Production begins this week in New York on the pilot for FX's "The Americans," a drama starring Keri Russell ("Felicity") and Matthew Rhys ("Brothers & Sisters") as two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s. As their arranged marriage grows stronger each day, their complex relationship and dual identities are tested by the escalation of the Cold War, the network of spies and informants under their control, and the fact that their two children know nothing about their parents' secret lives.
Grant Wilfley Casting is casting extras who can take a time warp back to the early '80s for the pilot episode. They are specifically seeking African-American men and women, who may have short afros but no shaved heads, dreadlocks, or extensions; Caucasian men with shaggy or longer hair; Caucasian women with natural hair color and no highlights; and people with cars built between 1971 and 1981. For a scene involving a pick-up basketball game, the casting directors are seeking African-American and Caucasian male basketball players.
For more information and to register, view the full casting notices on BackStage.com. (Subscription required.) SAG-AFTRA and nonunion background talent may apply.
"The Americans" was created by Joe Weisberg ("Falling Skies," "Damages"), who once worked for the CIA before embarking on a career in television. Weisberg will also serve as executive producer with Graham Yost ("Justified"). Shooting is currently scheduled for May 13-June 23 in New York City.
Grant Wilfley Casting is also currently casting background for the HBO drama "Boardwalk Empire" and the USA series "Royal Pains," as well as the upcoming film remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," directed by and starring Ben Stiller.
Daniel Lehman is a staff writer for Back Stage. Follow him on Twitter: @byDanLehman