From Brian Gott:
Hi friends. We need your help to cast an EXTRAORDINARY role for a feature film that I couldn’t be more proud to be an executive producer on.
We haven’t announced a lot of the details around this project yet, but I’ll tell you it will be a powerful, important film celebrating the fact that all people, regardless of any disabilities they may have, deserve respect & kindness. To that end, we feel that it is an absolute must that the young lead be an actress with cerebral palsy (see official casting notice below).
‘Out of My Mind’ is one of the most read-books in middle school today, with millions of copies sold, and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential young adult novels of all time.
Please share widely, and help us find this movie’s leading lady! 🎥⭐️
Big Beach Entertainment (producers of best picture Oscar nominee ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, and the upcoming Tom Hanks biopic ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’) and Barden/Schnee Casting (the casting directors for Oscar-winning films including ‘Spotlight' and 'The Help') are seeking a young female, aged 11-14, with cerebral palsy, for the lead role of “Melody" in the major motion picture adaptation of the bestselling young-adult novel ‘Out of My Mind’, by Sharon M. Draper, to film this fall. The script is written by Daniel Stiepleman, screenwriter of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg story, ‘On the Basis of Sex.’
Out of My Mind tells the story of Melody, a young girl with cerebral palsy who is restricted to a wheelchair. She is unable to speak, and everyone around her—with the exception of her parents, neighbor and in-classroom aid—dismiss her as intellectually disabled....that is, until she receives a medical-talk device that allows her to communicate for the first time in her life. Very quickly people realize Melody is a brilliant, articulate, passionate young lady, who ultimately inspires others to see her the same way she has always seen herself.
Interested parents, teachers, children, or caregivers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to submit.