PHOENIX -- Moviegoers who see the upcoming film "Earth to Echo" might recognize one of its stars. 15-year-old Reese Hartwig was born and raised in Glendale before moving to Los Angeles, California. Now, he stars as "Munch" in the summer adventure movie.
Hartwig's family moved out of Arizona for his father's work, which is making picture cars for movies. Hartwig said his dad already being in the movie industry got him into acting.
"He was already in the business," Hartwig said. "He kind of showed me around and I was like 'well, we might as well, we live in LA.'"
"Earth to Echo" is Hartwig's first major film production, but certainly not his first step into acting. Hartwig has been acting for 6 years and has been in a number of commercials, TV shows like "NCIS," and even did voice work for the video game "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim."
In "Earth to Echo," "Munch," Hartwig's character, and his best friends get a strange message on their phones. The message turns out to be from an alien stranded on Earth, which leads the crew on an adventure where they discover that the highway being built through their neighborhood isn't exactly what it seems.
Hartwig will also feature in the upcoming Disney movie "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." The film stars Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell and will be out in October.
"Earth to Echo" will be in theaters nationwide on July 2 and is rated PG.