Movie look­ing for boy with ‘open, hon­est face’

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Ran­dall King

AGood As It Gets) ( Flight) BOY be­tween the ages of five and eight is be­ing sought for a role in the Sony Pic­tures film Heaven Is for Real as a child who emerges from life-threat­en­ing surgery de­scrib­ing vi­sions of heaven.

The film, which will be­gin shoot­ing in Win­nipeg this sum­mer, re­port­edly stars Greg Kin­n­ear ( As

and Kelly Reilly as the boy’s par­ents. Cast­ing di­rec­tor Jim He­ber says a role like this typ­i­cally re­quires a search all over North Amer­ica. The search be­gins in Win­nipeg with an open cast­ing call next Satur­day, April 27, in the Mil­len­nium Room of the Win­nipeg Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (sec­ond floor) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The cast­ing call is for the role of the child ex­clu­sively. No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary.

The boy, named Colton Burpo, is de­scribed as “pos­sessed of an open, hon­est face” ac­cord­ing to the cast­ing-call in­for­ma­tion.

“He’s in­no­cent yet per­cep­tive, with a lovely singing voice. Colton nearly loses his life af­ter his ap­pen­dix rup­tures. Although ter­ri­fied when he’s taken in for surgery, he emerges as a calm, com­fort­able, self-as­sured lit­tle boy who ca­su­ally of­fers up his ob­ser­va­tions of heaven.”

Ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­net Movie Data­base, Kin­n­ear and Reilly are al­ready cast in the film, which will be di­rected by Ran­dall Wal­lace, whose films in­clude We Were Sol­diers and Sec­re­tariat.

As a writer, Wal­lace was nom­i­nated for an Os­car for his screen­play for the 1995 Mel Gib­son film Brave­heart.

Lo­cal film­maker Shawn Lin­den is head­ing to the Cannes film fes­ti­val to pre­mière his film The Good Lie, which was shot in Mon­treal and Win­nipeg.

Lin­den says he is not sure he will be mak­ing the trip to the French Riviera re­sort to screen the film, which is part of the Cana­dian Per­spec­tives pro­gram at the fes­ti­val.

Thomas Dekker ( Ter­mi­na­tor: The Sarah Connor Chron­i­cles) stars as a young man who learns he is the prod­uct of a rape. He jour­neys to con­front his bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther, only to learn the man has al­ready been re­leased from prison.

Lin­den says the film will be re­leased in Win­nipeg, Toronto and Mon­treal on May 3.

Greg Kin­n­ear

Kelly Reilly

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