WWE Studios announces open casting call for "Big Red"

LOS ANGELES -- WWE Studios, the theatrical arm of World Wrestling Entertainment, is holding open casting calls in Los Angeles this Saturday, Feb. 6 and in New York, Feb. 7, to find a young male actor to fill the title role in its upcoming film, tentatively titled, "Big Red."

Set against the backdrop of the mid-'60s, "Big Red" is a family-friendly, coming-of-age story which follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol, a bright student who avoids anything that might bring him ridicule or attention. When Andy's English teacher, Mr. Simon, teams him on a project with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley (aka "Big Red"), Mr. Simon unleashes a series of events that changes the lives of both young men forever.

Aspiring actors for the role of Stanley/"Big Red" must be young males between 13 and 16 years old, at least five-feet, eight-inches tall with red or light-colored hair. Applicants who do not meet the criteria will not be admitted to the audition.

Executive Vice President of WWE Studios, Mike Pavone, describes the character as "being very thoughtful and older than his years with a very soulful and peaceful quality about him."

The film will begin production in New Orleans at the end of February for four weeks.

Casting Call Details

Los Angeles
The open casting call will take place in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. at Sunset Gower Studios, 1438 North Gower Street, Bldg. 35, Suite 270 (Street parking only; entrance on Gower St.).

New York
The open casting call in New York will be on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 330 West 38th Street, Suite 170 (between 8 and 9th Avenues).

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