The Lion Men, the Jack Neo film about three rival lion dance troupes, will start shooting next month.
Home-grown film-maker Jack Neo has always had a knack for spotting new talent.
He made stars of Shawn Lee and Joshua Ang after casting them in I Not Stupid (2002) and directed Megan Zheng to a Golden Horse win for Best New Performer in Homerun (2003).
Most recently, he turned seven members of the young cast of Ah Boys To Men into overnight sensations.
Now, he has upped the ante once more by picking out a total of 21 new faces – 11 male and 10 female – for his upcoming movie, The Lion Men, about rival lion dance troupes.
The finalists, aged from 17 to 30, were selected out of 1,300 hopefuls who had to sing, dance and act in two to three rounds of auditions.
One is a radio DJ (Hot 91.3FM’s Joshua Simon, 23), some have had minor acting experiences, a handful are popular bloggers and the rest simply harbour big dreams of becoming entertainers.
Neo says that one of the troupes in the movie will be led by Ah Boys’ breakout star Tosh Zhang, 24, but he has yet to decide on the leaders for the other two. “Maybe one or two out of the 21 new faces I’ve selected will be leading,” he says.
The other Ah Boys stars including Maxi Lim, 25, Noah Yap, 20, and Wang Weiliang, 26, will also have roles in the new film, though details of their characters were not revealed.
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