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March 2, 1998
 




Jason Raize, the 22-year-old star of Disney's Broadway hit "The Lion King," will take a short break from his Simba role this summer to make his feature film debut. The untitled film is about New Jersey high school kids who complete in annual fashion competitions between local schools. John Avildsen ("Rocky" and "The Karate Kid") will direct the independent project. "I'm calling it the untitled 'Romeo and Juliet' in Hoboken," Avildsen said. "It's kids and their dreams to be in the fashion industry. There are these modeling clubs where kids who are not affluent get a sense of worth and self-esteem trying to realize their dreams of breaking out of their eight-block world by making their own clothes or modeling them." Raize plays an aspiring Hispanic model who bonds with an Italian girl who works in her father's tailor shop and puts together her own clothing creations. The wannabe model has romantic designs on the girl, even though both families don't approve of the romance because of the ethnic differences. The script is by Virginia Clark and Marjorie Short.



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