A casting call has been issued for the filming of "The Little Red Wagon" in and around Charleston. Production will begin in late May for the new movie, based on the true story of a 6-year-old boy whose efforts to help after a Florida hurricane turned into a national effort to assist homeless children.

The casting call will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the film's production office, 620 Dobbin Road, off U.S. Highway 17 in West Ashley.

Children ages 9 to 11, and adults 18 to 80 are invited to audition for the more than 40 parts. Headshots requested.

"Little Red Wagon" is based on the story of Zach Bonner, who in 2004 collected 27 pickup trucks full of supplies to help neighbors hit by Hurricane Charlie. He established a foundation to help homeless kids and distributed 400 backpacks full of school supplies. Now age 12, Bonner has raised more than $1 million and has begun a "March Across America" to raise awareness of the plight of homeless children.

"We're especially pleased to welcome this uplifting family film to South Carolina," said Chad Prosser, director of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, parent agency of the S.C. Film Commission.

Casting calls and production updates also can be found in the NEWS section of the website at www.FilmSC.com. For more information, call 803-737-0490 or e-mail filmsc@scprt.com.