Boy, age 8-12, sought for movie

Richard Hicks Casting is looking for a boy 8-12 years old and weighing 150-200 pounds to appear in a new feature film, “Weightless.” Online open auditions are being conducted, and no acting experience is needed.

“With this film we are trying to authentically and very sensitively portray a child with this experience. No judgements here. He won’t be a professional actor Hollywood doesn’t do movies about kids this size so we’re doing a nationwide casting search,” said Portia Henry-Warren, who works for the casting company.

Producing the film is Greg Shapiro, the Oscar-winning producer of “Hurt Locker.” “Weightless” is to be filmed in New York or Pennsylvania in August. It is to star Nick Nolte (“48 Hours,” “Cape Fear”) and Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”).

The story concerns a father, Clarke, whose quiet life is disrupted when he is called to take custody of his son after the boy’s mother goes missing. The boy, Will, is affected by childhood obesity.

The script was written by Enda Walsh, an award-winning playwright who has gone on to write screenplays. Directing is Jaron Albertin, who is known for his music videos and commercials.

“It’s a unique opportunity for a kid who might not have a way to express himself, and it would be a fun adventure,” Henry-Warren said.

Interested children should send name, age, place of residence, names of parents/guardian, phone number and a recent photo to weightlessaudition@ Information also is posted on the Weightless Facebook page.