Soaring career for Aussie Kite star

He may have only just turned 18, but Clontarf-raised actor Callan McAuliffe is living the sort of Hollywood life most stars twice his age can only dream of.

In just over a fortnight, McAuliffe is due to fly to South Africa where he will begin shooting the big budget action thriller, Kite, based on a Japanese cult anime comic and starring opposite one of his biggest heroes, Samuel L Jackson.

"I’m pretty damn happy about it," McAuliffe told PS from his Hollywood home.

"I’ve always wanted to work with him. I’m essentially playing an assassin and we’re filming in Johannesburg. I tend to look at these things from a slightly unorthodox perspective, in that I am very lucky to get a part, and hope there is a little bit of talent in there too."

Following the Kite shoot he is due to walk the red carpet with Leonardo DiCaprio for the highly anticipated Great Gatsby world premiere, in which he plays a young Jay Gatsby.

And the remainder of 2013 looks busy, with the young actor up for four major roles.

"I don’t really miss Sydney because I know it will always be there and with technology, things like Facebook, I keep in touch with my old mates," McAuliffe said.

"I even get to shoot them pretty regularly on Xbox, so I’m probably doing the same things with my friends here in LA as I would in Clontarf, we’re just on different sides of the planet."

McAuliffe was most recently seen in Robert Connolly’s Underground: The Julian Assange Story that premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, in which he played one of Assange’s teenage friends.

The story Soaring career for Aussie Kite star first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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