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Gosling Film Looking For Local Teen Star

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Earlier this week, I blogged about the new Ryan Gosling movie The Place Beyond the Pines partly filming in Schenectady. Now, there is new news that states the film will call for a local teenager to star in the film along side Gosling and Hangover star Bradley Cooper. If you’re a teen who aspires to be a movie star, then this might be your calling and a great start to your career!

Film commissioner Don Ritter recently announced that some of the filming would take place right here in the heart of New York- the birth place of electricity. It was confirmed that Gosling would be a lead role in the film, and Bradley Cooper film. has been confirmed as well. Now, one lucky local teen will have the chance of a lifetime as the third lead in the film.

According to the Times Union, The film calls for a male between the ages of 15 and 20, specifically of Hispanic or multi-race. The Schenectady Film Commission is accepting videos of performances from those who are eligible.

If you don’t have the pre-requisites for this role, don’t worry, because there will be about 50 other parts that need local people of all ages:

Don Rittner said the film’s producers will also be looking elsewhere for young actors, but would like a raw, local talent to fill the role. The film is being directed by Derek Cianfrance, who helmed the Gosling movie Blue Valentine, last year.

There’s a possibility we may kick off the career of a young person from Schenectady, Rittner said.

When more information is announced it will be posted, so keep checking back to the site!

Rittner also revealed some more details about the film:

  • The majority of scenes will be filmed in Schenectady from July to September

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  • The cast and crew will be staying in Schenectady on and off for the three months that filming will take place
  • Rittner will be assisting the film’s producer and casting company in the selection process of local talent, filming locations and accommodations for the cast and crew
  • Gosling will play a pro motorcyclist who becomes a thief to support his son
  • Cooper will play a rookie cop who becomes Gosling’s rival

This is one of the biggest things to happen to Schenectady as far as movies go, as the last was 40 years ago when scenes for Barbra Streisand film The Way We Were were shot at  Union College.

The reason for interest in the Electric City? Both Cianfrance’s wife, video artist Shannon Plumb, and the script’s co-writer, Ben Coccio, are from Schenectady and Niskayuna, respectively.
This is a big economic jolt for Schenectady, Rittner said.
This is so exciting! I wish I had to talent to be an extra in the film, especially one with awesome actors! I can’t wait to see the film when it’s finished just for the scenes that were shot here!
What do you think of this news? Do you know anyone who would be perfect for the part?

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