On Tuesday, July 10, 2012 — Canadian film director, Alison Parker, and her Casting Director, Travis Doering, are pleased to announce that four young actors have been cast in roles in the soon-to-be filmed feature movie The Ferret Squad, which is slated to begin production in August, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The four young actors chosen after the first round of auditions are: Eric McNamee, Clive Holloway, Sean Michael Kyer and Dylan Schmid.
The Ferret Squad is a family-friendly feature that tells the story of Max Jones, played by Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale star Connor Stanhope (Connor also played the role of young “Lex Luthor” on the TV series Smallville).
In the story, Max is a teenage boy who must move to California with his father, Ben (Canadian Award Winning Actor Chad Willett, The Locket, Joan of Arc); he then realizes that Digger, his pet ferret, won’t be able to come along because ferrets are illegal. Max finds a way to sneak Digger across the border, and thinks his troubles are over.
In his new home state, Max meets and joins forces with a group of quirky kids known as “The Ferret Squad” who spend their summer days rescuing and fostering illegal ferrets. When Animal Control plans to destroy some confiscated ferrets, Max and the Ferret Squad go on a desperate mission to save the poor animals by transporting them across the border with the law and their parents in hot pursuit.
Dylan Schmid has been cast in the role of “D.J.” Many people will recognize Schmid from the ABC hit television series “Once Upon A Time” on which he plays the part of “Baelfire”, the son of Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold (played by Robert Carlyle).
Young D.J. harbors an unrequited crush on Stanley’s sister, Frankie, and is quite jealous when young Max comes to town and steals the young beauty’s heart, but D.J. holds out hope that he and Frankie will one day have a more than platonic relationship.
While under D.J.’s watch, the Ferret Squad headquarters is damaged by bullies, thus causing the young lad to fret that he will be kicked out of the group by Frankie.
Eric McNamee will play the role of “Lunchmeat”. McNamee’s acting credits include the role of “Gus” on the Cartoon Network’s show “Level Up”.
“Lunchmeat” (real name: Pete) is the young, chubby outcast and sidekick to bully Nick. Together, they make The Ferret Squad’s lives miserable.
Clive Holloway, who plays ‘Maurice’ on the UK TV show “Beaver Falls”, joins The Ferret Squad cast as “Dhylan”.
Dhylan is Max’s best friend in Arizona. Dhylan finds a way to keep Max and Digger together as they travel to California. When Max lets Dhylan know that he needs him, he organizes a rescue at the border.
Sean Michael Kyer, who will tackle the part of “Stanley” has a resume that includes parts on the TV series “Alcatraz”, “Fringe” and “Continuum”.
Stanley is a young “techno” kid who lives and breathes computers–and ferrets. If it is technology or furry, Stanley loves it. Stanley has set up an intricate network to keep ferrets safe. Even though he is not able to own a ferret, he helps to rescue them.
Kyer has worked with Ferret Squad cast mates Gabrielle Rose and Chad Willett on the feature film “Everything and Everyone”.
In addition to Connor Stanhope and Chad Willett, these four young men join a cast that includes Sierra Pitkin (Juno) and Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale alumnus Blu Mankuma (“Harry Helmsley”, 2012), Award Winning Canadian Actress Gabrielle Rose (Excited, The Sweet Hereafter), Michael Roberds (“Uncle Fester” on the TV Series The New Addams Family) and Falcor the Ferret (Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale).
If you would like more information about this project or wish to interview Alison Parker, please contact her directly at (604) 345-3263 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos credit to: The Ferret Squad Media
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