The team behind the massive critical and commercial success “The Social Network” are at it again. Producers Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti have teamed up with author Ben Mezrich – whose book “The Accidental Billionaires” was the basis from which the Oscar-winning film was made – for another film. Mezrich’s new book, “Sex on the Moon”, is another true story that’s no less juicy and scandalous and filled to the brim with young, morally ambiguous and party-hard geniuses, and the filmmakers have fittingly set “Easy A” helmer Will Gluck to direct.
Our lead character, Thad Roberts, is a 25-year-old upstart working in NASA’s highly selective co-op program, with very real ambitions to go to space one day (as “the first man on Mars” to be exact). But Roberts is no nerdy rocket scientist. In order to prepare for space, he is in tip top physical shape, and has earned a pilot’s license. With effortless charm and cool, Thad becomes a leader amongst his fellow students and stages elaborate adventures to take them on. When he meets and falls in love with beautiful fellow co-op student Rebecca, his next adventure becomes even more daring – and a lot more illegal, as the two conspire to lead a small team on a mission to steal and sell priceless moon rocks from NASA’s seemingly impenetrable facilities.
Ambitious, competitive, charming, rebellious, beyond intelligent, and madly in love. No small task, but here are ten young actors we think would thrive in this role.
Another Ben Mezrich pick, Robert Pattinson has certainly charmed at least one demographic of the moviegoing audience, so perhaps it would be easy to see him as the enthusiastic leader of a rag tag team of adventurous wannabe astronauts. Pattinson is also no stranger to book adaptations, having brought to life such best-sellers as “Harry Potter”, “Twilight” and “Water for Elephants” so a lesser known character should be small potatoes. And the British actor does have an innate likeability that will help the audience root for Thad, even as his actions become increasingly criminal. Now, about that American accent…
To read more about the book and author picks, visit Up and Comers!
Posted by Pete on March 04, 2012 in General News
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