Unknown actors land parts after MySpace auditions

Ten unknowns have landed film roles alongside Hollywood star Simon Pegg after auditions on MySpace.

Ten unknowns have landed film roles alongside Hollywood star Simon Pegg after auditions on MySpace.

'Faintheart', billed as a romantic comedy set in the world of battle re-enactments, is due to hit cinema screens next summer.

Film fans on MySpace selected the movie’s director and several of the actors after producers asked people to audition online.

'Faintheart' tells the story of Richard, a sales assistant, who spends his weekends as a Mighty Norse Warrior in battle re-enactments.

Sick of living in the Middle Ages, Richard’s long-suffering wife Cath throws him out, leading him to an epic quest to win her back.

Alongside 'Mission Impossible' and 'Shaun of the Dead' star Pegg, the cast features 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet'’s Tim Healy, 'EastEnders'-turned-'Bridget Jones' actor Paul Nicholls, 'The Mother' actress Anne Reid, and 'Spaced' star Jessica Hynes (formerly Stevenson).

The unknowns include a York university student – Phil Lester, 20, who is studying for a BA in English language, and a single parent, Rosalyn Scanlon, 31, from Coventry in England.

An aerospace engineer, Peter Holyoake, 38, from Leicester in England, won the role of a Viking extra as he has already had plenty of practice with his hobby – taking part in Viking re-enactments around the country.

The €1.42m movie, being described as the UK’s first “user-generated feature film”, is backed by Film4 and the UK Film Council.

Director Vito Rocco was plucked for the role by 500,000 MySpace users who viewed the short film he submitted online.

He said: “We’ve given cinema-goers and online users the first real opportunity to be part of the film-making process right the way through from script to seeing the results of their input up on the big screen.”

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