That open casting call for Hugh Jackman's Real Steel co-star we told you about last month? Looks like the nationwide search didn't turn up a talented unknown to fill the part of Jackman's son in DreamWorks' robot-boxing movie after all.
According to The HollywoodReporter, the role went to 11-year-old Canadian actor Dakota Goyo, who previously appeared with Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett in 2007's Resurrecting the Champ.
The sci-fi movie is based on a story by Richard Matheson that director Shawn Levy has described as "a father/son action drama set in the near future, surrounding the sport of robot boxing." In a world where robot boxing has replaced the human version, a former boxer gets a shot at redemption when he teams up with his long-lost son to train an unusual robot for a shot at the championships.
Production on Real Steel will begin in June, with Disney set to release the film on Nov. 18, 2011.