Phillips taps newcomers for ‘Project X’

Unknown thesps to star in Warner Bros.' low-budget comedy

Todd Phillips has lined up a fresh crop of thesps for his low-budget laffer “Project X.”

Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor, Thomas Mann and Alexis Knapp will topline the pic. Phillips is producing, with blurb helmer Nima Nourizadeh making his feature directing debut from a script penned by Matt Drake and Michael Bacall, who wrote the original treatment of the story.

Phillips has made a point of keeping almost everything about the film under wraps since its announcement in April — including the title. Cast members have been barred from taking the script out of the production office.

While tenpercenteries were invited to suggest new talent for the project, Phillips also created a website, projectxopencall.com, where young thesps could submit their own audition vids.

Plot details have also been scarce for some time and had only been described as an “outrageous high-concept” story, but insiders now say the story revolves around a group of kids documenting a house party that suddenly goes awry. Like “Cloverfield,” the movie would unfold from the point of view of the person videotaping the party.

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Warner Bros. will distribute with Phillips producing through his Green Hat Films shingle, along with Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures, who will also produce. Scott Budnick, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are also on board as exec producers.

Production begins on Tuesday the pic bows on Nov 23, 2011.

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