
The role of race car driving boyfriend may go to Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova), Aussie Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening), newcomer Jack Reynor or Weeds actor Hunter Parrish. Whoever lands the part, they’re in it for the long haul because Paramount is reportedly signing the actors to strict three-picture deals. The shoot is expected to take place between April and November.
In related casting news, Neil Burger’s Divergent, adapted from the Veronica Roth novel, is also eying Reynor and Thwaites to star opposite Woodley’s character. The male lead trains and falls for the heroine in what Lionsgate is hoping becomes the next big teen sensation. No names were listed for Need for Speed‘s casting considerations.