Canadian tyke to play Hugh Jackman's son

Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:47pm EDT
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By Borys Kit and Jay A. Fernandez

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After casting a wide net to find a young actor to play Hugh Jackman's son in "Real Steel," the producers of the sci-fi film have hired 11-year old Canadian Dakota Goyo for the part.

The story, set in a future world where robot-boxing has replaced human mano-a-mano, follows a former boxer (Jackman) who gets a shot at redemption when he teams up with his long lost son to train an unusual robot for a shot at the championships.

DreamWorks, making its first movie under its deal with Disney, issued a public casting call in early February. It also conducted open auditions in Chicago and New York, looking for someone to play a "street-smart, tough, charming kid with a hard, untrusting outer shell which hides a warm enthusiastic spirit beneath."

Goyo, who has worked mainly in Canadian television, may be best known Stateside for his work with Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett in 2007's "Resurrecting the Champ." Production begins in June, with Disney eyeing a November 18, 2011, release date. Shawn Levy is directing.

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