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Bronte movie’s casting is in Sarah’s hands
11:30am Saturday 11th January 2014 in News
A woman who began her casting career on blockbuster movie Bat-man Begins has become casting director for the new £10 million Bronte biopic.
Sarah Leung is responsible for seeking actresses to play the iconic real-life roles of the famous writing sisters.
Sarah, a former dancer and actress, is working closely with director David Anthony Thomas to cast the movie.
Production company Clothworkers Films revealed a fortnight ago that actress Rachel Teate, from TV series Wolfblood, will play Anne Bronte.
Sarah, whose appointment was announced on Twitter, this week told the Keighley News she was thrilled to be working on the film.
She said she will be responsible for finding actors for all the speaking roles and will carry out in-depth research into each character.
Sarah added: “It is essential I am on the same page as the director and have the same vision.
“I will produce my lists and ideas for the director and producers to choose from and discuss.
“I do have actors that spring to mind but also I like to think outside the box and have a good choice for the director to choose from.”
Sarah had sung and danced since the age of three, leaving Man-chester aged 16 to study dance and drama at college.
She worked first as a dancer, then as an actress, but her career path changed after she worked as a production assistant on Batman Begins in 2004. She said: “I realised I had a passion for casting after meeting the casting director, Lucinda Syson. I haven’t looked back since.”
Since then, Sarah has worked as a casting assistant on many high-profile films and TV series, including Shameless, Life On Mars, Waterloo Road and Luther.
She has worked on almost 20 projects in all, mostly short films, as well as full-length movie Fortune Cookies and K, and a music video for pop star Tulisa.