SHORT TAKES : Grandson of 'Godfather' Sought

From Times Staff and wire service reports

Paramount Pictures is launching a worldwide casting search to find a young actor-singer or opera singer to play the son of the powerful Don Michael Corleone in director Francis Ford Copolla's upcoming third edition of "The Godfather."

The film maker is looking for an Italo-American tenor in his mid-20s who could play the son of Michael Corleone, who was portrayed by Al Pacino. The pivotal role will feature the successful tenor singing two arias from the classic Sicilian opera "Cavalleria Rusticana" in the scenes to be filmed on location in Palermo, Italy.

The third act of "The Godfather" begins in New York City in 1979 and continues the story of the Corleone family, first chronicled by Mario Puzo in his best-selling novel "The Godfather."

Casting directors have already seen more than 200 candidates, but the role is still considered to be open.

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