Casting call for Disney feature film ‘Pete’s Dragon’ lead role

A casting call for Disney is now underway seeking a boy to play the lead role of Pete in the live-action feature film reboot of Pete’s Dragon.

The award winning casting director is conducting a national Disney talent search, and is accepting self-taped video auditions from boys in all areas. The candidate selected will star in the movie Pete’s Dragon, which will shoot from October, 2014 through April, 2015.

Pete’s Dragon will not be a musical and will reinvent the core story. After losing his parents in a car crash at the age of four, Pete escapes to the forest where he meets a dragon who becomes his closest (and only) companion. When a nearby mill threatens to cut down the forest, Pete encounters his first humans since the death of his parents and is faced with choosing between his dragon friend and the prospect of a traditional childhood.

Two-time Independent Spirit Awards nominee David Lowery will direct Pete’s Dragon from an adapted screenplay written by himself and Independent Spirit Awards winner Toby Halbrooks, based on a story by S.S. Field and Academy Award winner Seton I. Miller. David Lowery last directed the Sundance Film Festival Award winning feature film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints starring Rooney Mara and Ben Foster. He also has several other films in the works including the war drama The Yellow Birds starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and the Robert Redford starring vehicle The Old Man and the Gun. Peabody Awards winner James Whitaker will produce Pete’s Dragon.

Pete’s Dragon Casting Call Submission Details

To be considered, all minors must be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States.

The 2014 Los Angeles Actors Resource Guide eBook has the information and documents needed for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Los Angeles and the United States. All 2014 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

The Casting Society of America Artios Award winning casting director for Walt Disney Pictures’ Pete’s Dragon is accepting video auditions from talent across America for the lead role in the film. Both union and non-union talent are welcome to apply. There are NO FEES whatsoever to be considered or to be cast in this film. The following is the role description:

[PETE] Male 8-9 years of age (8-year-olds must be 9 by October/November). Looks as though he’s a part of the forest – dirty, long hair, some of it in ratty dreadlocks; his clothes are in tatters and stitched up with vines and leaves; he has lived in the forest for four years – not your typical suburban kid. LEAD ROLE

All applicants are being asked to upload a short homemade audition video no later than July 18, 2014. If you are cast in this lead role, you MUST be available to work from October, 2014 through April, 2015.

When you are ready to upload your audition video, visit the following video upload website and follow all instructions carefully:

Pete’s Dragon Audition Video Upload

Principal Actor Casting Director Information

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Shayna Markowitz
Debra Zane Casting
5225 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 536
Los Angeles, CA 90036


If you choose to submit by regular mail, send in your 8×10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. IF the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


“Project Name”
“Role of _______”

Extras Casting

To Be Announced

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Sailor Bear
2829 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110

Walt Disney Productions
South Buena Vista Street
Team Disney Building
Burbank, CA 91521 818


Jim Whitaker


David Lowery
Toby Halbrooks


David Lowery


To Be Cast


Pete has been raised in the forest, his only friend is a dragon. When a mill threatens to cut down the forest, he must choose between his old friend or a normal childhood.

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