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Last Updated: Tuesday July 18 2006 06:49 GMT

JK inspired Stormbreaker author

Stormbreaker's Alex Pettyfer and Ewan McGregor at the premiere
Hundreds of fans turned up to greet the star-studded cast of teenage spy movie Stormbreaker at the premiere of the film in London's Leicester Square.

Many of them were there to see 16-year-old Alex Pettyfer, who plays the lead role of Alex Rider.

The film is based on Anthony Horowitz's best-selling book of the same name.

The author told reporters that he was inspired by Potter writer JK Rowling. He said: "Without her, there would be no Stormbreaker. I owe her a debt."

Alex was picked from hundreds of hopefuls to play the part, which is being billed as the biggest teen role since Dan Radcliffe was cast as Harry Potter.

His co-stars include Ewan McGregor, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Nighy, Damian Lewis and Mickey Rourke.

Ewan, who plays Alex Rider's uncle, said his young co-star would be able to cope with his new-found celebrity.

"He's got a very wise head on his shoulders, so he doesn't need any advice from me," said the Star Wars actor.



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