Flood of ‘Spud’ movie casting leaks surface online

2010-03-06 00:00

THE producers of Spud the movie, may be wanting to keep cast information a state secret, but for anyone with access to the Internet, information is leaking out thick and fast.

Yesterday’s Times broke the news that James Murray, a Michaelhouse pupil who matriculated last year, and two current pupils at the Balgowan school — Josh Goddard and Tom Burne — have been cast in the film version of John van de Ruit’s popular books.

Journalist Zandile Mbabela said Murray will play the role of Bert, a prefect and eccentric sidekick of camp prefect Julian, while Goddard will play Charlie “Mad Dog” Hooper and Burne the rather demented Vern “Rain Man” Blackadder.

In a letter sent to parents on February 10 (which I found online), Michaelhouse rector Guy Pearson congratulates Goddard and Burne on being selected for the film. He also congratulates Matthew Butler, another pupil, for getting the role of Happy Clappy Boy.

Blogging site RapidBlue seems to have an inside track on casting news and claimed yesterday that Durban High School pupil Blessing Xaba has been cast as Crazy Eight member Sidney “Fatty” Smitherson-Scott. On March 1 it revealed that Sven Rygrok, who matriculated from Beaulieu College, north of Johannesburg, has been cast as Robert “Rambo” Black, leader of the Crazy Eight.

Durban high school Glenwood’s website states that two of its pupils — Jamie Royal and Byron Langley — will play Crazy Eight members Henry “Gecko” Barker, Spud’s sickly but smart best friend, and Simon Brown, an exceptional sportsman.

Over on Facebook, Durban-born actress Tanit Phoenix confirmed she landed the role of drama teacher Eve Wilkinson on February 19.

None of this has been confirmed by the filmmakers, but, if it’s true, they will join veteran British actor, John Cleese, (playing eccentric English teacher The Guv); South African-born Australian actor Troye Sivan (playing the title role of John “Spud” Milton); and Durban comedian Aaron McIlroy (Spud’s dad), on the set of the movie.

Filming is expected to get under way at Michaelhouse next week.

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