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Kit Cranston, from Meopham, to star in film with Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Spacey

An eight-year-old boy will line-up alongside Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Spacey after landing his first big screen role.

Kit Cranston secured a part in Ridley Scott’s new film All The Money In The World after being snapped up by leading talent agency MB Talent.

The Meopham youngster’s acting acumen was spotted as he honed his skills at performing arts school Make Believe Sevenoaks, which tutors children in dance, acting and singing.

Kit Cranston is starring on the big screen.
Kit Cranston is starring on the big screen.

Now Kit is looking forward to leaving Kent for Italy to film the drama, based on the 1973 kidnapping of the son of American oil billionaire J Paul Getty.

He will be playing the part of Mark Getty, one of J Paul’s other sons.

The principal of Make Believe Sevenoaks Kim Thursfield said: “Kit is incredibly confident and I knew he would be perfect for the agency.

“I am so proud to have one of my own students being so successful.

“Kit goes on so many auditions and I am looking forward to what the future holds for him.”

The story is being written by David Scarpa and is expected to closely follow real life events, which saw the kidnappers blackmail the Getty family in order to secure a $2.9m ransom before setting the teenager free.

Kevin Spacey. Picture: AP Photo/E.J. Flynn
Kevin Spacey. Picture: AP Photo/E.J. Flynn

In addition to Hollywood heavyweights Wahlberg and Spacey, Kit will be joined in the cast by Michelle Williams, who starred in Martin Scorcese’s Shutter Island. Kit, who said he was excited and not nervous at all about the prospect of appearing in the film, is one of around 3,500 children who take part in Make Believe classes across the country.

Founder Joel Kern said: “I could not be prouder. This is exactly why we do what we do and I’m delighted that a special young boy such as Kit is achieving such wonderful things.

“It has only been 16 months since Kit began his journey with us and look what has been accomplished in that time. Here is to his future and I have no doubt that this is only the stepping stone of more things to come.”

Make Believe is based at Lady Boswell’s Church of England Primary School in Plymouth Drive, Sevenoaks.

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