Special to the Bulletin

Francine Maisler Casting will bring its statewide search for a key role in an upcoming movie to Brownwood Saturday.

An open casting call will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the Brownwood Coliseum.

The casting call will consist of a brief talk with a member of the casting team and possibly an interview on camera. All participants should bring a nonreturnable photo. Interested parties may call the information line at (512) 637-9782, though no appointment is necessary. The casting team said it is seeking “spirited, interesting, rural boys ages 10 to 14” to be considered for leading roles in an upcoming major Hollywood family movie to be filmed in Texas.

While acting experience is not necessary, the production will provide compensation on the scale of professional actors. Filmmakers are specifically looking for children with old-fashioned qualities in small town environments.

“This story is set in Texas, and the Primrose team is determined to cast this part in Texas,” Bob Hudgins, director of the Texas Film Commission, said, “This could be a rare opportunity for a young Texan to land a lead role in a major film, and I appreciate Primrose’s dedication to making that happen.”

While details of the project are being kept confidential during the casting process, the filmmakers have been nominated for Academy Awards and have produced numerous critically acclaimed films.

“The filmmakers are known to us and are well-respected both nationally and internationally,” Hudgins said. “I assure you that this is a professional, legitimate film project, and one that I expect we’ll all be proud of.”

The role calls for a Caucasian boy who is confident, lively and thoughtful, officials said. The statewide search has been under way since September 2006 and will be completed by February 2008. Filming will begin in March.

Francine Maisler has cast films such as “Spider-Man,” “Miami Vice” and “As Good As It Gets.”