Ah, the heady days of the mid-90s, when anime was just coming into it’s own in the States and MTV’s Liquid Television ran bumpers cut from a then-obscure anime titled “Ninja Scroll.” The clips MTV used to lead in and out of their animation show were ridiculously popular, leading first to bootlegged copies of the Scroll hitting cons nationwide, then to an official release which sold amazingly well, I believe setting records as it broke the anime dam wide and titles began to really flood the US market.
(Note: this is all how I remember things happening. Actual facts may vary, but I don’t care. I like my story.)
Well, rumor has it that the Wachowski siblings are working on a live action version of the classic anime, and this casting list that’s popped up is supposedly for the flick. They’re referring to the movie as “Ninja Assassins,” but it’s pretty typical for codenames to be used at this point in a movie’s production. Korean pop-star Rain is already signed to star (and is making an appearance in the Speed Racer movie) and James McTiegue will be directing.
I’m slapping the full list below the fold here, just in case the page gets yanked.
HOLLYWOOD FEATURE FILM
ACTORS / ACTRESSES WANTED
OPEN CASTING CALL
Javelin Pictures is pleased to announce an open casting call for an upcoming martial arts film
From the Producers of The Matrix â€“ The Wachowski Brothers & Joel Silver
Directed by â€œV for Vendettaâ€™sâ€?: James McTiegue
Starring Korean Superstar: Rain
All potential candidates should be Asian, fit, vibrant and possess some knowledge of
Martial arts, acting and be able to communicate effectively in English.
We are looking to fill the following roles:
Ozunu, Male, Older man 40s / 50s
This Ninja master and head of the clan trains generations of ninja assassins until one of his own rebels.
Sadaharu, Male 20s
Ninja disciple loyal to the Ozunu clan, hopes to follow in the footsteps of his master. Strong fighting skills.
Teenage Sadaharu, Male 15-17yrs
Teenage ninja apprentice, grew up in the orphanage and train together at the Ninja academy.
Teenage Jubei, Male, 15-17yrs
A rebellious teenager trains to become a future of ninja assassin. Growing up in an orphanage, he journeys through various stages of his life as a ninja apprentice.
Teenage Kiriko, Female, 15-17yrs
Fellow ninja apprentice attempts to flee the orphanage and deals with the consequences.
Tattoo Parlour Ninja, Male 20s
Trained assassin and Ozunu clan member, he kills on contract and has strong fighting skills.
Tattoo Master, Male 50s / 60s
Older, wise tattoo master warns a rowdy client of impending doom.
Pretty Ninja Woman, Female 20s
Dangerous assassin disguised as an attractive woman. Strong fighting skills.
Female, Beautiful Asian Womanâ€“ Woman 20s / 30s
Possible assassin (Extra).
Casting will comprise of 3 parts:
Please prepare a brief self-introduction to be delivered on-camera.
You will also be given sides (script) to memorize and act out a specific scene during the audition.
Please also be prepared to give a brief demonstration of your martial arts or athletic ability and remember to dress accordingly.
If you think you may be suitable for any of the above roles, please send an e-mail with your name, contact information and brief CV with relevant experience and the role you wish to apply for to: