Casting Call Held For Taylor Lautner's 'Abduction' At Carnegie Mellon - Pittsburgh (my neck of the woods)

As if the debut of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" didn't already have fans near hysteria, local Twihards have a chance to join Taylor Lautner on screen when the star's next project heads to Pittsburgh.

"Oh my goodness. It's going to be a really hot summer," said casting director Winsome Sinclair.

Lautner will star as a high school senior who sees a 1994 picture of a missing child, then discovers that he was placed in deep undercover protection at birth.

The John Singleton-directed film is expected to begin shooting in Pittsburgh in July and continue through September. Singleton also directed "Boyz n the Hood," "Shaft," "2 Fast 2 Furious" and "Four Brothers."

An open casting call for "Abduction" was held Wednesday at Carnegie Mellon University's Rangos Ballroom in Oakland. WTAE Channel 4's Sally Wiggin went there and reported that more than 900 people showed up in just a couple of hours.

"I am a huge fan. I just wanted to come and see if I could be in it too," Angela Thomas said.

"I am a huge 'Twilight' fan. I want to see Taylor, get a glimpse of him on the set," Mark Dovi said.

Not all the extra hopefuls were on Team Jacob.

"I am not a 'Twilight' fan. I hate 'Twilight,'" Cynthia Crowe said.

"So, you just are here to be in a movie?" Wiggin asked.

"Yeah," Crowe said.

Hampton High School is one of the settings in the movie, so the casting call attracted plenty of teenagers, but Channel 4 Action News also saw many adults there -- even an entertainment lawyer.

Sinclair said extras will be paid.

"Depending on whether you're featured or what we have you doing, there is pay. It varies, but definitely, there's always pay involved," said Sinclair.

The new movie will also star Sigourney Weaver ("Avatar," "Ghostbusters"), Maria Bello ("Grown Ups," "A History of Violence"), and Alfred Molina ("Spider-Man 2").


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