ACTION MAN: Alstonville teenager Nicholas Hamilton, 14, has been cast in the film Captain Fantastic.
ACTION MAN: Alstonville teenager Nicholas Hamilton, 14, has been cast in the film Captain Fantastic. Contributed

Alstonville teen actor heading for Hollywood

ALSTONVILLE teenager Nicholas Hamilton is well on his way to super-stardom after landing a role in the new film Captain Fantastic alongside Viggo Mortensen who played Aragorn in Lord of the Rings.

The drama is about an idealistic father who returns to society after living off the grid for a decade in the Pacific Northwest with his children.

After a worldwide search to cast Mortensen's brood, the 14-year-old was selected among five other actors, George Mackay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell.

Nicholas and his mother Vicki Dobrunz boarded a plane on Thursday night headed for the US after his American O1 Visa was approved.

Filming for Captain Fantastic is expected to begin in a few days.

In 2013, the up and coming superstar took out the award for best Male Actor at the 2013 Tropfest Short Film Festival - an accolade fellow Australia actor Sam Worthington picked up in 2001.

In an interview with The Northern Star last year, Nicholas said his acting career might never have kicked off if it wasn't for him landing a role in his school play as Elvis, which was followed by the death of his uncle Ross.

"My uncle Ross, who died of cancer when my acting career kicked off in 2011, was a great role model," he said.

"When he passed away I knew I had to pursue acting for him."

Nicholas said he one day hopes to land a role in a comedy alongside Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey.

His role in Captain Fantastic comes off the back of a key supporting role in the Australian feature film Strangerland, opposite Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes.



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