(WARNING: Casting directors request that all contact be made only by mail or email. Do not phone or visit their offices unless specifically instructed to do so.)
Ye gods!… Soul Mates, directed by and starring Philip Jones, is a romantic comedy that references Greek mythology. Charles Nassif, Dewanda Wise, and Heidi Rea join Jones on screen. The shoot began June 30 and concludes July 22. No further casting.
Beginning July 5 and wrapping July 25 is Harlem Hostel, filming in Astoria and Harlem. Nestor Miranda ("Destination Unknown") directs Rafael Sardina, Julissa Bermudez, Ramon Rodriguez, and Steven Leon in a comedy about a group of friends who convert a Harlem brownstone into a European-style youth hostel. No further casting.
Master builder?… Anthony LaPaglia portrays the architect of a faultily designed housing project in All Fall Down, from director Matt Tauber ("Rosen's Son"), lensing June 27–July 28. Isabella Rossellini, Viola Davis, and Hayden Panettiere are also in the cast. Principals: Avy Kaufman (180 Varick St., 16th floor, NYC 10014). Background: Grant Wilfley Casting (123 West 18th St., 8th floor, New York, NY 10011).
Patterned after the famous Hammer Films horror pics of the mid-20th century, Sea of Dust features former Hammer starlet Ingrid Pitt, along with Tom Savini, Stuart Rudin, and Bill Timoney. Scott Bunt directs. The period picture (set circa 1900) shoots July 5–31. No further casting.
Photo finish…. In production through Aug. 3 is the Diane Arbus biopic Fur, starring Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr., Harris Yulin, and Ty Burrell. Steven Shainberg ("Secretary") directs. Principals: No further casting. Background: Kee Casting (P.O. Box 3170, Guttenberg, NJ 07093).
A real nice clambake…. Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Ron Eldard, and Sarah Paulson headline in Diggers. The story takes place on Long Island in 1976. The title refers to clam digging. Katherine Dieckmann directs on Long Island and Staten Island. No further casting.
The lives of four friends undergo dramatic changes during the course of two summer weeks in Transformations, a drama directed by Edwin Decina and Javier Molina. Kenneth Browning and Joe Bartolota head the cast. The shoot is July 8–26. No further casting.
Matthew Modine plays a confirmed bachelor who decides to look for true love in Kettle of Fish, filming July 10–Aug. 11. Claudia Myers ("The Kindness of Strangers") helms the romantic comedy, which also stars Gina Gershon, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Fisher Stevens. Filming in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Principals: No further casting. Background: Paladino Casting (35 East 21st St., 2nd floor, NYC 10010).
Pow! Bam!… Lauren D'Avella plays the title role in Sexina: Pop Detective, a spoof comedy from director Erik Sharkey. Sexina is a pop-music star by day and a heroine battling crime in the record industry by night. Or vice versa. Luis Lopez co-stars, along with former caped crusader Adam West. Began July 19 and proceeds through the second week in August. Principals and background: Sharkey Productions (102 Clinton Ave., #4, Brooklyn, NY 11205).
The Pack is a courtroom drama dealing with the issue of secondhand smoke. Shooting June 10–Aug. 13, it features Zach Galligan, Rick Washburn, Scott Bryce, and Peter Francis James. Alyssa Rallo Bennett directs. No casting info available.
For Elsa's Plums, Icelandic playwright Anna Rosa Sigurdardottir adapted her one-woman show "Plums in New York" for the screen. She also stars in the film, along with Andy Horowitz. Tsvi Bokaer directs, July 11–Aug. 20. The film deals with an Icelandic playwright who dreams of eating plums on Manhattan's Eighth Avenue. No further casting.
Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Kim Director, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Willem Dafoe appear in Universal's Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee. Filming June 27–Aug. 23 in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the thriller concerns a bank robber and a cop who reach a standoff. Principals: Kim Coleman (603 Greenwich St., 1st floor, NYC 10014). Background: Winsome Sinclair & Associates (c/o Spike Lee, 75 South Elliott Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217).
An underachiever (Zach Braff) goes to work for his father-in-law (Charles Grodin) in Fast Track, from director Jesse Peretz ("The Château"). Amanda Peet and Jason Bateman co-star. The shoot began July 11 and concludes Aug. 26. Principals: No further casting. Background: Grant Wilfley Casting (see above).
Martin Scorsese's The Departed (for Warner Bros.) began production on April 25. It's based on a trilogy of Chinese-language gangster films. The shoot will continue into early September. The starry cast includes Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg. Principals: Ellen Lewis (1700 Broadway, 25th floor, NYC 10019). Background: Grant Wilfley Casting (see above).
Kareem Bland helms the suspense thriller Bleeding Rose on a weekends-only schedule. Production started in mid-June and will conclude at the end of September. The script concerns a young woman who hopes to begin a new life for herself but soon discovers that her friends and family are being preyed on by a stalker. No further casting.
Little Children began production on July 18 and proceeds until Oct. 7. Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, it deals with contemporary dysfunction. Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Kate Winslet. Director: Todd Field ("In the Bedroom"). Principals: No further casting. Background: Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting (71 Park Ave., NYC 10016).
Book club…. Director Charles Richardson's Queens follows five executive directors at a publishing house. Shoots July 23–Aug. 28 in Queens, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. The cast includes Nadia Gan, Christine Sanabria, Daniel Almekinder, Valerie Mares, and Kate Lawson. Principals: No further casting. Background: Tuskegee Productions/Reeltime Mediaworks (P.O. Box 20897, Brooklyn, NY 11202). Nonunion shoot.
A government agent is kidnapped, thrown into a room, and forced to fight for his life in Ten, from director Bobby Guions. Films in Newark, N.J., Aug. 1–24. Principals and background: BG Films (33 Myrtle Ave., Irvington, NJ 07111).
Mother load…. The Boy Who Cried is about a son who makes his mom's life a living hell. Matt Levin directs the project Aug. 8–Sept. 16 in and around the city. Principals: No further casting. Background: Meredith Jacobson Marciano (Amerifilm Casting, 195 Chrystie St., #502G, NYC 10002).
Set in Corona, Queens, in the 1960s, Spaghetti Park concerns a young man torn between leaving his rough-and-tumble neighborhood and staying on for an apprenticeship in the low-level Mafia. Charles Picerni Sr. directs, beginning Aug 15. Principals: Jackie Burch (c/o Corner Stone Pictures, 14900 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 310, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403). Background: Not casting at this time.
Robert De Niro will work both in front of and behind the camera on another biopic, The Good Shepherd, based on the life of James Jesus Angleton, one of the early leaders of the CIA. De Niro's co-stars include Matt Damon, Tammy Blanchard, Angelina Jolie, and Patrick Wilson. The pic will get underway Aug. 15. Principals: Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, and Sig De Miguel (180 Grand St., 3rd floor, NYC 10013). Background: Grant Wilfley Casting (see above).
In Hoax, Richard Gere will play trickster Clifford Irving, who sold a bogus autobiography of Howard Hughes to McGraw-Hill. Marcia Gay Harden will play Irving's wife and Alfred Molina will portray his accomplice, Richard Suskind. Lasse Hallström ("The Cider House Rules") is set to direct. The Manhattan shoot will begin in August and last about 10 weeks. No casting info at this time.
A cat is transformed into a sexy young man in Ophelia. Breindel Wood directs and appears in the film, which is based on her play. Additional cast includes LaCanas Tucker, Suzanne M. Froix, Amol Shah, Q. Smith, Lenore Kosky, and Dory Zimmerman. Locations: NYC and Long Island. The start is set for August. No more casting at present.
A family drama about a young violinist, August Rush will star Robin Williams, Liv Tyler, and Freddie Highmore, under the direction of Kirsten Sheridan. Filming will commence in August. No casting info at this time.
Early September is the projected start date for an Untitled Julie Taymor Project (the film, concerning the Beatles, has been announced in some sources as "All You Need Is Love"). Evan Rachel Wood will star and Julie Taymor will direct. There was a call for "variety artists" from Bernard Telsey Casting in the July 7 issue of Back Stage and a call for background players from Grant Wilfley Casting in the June 30 issue.
A brother and sister who were separated at birth reunite in the big city in Sinners, to be directed in Manhattan and upstate New York by Voytek Szczytko. The start date is expected to be at the end of September. The cast includes Ricky Garcia and Sergio Buchury. Principals and background: Email headshots, resumes, and phone numbers to [email protected] by Aug. 20. This is a no-pay, nonunion project.
Hal Hartley ("Henry Fool") will shoot an action film here titled Fay Grim sometime in early fall. No casting info at this time.
Hair razing…. In Split Ends, a detective working in Chicago is called back to New York to investigate a case involving scalpings in hair salons. Filming will begin Sept. 30 in Harlem, with sequences slated for D.C. as well as Chicago. Christopher Redding will direct a cast including Brocton Pierce, Shantina Mapp, Poncho Hodges, and Loretta Andrews. Principals and background: Raggedy Ends Productions (739 Pennsylvania Ave., #2R, Brooklyn, NY 11207). For more info, go to www.splitendsfilm.com.
A feature about a young woman who pursues a hip-hop career, Melody will be directed by Ray Mohammed, with Caprice Moore headlining. The supporting cast includes Jay Parris and Rhano Burrell. The shoot has been pushed back to September. Principals: No further casting. Background and production interns: Caphrano Films (P.O. Box 277, 72 Van Reipen Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306).
Stage director Mark Brokaw will make his film directing debut with Spinning Into Butter, based on the hit play by Rebecca Gilman about political correctness and hate crimes on a college campus. Sarah Jessica Parker will star and produce, beginning Oct. 12. No casting information at this time.
Glove story…. The start date for the long-planned boxing-Mob drama Third Man in the Ring is now set for Oct. 15. The film, based on a true story, spans several decades of the 20th century. Principals and background: Gold Lion Productions (18 Swift Ct., Clifton, NJ 07014).
Final Gifts is about a Salvadoran peasant woman and a Jewish pediatrician, both of whom have been devastated by war. The two women meet each other in the afterlife. Neil Selden directs Mary Tahmin and an unannounced actor in the two-hander, which will shoot in Manhattan and Middlesex County, N.J., beginning about Oct. 15. No further casting.
Rev. Jen Miller, Rachel McKibbens, Christopher D. Stackhouse, C.R. Avery, and Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum will appear in Uncertain Terms, getting underway in October. A young wife's confession of infidelity transforms the love lives of seven New Yorkers. Eric Mandelbaum directs. Principals and background: Email resumes to [email protected] Especially needed are model types for a film within the film. A no-pay project.
The vampire thriller Blood Rush will begin filming in October or November in upstate New York. Randel Cole ("2B Perfectly Honest") will helm. Principals: Caroline Sinclair Casting (c/o The Zipper Theatre, 336 West 37th St., NYC 10018). Background: Not hiring.
Who knows where or when?… Déjà Vu is a dark comedy set in Manhattan and the Hamptons. Mike Goldstein will direct. The shoot will commence in November and continue into February or March of 2006. Principals and background: Email headshots and resumes to [email protected] or send them to Mike Goldstein (c/o Déjà Vu Casting, P.O. Box 432, Merrick, NY 11566).
Expected to begin filming sometime in the fall is Margaret, from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan ("You Can Count on Me"). The movie will explore the aftermath of a bus accident that is witnessed by a 17-year-old girl. No casting info at this time.
Warner Bros. reports that I Am Legend, based on the horror novel by Richard Matheson, is "still in a bit of a holding pattern." Francis Lawrence ("Constantine") was earlier announced as director.
The sequel to another Matheson story, Stir of Echoes 2, may see the green light before year's end, although sources report that the script is not yet finished. The picture will follow up on the 1999 film starring Kevin Bacon.
Law & Order: Shooting for next season will begin July 29. Principals: Lynn Kressel Casting (Pier 62, Room #304, West 23rd Street & Hudson River, NYC 10011). Background: Grant Wilfley Casting (see above).
Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Criminal Intent are currently on hiatus.
The Sopranos: Production proceeds through mid-November on the HBO favorite. Principals: Walken/Jaffe Casting (729 Seventh Ave., Ste. 14A, NYC 10019). Background: Grant Wilfley Casting (see above).
Rescue Me: Filming continues through mid-August on the FX/Sony series. Principals: Julie Tucker (c/o Apostle Films, 568 Broadway, Ste. 301, NYC 10012). Background: Kristine Bulakowski (Prince Street Station, P.O. Box 616, NYC 10012).
The Book of Daniel: NBC has ordered 13 episodes of this drama from Sony Pictures Television as a midseason replacement. The start date is to be announced. Aidan Quinn will star as an Episcopalian minister, with Ellen Burstyn as his bishop. But here's the twist: Garret Dillahunt will play Jesus, with whom Quinn has conversations. Principals: Julie Tucker (see above). Background: No info at this time.
(Note: The casting directors of these New York–based daytime dramas stress that you should not make unsolicited visits or calls to their offices.)
All My Children (ABC): Judy Blye Wilson (casting director), Robert Lambert (associate, under-fives and background), 320 West 66th St., NYC 10023. Send headshots, resumes, postcards.
As the World Turns (CBS): Mary Clay Boland (principals), LaMont Craig (under-fives), Kate Martineau (background), 1268 East 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11230. Send headshots and resumes.
Guiding Light (CBS): Rob Decina (casting director), Darlene Failla (associate casting director), 222 East 44th St., NYC 10017. Accepts postcards and showcase invitations.
One Life to Live (ABC): Julie Madison (casting director), Victoria Visgilio (associate), Sheryl Baker-Fisher (assistant), 157 Columbus Ave., 2nd floor, NYC 10023. Send headshots and resumes or postcards only.