Paramount Pictures is seeking one pair of identical twin boys aged 9-11 to play the lead roles in The Spiderwick Chronicles, a new fantasy film based on the best-selling series of books. No acting experience is necessary. Interested twins and their families can log on to www.SpiderwickCasting.com to learn more details about how to submit an audition tape. The film will begin production in summer 2006.
When the three Grace children — troubled Jared; his bookish twin, Simon; and their sister, Mallory, a fencing jock — move to the ancient Spiderwick mansion, they are at first none-too-enchanted by the rundown Victorian … until they discover a Brownie, an enchanted creature, living in the walls. They soon find a book — Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You — that will open their eyes to the invisible, odd, and sometimes dangerous world of dragons and boggarts, phookas and fairies, sprites and goblins that is all around them. When they cross paths with Mulgarath, an ogre, they realize quickly that he will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Field Guide. Based on the bestselling series of books, The Spiderwick Chronicles is directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday).
Waters said, “We’re opening up the Spiderwick casting experience. We really are looking for an unknown pair of kids. The website has all the information you need to make your tape and mail it to us. You never know — you might be just what we’re looking for.”
From Paramount Pictures, The Spiderwick Chronicles is directed by Mark Waters from a screenplay by John Sayles, based on the books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. The producers are Mark Canton, Julia Pistor, Ellen Goldsmith Vein, and Gregory Goodman. The executive producers are Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Credits are not yet final.