Colin Ford Cast as Joe McAlister on Under the Dome
Not so long before Under the Dome, Colin Ford was born September 12, 1996. He is an American actor and voice actor.
Colin Ford was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He enjoyed being in front of the camera which led to his start in the entertainment business.
At age 4, Colin Ford modeled for print ads for regional and national retailers. At age 5, Colin broke into film as Clinton Jr. in the feature film, Sweet Home Alabama. He obtained more roles in independent films such as Moved, The Book of Jaene and When Harry Met Lloyd: Dumb and Dumberer.
In 2004, Colin Ford portrayed Matthew Steed in the movie, The Work and the Glory. 2005 marked a whirlwind year that began with a high profile photo shoot with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for W Magazine. This was immediately followed by a trip to Vancouver with Tom Welling and the cast of Smallville. Following Smallville, Colin reprised his role as Matthew Steed in The Work and the Glory: American Zion, Colin then played a lead role, as Jackson Patch in The Dog Days of Summer, along with veteran actor Will Patton.
Capping off a busy year, Colin was back in Vancouver, playing Zeph, the son of Jason Statham’s and Claire Forlani’s characters in the epic adventure, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, which was released in theaters January 2008.
In addition to print, television and film, Colin also has a passion for voice work. Colin earned the role of Dart, the reindeer, performing with Kathy Bates, Andy Griffith, Jay Leno, Ed Asner, Shirley Jones, and many others in the feature film, Christmas Is Here Again.
He starred in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, which was released in December 2011. He played the young son of a three-part family, with Matt Damon as the father.
As far as television goes, Colin has also appeared on Supernatural, Hawaii 5-0, Revolution, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Close to Home.
When Colin Ford is not acting he enjoys skateboarding, basketball and football. He attended Campbell Hall School, the same school as his We Bought a Zoo costar, Elle Fanning. He now attends Oaks Christian Online High School, a college preparatory school.
Colin Ford has been nominated for eight Young Artist Awards, winning three for Supernatural, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
On Under the Dome, Colin Ford will play Joe, whom according to Wikipedia, has to grow up very fast,
A smart teenager whose parents are trapped outside of the barrier.
This might differ slightly from how the character is in the Under the Dome book,
Joseph “Scarecrow Joe” McClatchey – A thirteen-year old student at Chester’s Mill Middle School. Joe is a dedicated skateboarder along with his two friends, Norrie Calvert and Benny Drake. Mature and intelligent beyond his years, Joe is one of the first in town to seek answers for the cause of the Dome rather than try to establish a semblance of an order. One of the 26 survivors of the Dome.
It seems that there are many alterations from the Under the Dome novel. Britt Robertson will be playing Angie, who is supposed to be his sister. In the Under the Dome novel, the two characters are not related.
In the book, Joe’s parents might actually still be in Chester’s Mill when the dome comes down on Dome Day. Only his mother, Claire, is mentioned as a potential character. We will have to wait until Under the Dome actually premieres on June 24th on CBS to find out how exactly this character will be adapted.
UPDATE: From CBS.com:
Character: Joe McAlister
Actor: Colin Ford
A whip-smart, adventurous spirit, Joe becomes entranced by the dome when it descends upon Chester’s Mill. With his truck-driver father and his mother both trapped on the other side of the wall, and his older sister, Angie, missing, we find that Joe may have a connection to the dome that he, and no one else, can quite explain.