Has local director Jack Neo found the next Ah Boys?
A peek at five hopefuls who could give the reigning Ah Boys a run for their money.
The response for the first round of open auditions for his next movie The Lion Men, which centres around lion dance, has been overwhelming, reports The New Paper.
About 300 men turned up at *Scape last Friday and Saturday for a shot at instant stardom. After all, Neo’s hit movies Ah Boys To Men and its sequel turned its unknown actors into idols overnight.
And as it’s likely there’ll be a female lead this time for The Lion Men, 815 women tried their luck the previous week.
Casting director for The Lion Men, Rena Shi, 34, who also worked on Neo’s hit movie Ah Boys To Men, told The New Paper:
“Maybe only five or so will get chosen in the end, but it’s all up to Jack. If he sees something special in them, he’ll write a role specifically to fit them."
Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek at five hopefuls whom we think have the potential to give the reigning Ah Boys a run for their money.
Aston Chia, 20
His dream was to be a wedding photographer. So he felt unsure when an alternative career path presented itself.
Two weeks ago, Aston Chia was working part-time at a comics store at Plaza Singapura when he was approached by staff of Neo’s company J Team who asked if, he had wanted to audition for The Lion Men.
Gary Tran Ngoc Long, 17
Bearing in mind that Vietnam-born Gary Tran Ngoc Long is just 17, the heart-throb seems destined for the limelight.
The Whitley Secondary School student, whose father is Singaporean, moved here when he was eight because his dad missed his Singaporean relatives.
“I think I did well at my auditions because my three friends had accompanied me there. Their support made all the difference."
Ngeow Zijie, 24
When he starts talking, one Ah Boy comes to mind.Freelance singer Ngeow Zijie is a dead ringer for Wang Weiliang, who played Ah Boys To Men character Lobang King - right down to the fact that both are jokers, are more comfortable speaking Mandarin and are singers.
Eric Noble Teo, 20
With such a unique middle name that also appears on his IC, it’s no wonder that Eric Noble Teo, who graduated from Singapore Polytechnic and is waiting to enlist into the army, has the guts to slug it out in the entertainment industry.
Mr Teo, who played the role of the villain in the local 2012 movie Dance Dance Dragon, alongside Adrian Pang, said:
“I have lion dance experience so I had hoped that that would be useful for my audition."
Aden Tan, 21
Aden Tan is certainly easy on the eye. The second runner-up of last year’s Teens Model Search also, bagged the Mr Photogenic and Mr Beautiful Hair titles in the same competition.
“I used to suffer from very bad stage fright, such that when I joined (local reality TV singing competition) Campus SuperStar five years ago, I couldn’t sing in front of the judges.
“For The Lion Men, I have prepared myself more. I must get over this phobia!"
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