“Hook,” Steven Spielberg’s 1991 sequel to “Peter Pan,” boasted not only an adult Peter Pan (Robin Williams) and Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), but also a bunch of kids taking on the roles of the Lost Boys. In Peter’s absence, the group was run by Rufio (Dante Basco).
Almost thirty years on, the role remains Basco’s most well-known work. And now he’s been listed as an executive producer on “Bangarang,” a new short film project which just launched a $30,000 Kickstarter campaign. The short is effectively a prequel spin-off focusing on Rufio, before the mohawk and Neverland.
In the short Roofus is a 13-year-old kid who is destined to be more than the foster home kid he found himself becoming. Now, he and his rag-tag group of best friends including a Jamaican boy named Julani and a bright-eyed latina named Ella, find a way for Roofus to escape his ill fate and fulfil his destiny.
No actors are committed to the film yet, but young L.A.-based actors can submit video auditions of themselves for the film with an email address provided on the Kickstarter page.