Open Casting Call for 'Transformers'

Are you a teenager with more than meets the eye? Then Michael Bay might want you for his upcoming "Transformers" film.

Central Casting in Burbank is holding an open casting call on Thursday, June 29 for actors to play high school students in the big-screen adaptation of the popular 1980s cartoon and toy line.

Performers can be as young as 16 and as old as 23 as long as you look like your only worries are hanging out with friends, talking on the phone or prom. That means that 30-something fans who grew up watching the original TV series are not invited to show up wearing droopy jeans, tiny tank tops or Nike Cross Trainers in a lame attempt to recapture youth and live a fantasy movie role.

Because of the emphasis on looking like a school-age student, it's assumed that that's what the roles will be and not robots in disguise. This live action with CG version of "Transformers" seems to have a human-heavy plot judging by the previous casting announcements. So far the cast consists of Shia LaBeouf, Bernie Mac, John Voight, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Megan Fox, Rachael Taylor and Amaury Nolasco.

Actors meeting the casting requirements should be able to shoot July 10-12. Thursday's open call will be held in the evening. For more information, call (818) 503-3329.

"Transformers" centers on two opposing factions of giant sentient robots -- the peaceful Autobots and wily Decepticons -- that can morph into various transportation vehicles and other odd devices. The film is scheduled for an Independece Day 2007 release.