On October 5, 2004, a press conference was held about Billy Elliot.
It was to announce that ''Billy''--or rather, ''Billys''--have been cast. The three unknowns, James Lomas, George McGuire and Liam Mower are between 12 and 14 years of age. They were chosen from thousands who attended open auditions across the UK.
Director Stephen Daldry called the search one of his ''most complex'' assignments. But working with Elton was ''fantastic,'' he added.