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Wanted by Hollywood director: Jewish teenage girl to star in new movie

The opportunity of a lifetime awaits an aspiring actress in a film directed by Taika Waititi, the man behind Thor: Ragnarok

    Director Taika Waititi (Photo: Getty Images)
    Director Taika Waititi (Photo: Getty Images)

    The search is on to find a teenage Jewish girl to take a lead role in a Hollywood movie. Excellent pay and no previous acting experience necessary.

    Shooting is scheduled to start in Europe in May on JoJo Rabbit, a satire about a ten-year-old-boy trying to fit in to life in Nazi Germany with the help of an imaginary friend.

    The film is being produced by 20th Century Fox and will be directed by New Zealander Taika Waititi, whose credits include the Marvel Comics-based superhero film Thor: Ragnarok.

    Des Hamilton Casting — which has a reputation for casting actors without prior experience, or an agent — is looking for a Jewish girl aged 16-18 to fill one of the key roles.

    “We often achieve great results when casting children who have never acted before,” said casting associate Jo Harris. “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who fits the brief. This is a co-lead role and will be very well paid.

    “These kinds of roles are very rarely opened out to non-actors. Anyone who is interested should email their name and age, along with a recent photo, to office@deshamilton.com and we’ll be in touch.”

    UK auditions will be arranged and the company hopes that potential stars will come forward from schools, youth clubs and drama groups.

    Should filming take place during term time, tutors will be provided.

    Ms Harris pointed out that the agency discovered Thomas Turgoose, who played Shaun Fields in This Is England, in a centre for children excluded from school. 

    “He went on to win Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards.” 

    It also cast Channel 4’s Top Boy series, about life on an East London council estate, by visiting schools in and around the capital. 

    Taika Waititi was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film Two Cars, One Night.

    His father is of Māori descent; his mother is of Russian-Jewish heritage.

    He has used his mother’s surname of Cohen for some of his film and writing credits.

     
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