Sony Pictures search for teen Adam Sandler look-alikes and additional co-starring roles

Click Here for an important update regarding the talent search for the role of "Young Donny" or the "Young Adam Sandler look-alike". Thanks to all who showed up for the open casting calls. Email submissions now being accepted.

The upcoming Sony Pictures feature film "Donny Boy" is holding open casting calls and accepting email submissions from teen boys who can play either 13 or 18 year old versions of Adam Sandler. The candidates MUST look exactly like these young versions of Adam Sandler. Additional co-starring and supporting roles are also available.

The films stars include Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Vanilla Ice and Leighton Meester. The picture is about a cantankerous father who moves in with his son and his son's gold-digger fiancee just before the son is to get married. The father and fiancee quickly become terribly embroiled in conflict

Sean Anders and John Morris are directing from a script originally written by TV comedy writer David Caspe, who recently signed a two year production deal with Sony Pictures Television. Caspe is creator/head writer on the upcoming Sony Pictures Television TV series "Happy Endings," which premiers April 13, 2011 on ABC. "Wanderlust" writers David Wain and Ken Marino were brought in to rewrite the "I Hate You, Dad" script.

Adam Sandler, Heather Parry, and Jack Giarraputo will produce under the banner of their company Happy Madison Productions. The company's production office is located in the Judy Garland building on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, CA, Barry Bernardi and director John Morris will executive produce.

Here is what the casting directors are seeking:

Young Donny #1: Adam Sandler at age 13 yrs old. Must be 13-14 years old. Young Adam tries to ask a girl he likes to a Springsteen concert and besides getting turned down, gets beaten up. That's when his teacher, Miss McGarricle, comes to his aid and he asks her out instead. The scene ends with young Donny having an amazing date and getting to have sex with his teacher.

Young Donny #2: Adam Sandler at 18 yrs old. Older and now a father (not a very good one either), Donny is forced to have to take on the role of true fatherhood when his father gets fed up and Leaves him to fend for himself.

For both of these roles, they need absolute DEAD-RINGER LOOK ALIKES for Adam Sandler at these ages.

Open Casting Call Details

Los Angeles, CA:

Saturday April 23, 2011 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sony Pictures Studios
5933 W. Slauson Avenue
Culver City 90230
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Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring a non-returnable recent color snapshot.
This is an R-Rated film.

Boston, MA:

Friday April 22, 2011 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday April 23, 2011 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
The Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring a non-returnable recent color snapshot.
This is an R-Rated film.

Minneapolis, MN:

Thursday April 21, 2011 - 3:30pm to 7:30pm
Hennepin Center for the Arts
528 Hennepin Avenue
Studio 5A
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring a non-returnable recent color snapshot.
This is an R-Rated film.
Inquiries for this event ONLY email

Chicago, IL:

Saturday April 16, 2011 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
TP and R Casting
10 W. Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring a non-returnable recent color snapshot.
This is an R-Rated film.
Inquiries for this event ONLY email

If you are unable to attend any of the above open casting calls, you can submit via email to the following:

• In the email SUBJECT LINE, put name, role, city and state of residence. Example: JOHN DOE - 13 year old, Anywhere, USA).

• In the email BODY, put talent's first and last name, date-of-birth, parent or guardians name if a minor, and contact information.

• Attach two recent color snapshots to the email.

• Include any acting experience or any other relevant information.

In addition to the young Adam Sandler roles, the casting director is also auditioning actors to play the following roles, which should be submitted through talent agents or to the principal actor casting director listed below. Follow strict submission guidelines:

• Female, to play 27 yrs old, Caucasian. Mary aka Miss McGarricle, a teacher at the school where 13 year old Donny is a student. Takes place in the 80's so should have the style of a gorgeous 80's type with big Jersey hair. Must be the typical hot teacher fantasy type, yet with a sweet personality. Must be ok with the films type of humor where she seduces a student, then ends up in prison for it.

• Male, 25 - 35ish, Caucasian. US Marine Corps Iraq war veteran named Troy, intimidating, very strong build, buzz cut hair, semi-unstable personality. Has an excessively amorous relationship with his sister Stacy, played by Leighton Meester. Seems almost jealous of Stacy's fiancée Todd, played by Andy Samberg.

• Female, 58 - 68ish, Caucasian. Helen, the mother of Stacy and Troy. Extremely rich successful Boston businesswoman. Beautiful for her age. Dominant in her relationship with Gerald.

• Male, 60 - 70ish, Caucasian. Stacy and Troy step-father, married to Helen. Kind demeanor, organized, and subservient to Helen. Has accepted his submissive role in the relationship.

• Male, 25 - 30ish, Asian or Indian. Phil, works as an accountant in Helen's company and is a friend of Todd's. Gets bumped from being his best-man when Donny shows up. Think sweet Howdy-Doody type.

• Male, 35 - 50ish, ethnicity unspecified. Craig, is Donny's attorney. Always gives his best to help Donny get out of legal problems, but doesn't always have sensible resolutions. Overtly rose-colored positive outlook, not the greatest attorney, but has good intentions.

• Male, 30 - 40ish, Italian American. Antonio, a non-typical wedding planner. Speaks with a strong New York accent, a guy's guy, Big and tough, very vocal with no qualms about using 4 letter words. A working-class urban type personality with an overtly macho attitude.

• Female, 45 - 55ish, African American. Champale, long time friend of Donny's and likes to play a motherly figure to him. She is a stripper at Donny's club loves to be topless even when not working. She has a self image of being the hottest babe around even though she is overweight. Says it like it is.

• Female, 25ish, African American. Brie, beautiful loving daughter of Champale who also works in Donny's club. Very understanding of her mom and Donny's situations.

• Female, 25 - 30ish, Asian. Kim, super hot friend of Stacy's. Is one of her bridesmaids.

Principal photography on "I Hate You Dad" begins June 6, 2011 in Boston, MA. The scheduled release date is June 15, 2012.

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for principal acting roles. 

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs. 

Principal Actor Casting:

Rachel Tenner
"I Hate You, Dad" Casting
5933 W. Slauson Avenue
Suite 2107
Culver City, CA 90230 

Extras Casting:

Boston Casting
129 Braintree Street
Boston, MA 02134
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Production Companies: 

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Happy Madison
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Judy Garland Bldg.
Culver City, CA 90232

Columbia Pictures
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232


Jack Giarraputo
Adam Sandler
John Morris
Heather Parry
Adam Sandler


Sean Anders
John Morris


Adam Sandler - Donny
Andy Samberg - Todd
Leighton Meester - Stacy
James Caan - Marvin
Vanilla Ice - Himself


At 13 years old, Donny Levine, had knocked up his beautiful 27 year old teacher. After she was sent to prison, Donny was left to raise their son Han Solo on his own which he did terribly. Now 40, Donny (Adam Sandler) is a used hot tub salesman, and he's looking at possibly doing three years in prison for failing to pay his taxes. Donny must seek out adult Han, who is now well-to-do, being a hedge fund manager for help. Unfortunately, Han - who changed his name to Todd (Andy Samberg) hates him so much he tells people that his parents are dead. Leighton Meester will play Todd's fiancée Stacey. She's really just after his money, but he's so whipped it takes Donny to expose her sham. She's aggressive and demanding and gets worse as the wedding progressively degenerates.