Producers working on ROCKY BALBOA, the fifth ROCKY sequel, held an open audition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, yesterday (03DEC05) which attracted hundreds of hopefuls.

Sylvester Stallone, who was Oscar-nominated in 1976 for his leading role and screenplay for the original Rocky movie, has already started filming in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And when filming switches to Rocky's hometown Philadelphia next year (06), producers have set aside a role for a local aspiring actor because they want the film to be as authentic as possible.

Casting director DIANE HEERY says, "They want the character and personality of Philadelphia. We're looking for the face to the story of Philadelphia. We're looking for real people."