Timon -> RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! (19/6/2007 11:20:58 AM)
Firstly, 'The Pacific War' is now going to be called simply 'The Pacific' and the three leads of US Marines Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge have been cast. And two of them are familiar faces.
James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello and Val Lauren have been tapped to lead the ensemble cast of HBO Films' big-budget miniseries "The Pacific," from executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
The 10-hour mini, a companion piece to Hanks and Spielberg's Emmy-winning 2001 World War II saga "Band of Brothers," tracks the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines -- Robert Leckie (Dale), John Basilone (Lauren) and Eugene Sledge (Mazzello) -- across the vast canvas of the Pacific, from the first clash with the Japanese in the jungles of Guadalcanal to the triumphant return home after V-J Day.
"Pacific," which HBO Films is producing in association with Playtone and DreamWorks Television, starts shooting in August in Port Douglas, Australia. It will shoot there through year's end and then move to Melbourne. No airdate has yet been set for the mini, which also will air in Australia on Channel 7.
"Pacific" is based on the books "With the Old Breed" by Sledge and "Helmet for My Pillow" by Leckie, as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers and Hugh Ambrose, son of "Brothers" author Stephen E. Ambrose, who died in 2002. Hugh Ambrose serves as a consultant on the miniseries, which reportedly will cost nearly $200 million (HR 4/25)
For those of you who don't recognise the names - James Badge Dale played Chase Edmunds in Season 3 of 24 and was more recently in The Departed. Joseph Mazzello was a child actor who famously played Tim in Jurassic Park and cameoed in The Lost World. Looks like he never lost contact with The Berg...but then why would you?
A young N.Irish actor called Marty McCann has also bagged a role according to the BBC.
A Belfast actor has won one of the lead roles in the sequel to the hit series Band of Brothers.
The original story followed the story of paratroop unit Easy Company from training to the end of the Second World War in Europe.
For Marty McCann it is the opportunity of a lifetime, and comes on the heels of a role in Lord Attenborough's film Closing the Ring, which was filmed in Belfast.
The 23-year-old is a familiar face to fans of the BBC Northern Ireland comedy series Dry Your Eyes, where he plays a trendy young priest.
"I was lucky enough to be doing a few plays in Belfast and creating a small sort of career for myself here in the theatre and a bit of television," he said.
"I landed the role in Closing the Ring because I had met Lord Attenborough a couple of times - the producer had seen me in a play I was doing.
"From that I got my London agent and they had put me up for this audition for the Pacific."
Marty and other hopefuls were taken to California for auditions for roles in the US$150m production at Tom Hanks' studio, which turned out to be an intimidating experience.
"Hanks wasn't there but Spielberg was, and there were like 16 HBO heads behind him and they were all in silhouette," he said.
"There was this huge sort of window with the sun beating down behind them, they all looked like silhouettes, these shadows of people, which is so intimidating.
"They took us in three at at time - they sent nine of us home and there was six of us left, and I was one of the six."
Marty said that Lord Attenborough had mentioned him to Spielberg, and had even sent him a copy of Closing the Ring pre-release so he could see Marty in action.
It has been a rollercoaster for the young actor, and he said that no matter what the future brings, he was lucky to be doing a job that he loves.
"Everything just astronomically worked in my favour - the actor's dream," he said.
"I've got an audition with Spielberg, or even Attenborough, I got a chance to meet and work with them both at the age of 23, me from Belfast, from Divis Flats on the Falls Road."
It's all coming together.