NBC's new series "Chicago Fire" is set to begin production in the Windy City this month, and casting directors are still looking for additional actors for multiple episodes. Chicago-based casting office Paskal Rudnicke Casting is casting principal roles, while Joan Philo Casting is handling extras.
The show follows the drama in the personal and professional lives of firefighters, rescue squad, and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney lead a cast that also includes Eamonn Walker, Charlie Barnett, David Eigenberg, Monica Raymund, Lauren German, Teri Reeves, and Merle Dandridge. "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf is an executive producer.
The casting directors are seeking males and females of all ages for all roles. For more information and to apply, view the full casting notice online at BackStage.com. All positions are paid.
The series will start shooting in Chicago in mid-July and "will go at least through to the end of year and possibly into the spring of 2013," Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal told Reel Chicago in May. He added, "It also means long-term employment for crews and a great opportunity for Chicago actors, and demonstrates the proven ability of the Chicago film industry to host a number of full series." (Starz's "Boss" wraps production on its second season this month, and MTV's "Underemployed" is shooting in the city through August.)
CSA members Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke are casting directors for feature films including "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas" and "Let's Go to Prison," and have also done location casting in Chicago for films like "Public Enemies," "The Break-Up," "Fargo," "Road to Perdition," and many more, as well as TV series such as "Shameless" and "The Playboy Club."
Joan Philo has been casting extras for feature films and TV series for more than 20 years. Her credits include "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Batman Begins," and "Public Enemies." She also hired extras for the pilot for "Chicago Fire" and recently cast background in Pittsburgh for Gus Van Sant's upcoming film "Promised Land."
"Chicago Fire" is scheduled to premiere Wednesday, October 10 on NBC.