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Casting is now under way for a new actor to play the son of Alex O’Connell in the Mummy 3. Read on:

IGN has learned that the character of Alex O’Connell, the son of protagonists Rick and Evelyn O’Connell, will return in The Mummy 3 (a.k.a. Mummy: Curse of the Dragon). Casting is now under way for a new actor to play the role.

Alex was introduced as a precocious 10 year-old wisecracker in 2001′s The Mummy Returns, where he was played by English child actor Freddie Boath.

The script pages being used to audition actors for the role — pages penned by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar — depict Alex as being in his late teens to early 20s. He is every bit the smartass adventurer his dad is, right down to his penchant for firearms and glib remarks.

The three-page scene being used to audition actors is set in a snowy wilderness and has Rick and Alex comparing their preferred weaponry. The scene’s humor relies on the phallic overtones of their exchange.

Rick brings along his collection of vintage weaponry, including a Tommy gun and long-barreled .45 caliber revolver. Alex prefers the state-of-the art, namely the Walther P-38 and the AK-47, a weapon that he tells his dad has not even come out yet. This would set the story prior to 1947, and after 1938 since it includes the Walther P-38. (The Mummy Returns was set in 1933.)

The roguish Alex has been through nine schools in three years, plays poker and has gotten into trouble before with a headmaster’s daughter. He is resourceful and wily, and is essentially Rick 2.0. Alex also mentions at one point that he digs up relics, so it can be assumed he is an archaeologist or treasure hunter of some sort.

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