CBS is looking for ‘Dutch actor with North African appearance’

The makers of the film that studio CBS will make of the book Bestsellerboy by Mano Bouzamour are looking for a young Dutch actor who will play the lead role. They posted an ad on Saturday online in which Dutch boys ‘between 18 and 24 years old with acting talent and a North African appearance are asked to report.

The American studio is going to make a ten-part Dutch television series of Bouzamour‘s book. It is the first time that CBS has developed a Dutch-language production in this way. AVROTROS is a co-producer and will broadcast the series in the Netherlands.

Bestsellerboy is the second novel by the 30-year-old writer after The Promise of Pisa. The book is about the adventures of a young Amsterdam writer of Moroccan origin whose life turns upside down when he writes a bestseller. The recordings are expected to take place in Amsterdam and Morocco in the second half of 2021.

Tricky combination

โ€œIt’s a tricky combination of qualifications that makes finding a good protagonist difficult,โ€ says director Norbert ter Hall. โ€œAge, availability, sporty, the looks of a protagonist and love for language. But we‘re going to find him.โ€ Ter Hall emphasises that actors who are already undergoing training, as well as young people with talent who are not enrolled in a theatre school.

Candidates may register until 12 February via casting agency Oimundo. The series will be the first project of the new production company Midpoint Film & TV by Dutch screenwriters Robert Alberdingk Thijm (A’dam-eva), Pieter Bart Korthuis (Penoza) and Franky Ribbens (Hollands Hoop). They write the screenplay for Bestsellerboy together with Bouzamour.

It is the second book by the success author to be filmed; previously screenwriter Alberdingk Thijm and director Norbert ter Hall made a film of The Promise of Pisa. The coming of age story received rave reviews and protagonist Shahine el-Hamus won a Golden Calf for his performance.