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Jackson native talks about lead role in movie 'Blackbird'

HATTIESBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

When Jackson native and University of Southern Mississippi student Julian Walker submitted an online audition for a role in a movie, he never thought he would have actually landed it.

And it was just any part, it was a leading role.

Just less than a year ago Blackbird  was being filmed in Hattiesburg and Julian Walker was just a student attending the University of Southern Mississippi with a chance of a lifetime.  

"I  would never think in a million years that I would have the lead role playing with Oscar winner Mo'nique and a phenomenal actor like Isaiah Washington,  so I'm just amazed, Walker said.  

Walker took a chance and submitted an online audition for the role and after meeting with Director Patrick Polk he received the part.  

"When I found out I was overwhelmed, I was excited, it didn't feel real," Walker added.  

The Jackson native plays a 17-year-old high school choir boy who lives in a conservative Mississippi town.  

"Blackbird is about a kid named Randy and he's just, it's a coming of age story you know he's dealing with so many different things from you know his sexuality, his sister going missing, his parents separating, teen pregnancy...",  Walker explained.  

Although his role might seem controversial to some, he hopes he makes a difference.  

"I'm hoping that someone will be able to say like wow that's me, you know, or wow my family went through something like that. And if someone can just be touched by this experience and by this film you know that's the only thing that matters to me," Walker added.  

Blackbird premiered this past weekend at a film festival. For now the student is focused on graduating and his acting career.  

"I have to do a few more festivals throughout this year and at this moment for the film we're trying to find a distributor for it and I do have a few auditions that are coming up, so I'm just really excited for my career to possibly take off," Walker said.  

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