A film production company will audition local talent to fill the role of a 9-year-old Hispanic boy in an upcoming television film starring Karl Malden.
The auditions for the part, to be featured in the film "Why Have They Taken Our Children?'', will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Arts Center, Ninth and Vermont, and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the downtown Ramada Inn, Sixth Street and Interstate 70, in Topeka.
The actor must be at least 9 years old, and acting experience is not necessary, according to Heather Laird, who is the local casting director on the film. The part is a key role in the film, according to a statement from the producers. The child will have several lines in the film and will be involved in some important scenes.
Kansas Filmworks will shoot "Why Have They Taken Our Children?'' beginning Monday at sites in Lawrence and Topeka. Set in 1977, the film recounts a mass kidnapping in Chowchilla, Calif., where more than 20 children were abducted and buried in a trailer for a period of time.
"Why Have They Taken Our Children?'' is the second film Kansas Filmworks has shot in the area in the past two months. The first, "Dead Before Dawn'' starring Cheryl Ladd, concluded filming on Saturday. Like "Dawn,'' the film will be shown on the ABC television network. The producers also plan to shoot a third television film in the area later in the fall.
Malden, 79, who was born in Chicago, won an Oscar in 1951 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "A Streetcar Named Desire.'' On television, he is known for starring in the long-running series "The Streets of San Francisco'' and in American Express commercials.