Michael De Luca Productions and Focus Features in association with Trigger Street Productions are in pre-production on the feature film “Fifty Shades of Grey”, which is based on the hugely popular best-selling novel of the same name by British author E. L. James. Universal Pictures announced on Saturday October 12, 2013 that actor Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the lead role of Christian Grey due to his extremely busy television schedule not allowing him sufficient time to prepare for the lead role in “Fifty Shades of Grey”. The Primetime Emmy Award winning casting director is now seeking a new actor to play the lead role of Christian Grey. Dakota Johnson has previously been cast in the role of Anastasia Steele.
Michael De Luca Productions in now ready to begin filming the new Universal Pictures feature film “Dracula”, and the casting director has issued an urgent casting call for people interested in appearing in the film as fully paid background performers in epic battle scenes. Principal acting roles are also being cast during production. This new film depicts Dracula as a flawed hero with a tragic love story set in a time of war and magic. Shooting is taking place in the United Kingdom from August 18, 2013 through November, 2013.
Conundrum Entertainment and Red Granite Pictures are now officially in pre-production on the Universal Pictures comedy feature film “Dumb and Dumber To”, the sequel to the 1994 hit buddy-comedy movie “Dumb and Dumber”. Casting for co-starring, supporting, and day player roles will be taking place in Los Angeles. The extras will be cast in Atlanta, GA where shooting is scheduled to commence in September, 2013.
Universal Pictures and Walden Media are in the pre-production stages of the epic true-story feature film “Unbroken,” which is based on the novel “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand. The novel has been on The New York Times bestseller list for over 108 straight weeks. This film has been in development with Universal for nearly 55 years, and Hillenbrand’s remarkable book brought the film project into reality. Casting is underway for the lead roles starting with the role of Louis Zamperini.
Film 44 in association with Weed Road Pictures and Spikings Entertainment are in production on the major feature film “Lone Survivor” based on true events of Operation Red Wings, a joint military operation that took place in the Pech District of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province in Late June through Mid-July 2005. There will be an open casting call in New Mexico for men, women, and children who are interested in working as fully paid extras on the film. Shooting starts on September 18, 2012 in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico areas and will continue through mid-November. Over 1,400 extras in New Mexico will be used in the film, in addition to several dozen local actors.
Gold Circle Films in association with Universal Pictures are hosting an open casting call for their feature film “Pitch Perfect,” which is based on a true story. In addition to general background extras, there are featured extra roles and stand-in roles for the film’s stars that will be up for grabs. All ages and types are needed, especially college age people. Shooting begins October 24, 2011 in Baton Rouge Louisiana. These are fully paid positions.
A casting call was issued for extras in the Santa Cruz area to work on the film “Mavericks”. However, the production is not paying the extras. They are only offering “drawings for prizes”. I do not post unpaid casting notices, and I think it should be illegal in all states to do this. I see this more and more often in different states, and I see it as being an extremely unsettling trend.
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Working Title Films and Universal Pictures are in pre-production on the British live-action musical film adaptation of “Les Miserables“. The casting directors are auditioning actors for the lead and supporting roles, and smaller roles will be cast afterwards. The extras, stand-ins and photo doubles for the actors will be hired closer to the beginning of principal photography, which will commence in mid-March, 2012.
The upcoming Universal Pictures Vin Diesel science fiction thriller film “Riddick” is set to begin filming in Montreal, Canada in mid-October, 2011. The films casting directors in Los Angeles and Canada are auditioning principal actors for supporting and day player roles, while the extras casting director in Monteal, Canada will be casting extras throughout filming. Additional shooting locations scouted include Regina, Saskatchewan in Canada.