1. Headline
  1. Headline
updated 5/23/2006 7:17:49 PM ET 2006-05-23T23:17:49

A role in a film starring Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore is the prize awaiting contestants in a new TV talent contest.

  1. More Entertainment stories
    1. Autistic ballerina dances her way into hearts

      In a popular YouTube video, the beaming little ballerina dances an entire four-minute routine seemingly perfectly, matchin...

    2. Every on-screen drink in 'Mad Men' in 5 minutes
    3. See the 'Dancing' stars' most memorable moves
    4. Emmy's biggest snubs? Cranston, Hamm, more
    5. 'Toy Story' toys burn up in prank on mom

“Looking for Stars,” which will follow about 200 aspiring actors from tryouts to the winner’s appearance on the set of Revolution Studios’ film “Next,” is untraditional: It will play on the Starz premium channel in 10-minute episodes.

The 14-episode contest, which the channel has dubbed a “micro-series,” will debut at 8:50 p.m. ET on June 19 and air through September.

A casting call in January drew thousands of would-be stars to compete for audition spots in New York, Las Vegas, Orlando and Kansas City. Eight semifinalists ultimately got tickets to the finals in Hollywood.

The winner, who will get a speaking part in the sci-fi action film, will be chosen by actor-director Melanie Mayron (“thirtysomething”), Revolution Studios executive Brad Sexton and Alan Hunter, an original MTV VJ.

“Next,” which also stars Jessica Biel, is directed by Lee Tamahori (“Die Another Day”) and is planned for a 2007 release.

© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Keir Simmons Via Instagram

    'Hugging my children closer': Reporter home after covering MH17 crash

    8/1/2014 8:33:03 PM +00:00 2014-08-01T20:33:03
  1. Priscilla Motola

    Oh. My. Geep. Meet the half goat, half sheep who is all cuteness

    8/1/2014 9:05:08 PM +00:00 2014-08-01T21:05:08
  1. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

    Teens affected by terrorism find healing, peace at inspiring camp

    8/1/2014 9:32:07 PM +00:00 2014-08-01T21:32:07
  1. US scrambles to retrieve Ebola-infected Americans

    Health officials are trying to bring two American patients infected with Ebola virus back from West Africa for treatment.The State Department said it was helping organize the evacuations over the “coming days.”

    8/1/2014 3:47:06 PM +00:00 2014-08-01T15:47:06
  1. Matt York / AP

    Mansion or shack? That's the million-dollar question

    8/1/2014 6:47:36 PM +00:00 2014-08-01T18:47:36