By Lana Guineay
The search for the next ‘storm boy’ is on. The iconic 1976 film is being remade in South Australia, with shooting starting in the Coorong in July.
The contemporary retelling will star renowned Aussie actors Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shine, The King’s Speech) and Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad, Divergent) – but the role of the boy himself has yet to be filled.
Adelaide casting agency Heesom Casting have put out an open call – and say they’re looking for a boy between 10-13 with a “wild spirit” who is comfortable with big birds, and believe the perfect actor may be discovered in regional SA.
The original Storm Boy was an immediate hit in 1976, and won best film at the Australian Film Industry Awards. One of the country’s most-loved animal stories, it was a landmark local movie commissioned by the South Australian Film Corporation, showcasing the delicate wetland of the Coorong to audiences everywhere.
Based on a short novel by SA author Colin Thiele, the movie explored the touching relationship between a young boy and a pelican chick he nurses to health when its mother is shot. It launched the careers of young actor Greg Rowe and David Gulpilil in starring roles – as well as feathered thespian Mr Percival, who lived out his days at Adelaide Zoo until he died of old age in 2009 (yes really).
The new movie sees the iconic South Australian story move into a modern setting, with the boy – now an old man played by Rush – telling the story to his granddaughter. The production is set to bring 100+ jobs to South Australia.
The re-make will be released in 2018, but in the meantime, sit back, press play, and feel the ‘70s kid nostalgia:
Do you know someone who fits the bill (no pun intended)? Spread the word and help find the next storm boy.
Top image: The Coorong, Copyright SATC