HBO TV show seeks extras; Discover Channel announces casting call
by Jeff Richards
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HBO and the Discover Channel have both recently announced casting calls in the Moab area.

A number of Moab residents have already responded to a casting call for extras needed for an upcoming shoot for the pilot of a new HBO television series, but more are still needed.

“We have had a great response, but still need many more people,” said Tara Penner, director of the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, as she commented on a Facebook posting announcing the “Westworld” casting call. “Great way to get a little extra cash, and potentially be on TV!” Penner added.

Speaking by phone from North Hollywood, casting agent Bill Dance told The Times-Independent that although most of the pilot’s scenes are scheduled to be filmed in the Southern California area, the production crew is scheduled to come to the Moab area on Sept. 15, 16, and 17 to shoot a scene that takes place on a passenger train.

“The scene is in the Wild West in the 1880s, and we’re looking for passengers to be on the train,” Dance said.

Although Dance couldn’t say exactly how many extras would be needed for the scene, he did confirm that they are looking for a number of adults age 18 and over, “any age, any ethnicity,” who will be available to work all three days Sept. 15-17.

According to the flyer announcing the casting call, men may either be clean-shaven or have facial hair appropriate for the time period, and women should have longer natural hair that is one color.

Interested applicants should e-mail a recent photograph of themselves, along with their name, size information, and a contact phone number to billdancecasting@gmail.com. For men, the size information should include height, weight, jacket, shirt, pants, and shoe sizes. For women, the information should include height, weight, dress size, bust, waist, hips, and shoe sizes. Selected extras will be contacted for a wardrobe fitting to be conducted soon, Dance said.

HBO first announced plans for a “Westworld” series last August, with the storyline to be adapted from and inspired by the classic 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name, which starred Yul Brynner as an android in a Western-themed amusement park.

Dance said that while he couldn’t discuss the details of the planned series, he did say it would have “a few unexpected twists.”

According to an article published in “Entertainment Weekly” on Aug. 30, 2013, HBO announced that the “Westworld” series will be produced by J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan, and Jerry Weintraub, with Nolan and Lisa Joy writing the script and serving as executive producers. Nolan is also scheduled to direct the pilot episode, the article states.

The Disney Channel is also casting participants for its survivalist series “Naked and Afraid,” according to another Facebook post from the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission. In the survival series, participants are paired with a partner and both then face harsh environments and intense situations, “stripped of even the barest of necessities.”

Anyone interested in applying should contact Metal Flowers Media by email at: jane@metalflowersmedia.com.

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