Do you think you have what it takes to act alongside Wolverine? Well now's your chance to hit it big because Dreamworks wants YOU to send in your audition tape and star alongside Hugh Jackman in Real Steel.
Before continuing reading, make sure you have a few moments to bask in the ridiculousness of this movie. First, it's called Real Steel, which sounds like either a sequel to a mid-90s Shaquille O'Neal movie, or a late 80's hair metal band. IMDB claims this will be an action/drama film which is all well and good until you see that Shawn Levy, mastermind behind the Night at the Museum films as well as a personal guilty pleasure of mine Big Fat Liar, is on board to direct. Not that filmmakers have never branched out, but he's carved out a niche for himself and that mold will be tough to break.
And then there's the story. Oh, gosh, the story. In the not-too-distant future, the most popular sport is Robot boxing, I swear to the gods that's what it says. Jackman, a failing robot boxing promoter, fights to bring an underdog robot to the championship all while getting to know his 11-year-old illegitimate son. That is not made up.
If it didn't claim it's genre as action/drama, I'd be on board with this 100%, but trying to get someone to take robot boxing in a manner that's all that serious is going to be a problem. More power to Shawn Levy, who has the gargantuan task of figuring out just how to blend a dramatic father and son story with Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Battle Bots.
Dreamworks is looking to cast Jackman's son, so if you're a 10-14-year-old boy who can pull off “street smart with a tough outer shell and a warm enthusiastic spirit” then by all means take the information from the press release below and shoot them an audition or show up at the two casting calls. This movie will be awesome one way or another. I sincerely hope that Levy pulls it off.
DreamWorks Studios has launched a nationwide casting search to fill a lead role in its upcoming movie “Real Steel,” it was announced today by DreamWorks Studios.