Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's Family Film 'Little Boy' Introduces Actor (Video)

The film fought a losing battle with the MPAA over its PG-13 rating with the filmmakers and distributor Open Road arguing for a PG designation for their family movie.

Little Boy, executive produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey and set for release April 24, will introduce its young star to prospective moviegoers via an Internet video.

In the video, Jakob Salvati, now 11 but younger when the film was shooting, drives around the set in a golf cart, hobnobs with the other actors and director Alejandro Monteverde, describes the plot of the film then shows the movie wrap followed by a tearful goodbye.

In Little Boy, Salvati plays a 7-year-old boy. He is small for his age and is picked on by the town bullies, and he is devastated after his father ships off to fight the Japanese and is therefore determined to find a way to end World War II as quickly as possible.

Little Boy fought a losing battle with the MPAA over its PG-13 rating, with the filmmakers and distributor Open Road arguing for a PG designation for their family film. The MPAA, though, said themes of war and racism necessitated the more restrictive rating.

The video should hit the Internet shortly, but The Hollywood Reporter has it in advance, embedded above.

Email: Paul.Bond@THR.com

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