Space Warriors Casting

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Thirteen-year-old Allison Taylor of Alexandria has done some modeling and appeared in a few commercials. Now she's interested in landing an acting role.

Up at 5 this morning for the drive to Huntsville with her grandmother, Allison was at the head of the line for an open casting call in Huntsville for the movie, "Space Warriors." The movie, to be directed by Sean McNamara, director of "Soul Surfer," is about Space Camp trainees who take action when danger erupts on the International Space Station.

By 10 a.m., when the local casting call was scheduled to start, about 200 people had formed a line that wound around the Hollywood Huntsville office on Stevens Avenue. About 18 supporting roles are available for kids and adults, including slots for members of a Space Camp team called the Titans, astronauts and cosmonauts, technicians and mission control personnel. There were also some opportunities for stand-in jobs and extras.

There's been no shortage of interest in the feature film, said Joey Paul Jensen, the casting director for "Space Warriors" who co-produced and cast "Soul Surfer." "I am blown away," she said.

In addition to the crowd that turned out today, about 150 people represented by agencies auditioned on Monday.

"Across the country, over 450 companies have submitted talent," Jensen said. "Within 36 hours via the Internet, there were over 10,000 applicants." The talent, she said, will be "narrowed down to a few candidates for the director per role."

"This movie has such a great cross section of people," she said.

The movie will feature Thomas Horn, who made his acting debut in the Oscar-nominated movie "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." Filming of "Space Warriors" will take place at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center from Friday, July 20 through Tuesday, Aug. 21.

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