Activision, Disney Need Help Casting Extreme Skate Kids

After a month-long nationwide casting call, Activision Inc. has narrowed its search for real kids to be animated in the upcoming video game Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure. Of the ten youngsters selected to have their likenesses incorporated into the game, only two will nab co-starring roles with Toy Story stars Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

In American Idol style, final selection will be placed in the hands of the general public via an online voting process. This next phase of casting begins today and continues through April 30 at http://www.extremeskateadventure.com.

Online voters will choose one boy and one girl from the group to lead the "Extreme Skate Crew" and receive special prizes. Above all, Activision is looking for enthusiasm and charisma.

The Extreme Skate Crew is Andrew Dolberg, 6, from Cardiff, CA; Hayden Ferris, 11, from Denver, CO; Lauren Filicia, 9, from Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Ryan Fullerton Holleran, 8, from San Diego, CA; Jonathon Gallagher, 14, from Arvada, CO; Miles McConnell, 14, from Aurora, CO; Sam Rosenberg, 12, from Mt. Laurel, NJ; Mallie Ann Torres, 10, from Pedricktown, NJ; Rachel Testa, 12, from Campo, CA; and Matthew Weber, 14, San Diego, CA. The finalists were chosen from among hundreds of kids between the ages of six and 14 years old, who either mailed in their entry or tried out at a live event held at three skate parks across the country in March.

The lucky boy and girl will be flown to Los Angeles and introduced at the video game industry’s annual tradeshow, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure will be available late summer and has not yet been rated by the ESRB.