Dax Flame and a Bunch of Other Nobodies Cast in Todd Phillips “Project X”

"The Hangover" director Todd Phillips is parlaying some of his newfound money and juice to make a college party comedy starring a bunch of newcomers. So who is this motley crew of nobodies?

Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor and Alexis Knapp have been cast in "Project X," reported Variety.

The film will be "shot in cinema-vérité style, where the audience will experience the party only through the first-person observer view of the camera, so essentially, we will be at the party too," an insider told First Showing back in April.

Phillips held open auditions, encouraging basically anyone to submit a three-minute audition tape. Presumably there were thousands of submissions. We look forward to the day when these are released as part of the film's DVD.

The name that jumps out at us is that of Dax Flame, who enjoyed a measure of fame (infamy?) some years ago for his YouTube vlog. It was a mesmerizing collection of diatribes from a nasally, maladjusted loser -- but you could never be sure if it was a put on or if this kid was legitimately damaged. The kid's got something, though we can't be sure it's "talent" exactly.

Beyond Flame, there are scraps of some of the other names floating around cyberspace.

Miles Teller's face is vaguely familiar, though we can't place him. His IMDB page says he's gonna be in the new "Footloose" and Nicole Kidman's "Rabbit Hole."

Kirby Bliss Blanton has appeared on "Zooey 101," "Entourage" and "Hannah Montana," leaving her totally anonymous to the "Project X" target audience.

There's a stand-up comedian named Oliver Cooper with no shortage of videos in cyberspace who's age-appropriate, though it's unclear it's the right guy.

Nima Nourizadeh, who's worked with acts like Hot Chip, Santogold and Dizzie Rascal among others, will direct the $12-million feature that begins shooting on June 14, reported Deadline Hollywood. Nourizadeh apparently got the job largely on the strength of an Adidas commercial he filmed.

Shooting starts next week with an eye toward a Nov. 23, 2011, release. We'll be there.

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