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Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 08/11/2011

‘Barefoot Bandit’ signs $1.3 million movie deal: Who should play him?

Colton Harris-Moore. (AP/HO)
Colton Harris-Moore spent two years on the lam, stealing from the rich, crashing their planes and somehow eluding police. The Barefoot Bandit, as he was known, became a folk hero with his own fan club and merchandise before he was captured in June, pleaded guilty to seven charges and wound up facing six years in prison.

Now he’s reportedly signed a $1.3 million movie deal with Fox, with the proceeds from said deal going toward the $1.4 million he owes his victims in restitution.

While we wish that Leonardo DiCaprio could reprise his similar con artist “Catch Me If You Can” role, he seems a little long in the tooth for this film. So who should play the now 20-year-old bandito? Celebritology has a few ideas.

Jen’s picks

Nicholas Hoult is Kenny in Tom Ford's "A Single Man." (Eduard Grau - THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY)
Nicholas Hoult

This versatile actor has played everything from playboy teen on the original “Skins” to Colin Firth’s hot young lover in “A Single Man” to Beast in “X-Men: First Class.” He’s got the chops for the part, and there’s also a vague resemblance between Hoult and Harris-Moore.

Anton Yelchin with James Caan. (AP)
Anton Yelchin

Another strong young actor, soon to be seen in the remake of “Fright Night,” Yelchin can exude a self-assurance (see his portrayal of Charlie Bartlett) that would serve the role of a kid who seems to think he can get away with anything.
Aaron Johnson as John Lennon with Anne-Marie Duff. (AP/The Weinstein Company)

Aaron Johnson

As the protagonist in the movie “Kick-Ass,” he had to transform from awkward teen into vigilante superhero. Which — in a twisted and totally illegal way — is what Harris-Moore did.

Sarah’s picks

Josh Hutcherson. (Kevin Winter - GETTY IMAGES)
Josh Hutcherson

Hutcherson is best known for his roles in “Bridge to Terabithia” and the Oscar-nominated “The Kids Are All Right.” But his star is about to rise in a big way, thanks to his role in “The Hunger Games” and its sequels. At just 18, the actor has the actual teenage angst and acting skills for the role. But I have a feeling playing Peeta Mellark is going to compromise his foreseeable future.
Michael Cera with Kat Dennings. (Getty Images)

Michael Cera

The “Arrested Development” actor is at a crossroads: He can forever be typecast as a skinny hipster dude (see: “Scott Pilgrim,” “Youth in Revolt”) or he can try to branch out. And while Cera is a little old for the role at 23, his baby face makes up for it.

What do you think of our casting ideas? Share your own in the comments.

By and  |  01:31 PM ET, 08/11/2011

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