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.

Actors interested in the role have two ways to audition. Beginning immediately, individuals can submit a videotaped audition through Complete instructions are available on the website.

Additionally, two open call auditions will be held starting on Sunday, February 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois and then on Saturday, February 20, 2010 in New York, New York. No acting experience is necessary for interested actors, nor are they required to prepare anything for the audition.

Role to be cast is ‘Max’: Male, 10-14 years old. He's a street-smart, tough, charming kid with a hard, untrusting outer shell which hides a warm enthusiastic spirit beneath. He is a complicated, strong-willed and resourceful boy.

Details on the open call auditions are as follows:

Sunday, February 14, 2010
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Chicago Academy of the Arts
1010 W Chicago Street
Chicago, IL 60642-5490
(Parking behind building)

Saturday, February 20, 2010
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street
12th Floor
New York, NY 10019-5515

Complete details on the auditions are available at All videotape submissions will become the property of Dreamworks Studios and will not be returned.

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