Talent search seeking overweight boy for feature film 'Weightless'

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The feature film Weightless is seeking a boy who can play 8-12 years of age for the lead role starring opposite Jason Clarke.

Kingsgate Films and Smuggler are in pre-production on the indie film Weightless, which will begin shooting in August, 2014. The role up for grabs requires a boy who is very overweight. Weightless centers on a father whose quiet life gets thrown upside down when he answers a call to take care of his son Will, who’s affected by childhood obesity, after Will's mother goes missing. Filming will take place in New York with additional filming in Pennsylvania.

Starring in Weightless is Chicago Film Critics Association Award winner Jason Clarke, and 3-time Academy Award winner Nick Nolte. Canadian filmmaker Jaron Albertin will direct from an original screenplay written by BAFTA Awards nominee Enda Walsh. Academy Award winner Greg Shapiro will produce Weightless along with Smuggler execs Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody.

Weightless Talent Search Details

The casting directors for the feature film Weightless are conducting a Talent Search seeking the role below. Submissions are being accepted from all areas of Canada and the United States. If cast, the boy and a parent/legal guardian will receive transportation and accommodations to the shooting locations in New York and Pennsylvania. This is a fully paid role at SAG-AFTRA scale, and there is no prior acting experience necessary to submit or be considered. No union membership is required. Shooting will take place in August, 2014. The deadline to submit is June 15, 2014.

[WILL] Male, must be able to portray 8-12 years of age. Weights approximately 150 - 250 lbs or more. Quiet and shy until you get to know him. No acting experience is necessary! LEAD ROLE

To be considered, submit a recent color photo along with the following:

Current Location:
Parent/Guardian Name:
Parent/Guardian Email:
Parent/Guardian Phone:

Send your submission to

Minors must be legally eligible to work in the states of New York and Pennsylvania, and in the United States.

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Principal Actor Casting

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

No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Richard Hicks
5225 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 736
Los Angeles, CA 90036


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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. IF the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


"Project Name"
"Role of _______"

Extras Casting

To Be Announced

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.

Kingsgate Films
7024 Melrose Ave.
Suite 420
Los Angeles, CA 90038


Greg Shapiro
Patrick Milling Smith
Brian Carmody


Jaron Albertin


Jason Clarke
Nick Nolte


About a young boy growing up in difficult surroundings.