Breslin lands title role in Disney ‘Kid’

Pic begins lensing Jan. 17

After spending several months looking at more than 2,000 young boys around the country, helmer Jon Turteltaub and the Walt Disney Co. have closed a deal with newcomer Spencer Breslin to co-star with Bruce Willis in “The Kid.”

Spencer, 7-1/2 years old, hails from New York City.

“The Kid” revolves around a boy who encounters his 40-year-old self.

Turteltaub told Daily Variety: “Spencer stole the part. He’s a killer and hilarious. If we didn’t find a great kid, we wouldn’t have made the movie.”

Pic begins lensing Jan. 17 in Los Angeles and will be produced by Turteltaub, Christina Steinberg and Hunt Lowry, with David Willis (“The Whole Nine Yards”) exec producing.

Meanwhile, Emily Mortimer has landed the female lead in the pic. The British stage-trained actress, who was in “Notting Hill” and “Elizabeth,” recently wrapped “Scream 3” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

Spencer is repped by Mara LaPoff and Bob Preston at Cunningham, Escott, Dipene. Mortimer is repped by ICM’s Nick Styne, Carter Cohn and Harriett Robinson and managed by David Adamson of Hofflund Polone.

Michael Fleming in New York contributed to this report.

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