Are you a boy that is in a band, knowledgeable about Austin, not famous in the least way (sorta) and want to make out with Juno-tastic Ellen Page in a movie? Here is your chance. The producers of the upcoming film Whip It are on the hunt to cast a band member (Oliver), to be the boyfriend of Ellen Page's character. The film will be directed by Drew Barrymore and produced by Barry Mendel (Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums) through Mandate Pictures.
The story takes place in Bodeen, Texas. According to the casting press release, "an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin."
Here are some notes from Barry Mendel on Oliver:
Oliver's a guy in a band. Maybe he plays bass, we want low key, not the front man, per se. But if he ended up being the drummer of guitar player or OTHER guitar player, okay. Keyboards? Not sure, maybe, I guess we shouldn't discriminate; we want to find the right guy. He's pretty young. Ellen in real life is 21 but playing 18 (and she's not too tall), so he can be older than her but not so old that he's taking advantage of her. He lives in Austin, knows Austin well. He shouldn't be super gorgeous or super gregariously charming, someone who's a good match for Ellen's shy intelligence. Fine or rather good if he's nerdy. Important that he's a serious musician that we see he's really playing, and that through bliss (Ellen's character), we vicariously get off on his band's music.
The stats is just a placeholder band, we're pretty open-minded. Indie, punk, old-fashioned rock&roll band all probably fine. We can use the band's name in the film, no problem. This should be fun for the audience, discovering a band (i.e. they shouldn't be TOO famous. Not a cameo like Oingo Boingo in back to school)! Not slick, not too theatrical. Not even particularly marketable. Just good in a understated, self-effacing way.
Think you have what it takes to do it? You have to send your materials (music, photos, touring information, management, label, publicity, etc) in by today here:
Senior Creative Director
MUSIC & PUBLISHING
8750 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 300E
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Production begins on July 14. Good luck.