Director Baz Luhrmann has vowed to leave "no stone unturned" as he kicks off a massive search for talented new stars to take the lead roles in a stage adaptation of his 1992 film Strictly Ballroom.

The Moulin Rouge! moviemaker is turning his dance film into a stage show in his native Australia, and he is urging aspiring theatre stars to get in touch during the casting process.

Luhrmann hopes the nationwide search for the lead roles of Scott and Fran, made famous by Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice in the movie, will uncover future Aussie superstars.

Speaking during the announcement of Strictly Ballroom: the Musical in Sydney, Australia this week (beg05Aug13), the director told reporters, "I'm from a small country town and we had just 11 houses in that town, so if there's some kid out there in a small country town with 11 houses in it, then please write, go to the website. There will be no stone left unturned in the search for the best Scott and Fran.''

The musical will open at Sydney's Lyric Theatre on 25 March (14). Luhrmann had previously wanted to launch the show this September (13), but the project was put on hold due to delays filming his last big screen offering, The Great Gatsby.