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Talk about history repeating itself.

After you've read this item, take a look in the mirror (guys that is) and see whether you resemble Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones or Peter Tork.

Who?, our younger readers will cry. But Tertius's loyal boomers will recognize them immediately as members of the 1966-68 television pop phenomenon The Monkees.

The CHUM/CITY-TV building on Queen's West in Toronto is turning back the clock today, with a casting call for aspiring actors to play the group in a biopic called Daydream Believers: The Story of The Monkees, which will begin shooting next month.

Neil Fearnley, the director of this future Oscar-contending project, says enthusiastically: "There is an electricity to The Monkees phenomenon that is as powerful now as it ever was, and we're going to set it loose again."

The group shattered sales records set by Elvis Presley and The Beatles and had three No. 1 hits: Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer and Daydream Believer.

Given that the original Monkees were themselves recruited from a casting call and assembled as a ready-to-go band for a TV series, the sense of déja vu is inescapable.

As the worldwide casting advisory notes: "The four leads will be cast for their acting ability and resemblence to the original band members, rather than musical ability."

Say no more.

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