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Walt Disney Pictures feature film 'Prom' Veteran and Newbie Actors Mix It Up

Walt Disney Pictures "Prom" hits Theaters Friday, April 29, 2011
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From Walt Disney Pictures comes the dramatic comedy “Prom,” directed by Joe Nussbaum, written by Katie Wech and produced by Justin Springer and Ted Griffin, with Samson Mücke serving as executive producer. Producers Justin Springer (“TRON: Legacy”) and Ted Griffin (“Up in the Air”) are responsible for bringing “Prom” to Disney.

At “Prom,” every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; “Prom” portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s a battle of wills as she fi nds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De’Vaughn Nixon) harbor secrets, while others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there’s only one “Prom.”

Who's Going To Prom?

With fourteen characters integral to the story of “Prom,” the goal was to get the best cast possible so that this movie can stand up over time—just as John Hughes’ “Pretty in Pink” and Cameron Crowe’s “Say Anything” continue to entertain teenagers and adults to this day.

Producer Justin Springer states, “Casting was top of the list for us in what we had to do to make a great movie. The big thing was finding great actors. We spent a lot of time and put a lot of emphasis on finding the right actors for each of the roles.”

As for that process, he continues, “Marcia Ross, Gail Goldberg and Brittainy Roberts of Disney casting saw over 2,000 actors over the course of about four months. Then, Joe and I would see hundreds of actors for call backs.”

Director Joe Nussbaum elaborates, “The casting process was long and involved. We looked at hundreds of kids, knowing that we were looking for kids who’d never been in anything. We really had to scour and just turn over every rock and look down every avenue.”

Producer Justin Springer says, “There were certain kids we would see, and we were like ‘they have to be in our movie!’ They might not be our top choice for one role, but we wanted them in our movie, so we would then consider them for the other roles.”

Nussbaum admits, “It was exciting to look for people who are new and be open to whoever is right for the role—not worrying about name value.”

In the end, Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, De’Vaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Yin Chang, Jared Kusnitz, Nolan Sotillo, Cameron Monaghan, Kylie Bunbury, Joe Adler, Janelle Ortiz, Jonathan Keltz, Nicholas Braun and Raini Rodriguez—14 actors with distinct personalities—won their roles and became the talented ensemble cast of “Prom.”