Blatz doing Disney double duty in 'Runners,' 'Stone'


Disney is high on Kelly Blatz.

The actor has landed a starring role in his second live-action pilot for Jetix, the action-adventure programming block that airs on Toon Disney. Just last month, he was tapped to star on "Aaron Stone" (HR 9/24).

Blatz now has been cast in "Sky Runners," from executive producer/writer Rick Okie. The half-hour comedy, described as a modern-day "Odd Couple" with a UFO twist, revolves around two brothers, Tyler and big brother Nick (Blatz), who encounter a UFO one night after football practice. While they are divided on what to do with the UFO at first, they end up keeping it after learning that their new "toy" can fly them anywhere they want.

Peter Bray is producing, while Ralph Hemecker is set to direct the pilot, which begins shooting this week.

In "Stone," Blatz stars as an ordinary 16-year-old whose life is altered when a rich recluse wants him to take his video game alter ego on for real because he believes that Charlie has what it takes to save the world. Tania Gunadi also has come aboard that project, which is from Shaftesbury Prods. and Bruce Kalish. Gunadi plays Emma, a computer-savvy tomboy and girl next door.

Disney execs have employed a similar strategy of casting talent in multiple projects with other young actors, including Selena Gomez, who stars in Disney Channel's series "Wizards of Waverly Place," which debuted Friday.

Jetix targets kids 6-11. It airs every day on Toon Disney in the U.S. but also can be seen around the world.

Blatz next appears in Screen Gems' remake of "Prom Night" and the indie feature "From Within." He is repped by APA, Luber Roklin Entertainment and attorney Alan Hergott.

Gunadi, whose credits include FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," next appears in the feature "Bob Funk." She is repped by Stone Manners Agency and manager Adam Seid of Bohemia Management.