(FloridaToday.com) - Those who grew up watching Cynthia Rothrock or Don "The Dragon" Wilson kick butt on screen may have a chance to appear in their next film together.
Casting for "The Martial Arts Kid" is Thursday and Friday in Cocoa Beach. Rothrock, a five-time world karate champion, was one of the first American female martial arts stars to lead a martial arts movie. Wilson, a Rockledge High graduate and former bouncer in the '70s for the Anchor Bar in Cocoa Beach, has starred in more than 30 films.
"It's very, very exciting because let's face it. He's coming back here to do it in his hometown, to hire local people," said Space Coast Film Commissioner Bonnie King.
Rothrock and Wilson play a married couple in the film.
"It's a little bit like 'A Walk to Remember,' but with martial arts," Michael Baumgartner, writer, director and co-producer, said by phone Tuesday. "This is a film about a kid who needs better guidance and better friends."
The cast list reads like a who's who in the martial arts world with names like Tara Cardinal, Daniel Moncada, Matthew Ziff, Adrienne Camille, Alan Goldberg, Glenn Wilson, Gerry Blanck, Rick St. Clair, Eric Kovaleski, Olando "The Warrior" Rivera, and Bill "Superfoot" Wallace.
"It's a Clint Eastwood-y type of film," Baumgartner said.
For casting, bring headshots, and be prepared to do a screen test. Baumgartner, who spent time in Brevard when he was growing up in Orlando, is looking for extras. Lots of extras.
"We need a lot of people for school, extras that could be the students, extras for the parking lot, the hallways, the classroom," he said.