The Whole Cast of Super 8 Announced; Set Photos Revealed
09.21.10 by Ryan
Paramount has decide to announce the cast for writer-director J.J. Abrams' upcoming sci-fi movie Super 8 after news of two of the cast members was scooped earlier this week.
Starring Emmy-nominated Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and Elle Fanning (Somewhere, winner of the 2010 Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion Award), the cast includes veteran actors Ron Eldard and Noah Emmerich, newcomers Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills, and Gabriel Basso (The Big C).
What characters the actors may play is unknown, as is the plot of the movie, though a trailer has revealed some kind of monster (or alien, perhaps) trying to emerge from a train car. A casting notice discovered in May gave some details on three pre-teen roles, which, if the casting notice is truly for Super 8, give a brief glimpse into the super-secret movie.
JOSH: Male 13-14. Josh is cute, but could be on the scrawny side – definitely not the school jock. Loveable, empathetic, smart and interesting. Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.
COLLIN: Male 13-14. Slightly, or more than slightly, overweight. Collin is confident, driven, optimistic and a natural leader. Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.
NATALIE: Female 13-14. A natural beauty – she is stunning, but not the "cheerleader" type. Strong and confident, but has an underlying sadness. Should have a Midwestern feel.
The fact that all characters need a "Midwestern feel" seems true, as the movie's crew is transforming the city of Weirton, West Virgina, to look like the fictional town of Lillian, Ohio. AICN has posted photos from the set that reveal a "Lillian, Ohio" post office, middle school, and pharmacy. No cast or crew were depicted in photos.
Super 8 is set to open in the summer of 2011. Steven Spielberg is producing the movie which Abrams is directing from his own script.