UPDATE 11/11/13: NATIONWIDE CASTING CALL FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
If EW is to be believed the following casting call has been issued for “anyone (who fits the following casting specifications) with a video camera”:
Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).
Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to maker her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.
Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.
Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.
Has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.
A confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios on Thursday.
With that, New Mexicans are again wondering, who, what, where, when, and how much of the new Star Wars franchise might end up in the Land of Enchantment.
As we’ve been covering for you here, here and here, the “force” is expected to land in New Mexico despite persistent rumors, some convos around town and even investigative reporting that says otherwise.
In addition to knowing that the state has been looked at for both studio and location settings, our current findings, erring on the side of hopeful, point to a fall 2014 location shoot being likely (or at least possible) in New Mexico. As we like to say, “nothing’s official until someone yells that’s a WRAP!”
And now to address one inquiring OHI reader, BG writes:
“I was just curious if by any chance you know what extra-casting
agencies I should sign up with in order to get a chance on Star Wars
episode VII here in NM?”
Well B, we direct all hopefuls to check-in and register with all the hard working and most reputable casting directors we report on listed here, many of which have long resumes with the largest films and television shows the state has ever seen, including The Lone Ranger, No Country for Old Men, Breaking Bad and so much more.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Officially announced shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios – UK, with Los Angeles and New Mexico, USA also on the proverbial call sheet…
For our friends and readers around the world here is the UK casting call forecast ICYMI!
Yesterday – These pics of the now wrapped NMFilm “Lone Survivor” have bucked Johnny Depp and “The Lone Ranger” from the single most viewed post in this site’s history. The film’s star Mark Wahlberg is all aces with us for back-to-back NMFilm duty with only kind word and deed to all locals he encountered, including AZUMA sushi owners who say Wahlberg told them his favorite Sunday activities in NM are church and Azuma dining!
Check out all our “Lone Survivor” coverage here. Stars Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Hunger Games guy Taylor Kitsch and NM’s Own Jerry Angelo are super HOT on the web right now!
Today – Cameras are rolling in the Q on a high stakes NBC television script. The dramatic series pilot, “After Hours” is currently filming and employing even more of New Mexico’s finest! We need this series pick-up as our beloved “Breaking Bad” preps to wrap the final eight episodes of the epic Albuquerque based AMC series.
Mañana’ish – The indie film “Frontera”, is getting set to wrap. The film, starring the lovely Eva Longoria and NMFilm vet Ed Harris has generated a nice bit of buzz with the locals who have caught a glimpse of cast and crew in some rural New Mexico locations.
Along with the aforementioned series finale of “Breaking Bad”, the sure to be glorious season two of the A&E hit series, “Longmire” is getting set to roll this spring…
Today: On the Roswell, NM set of The Rambler, Dermot Mulroney getting into the swing of things, bloodied at the hands of NM’s Own Vince McDaniel.
Now in post-production this full length feature has a ready and waiting audience, built-in from the avid fans/followers of the original short by Calvin Lee Reeder.
Mañana: The fabled creature that is the impossibly perfect looking January Jones is just weeks away from co-starring with John McCain AKA the incomparable Ed Harris in this summer’s NM shoot of Sweetwater.
Yesterday: Indie dramedy, As Cool As I Am has been in the can for sometime now. The film starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann and PETER FONDA, shot in NM last summer. Here are a some stills from the Identity Films production awaiting distribution…
Hilary Duff nut jobfan sites are reporting that the actress is slated to star in the upcoming thriller, The Gift Horse.
This nut job is reporting that the film which is also rumored to star ED HARRIS, Dan Conner John Goodman and James Russo (Beverly Hills Cop) is scheduled to shoot in Santa Fe later this year!
While WY, CO, and CA rally ’round their Film Incentives, NM continues to Poll and bat about film futures at the Roundhouse.
Alhough the recent passage of Senate Bills (SJM 15 & 16), on to SCORC furthers efforts to secure a fair shake for NM film before throwing-out our LEAD ROLE in the industry, the HollyQ of Nuevowood will be much better off when we shore-up our reign/reins TIGHT again! (NEXT UP SB44 – a long term, sustainability & accountability bill by Senator Tim Keller – All three bills in the Round this WED.)
Several projects have already steered clear of NM opting for a more stable climate in places like MI and ack, Alaska. Good to hear even if it’s just goss at this point that new films are keeping us in their eyeline.
In the BIGGEST film production news to hit New Mexico since 1910,
our El Majico OFFICIALLY announced Wednesday the NM Film prospect we’ve been following for you here…
Better than an early “Christmas present to the people of New Mexico,” it is perhaps the Swan Song of our departing Governor, Bill Richardson to bring us the news that Marvel’s latest and greatest assembly of Superheroes – will land squarely in Nuevo Mexico come April!
Yesterday – It’s been many, many yesterdays since we’ve been telling you that Robert Pattinson would soon hit Nuevo México and it looks like he’s been tippy-toeing around. The face that regularly launches tweens and house fraus alike into a manic frenzy was spotted in the City Different (Santa Fe) over the weekend. He and his co-stars in the forthcoming Unbound Captives are likely prize candidates for ushering in the new dawn of Paparazzi scouting going on in NM…
Today – It is official that the eagerly awaited Passion Play starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Rhys Ifans, Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this month (Sept. 9-19).
Mañana – It is being reported that Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage will star in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s upcoming Bollywood gangster movie Broken Horses coming soon to New Mexico. As we have previously published Mickey Rourke is also slated to star.
Yesterday – as the twang talkin’, gun slingin’ youth Jimmy Blevins, Lucas Black was but a child actor in his turn alongside former child star Henry Thomas (ET) and a fresh faced Matt Damon in NM’s Own All the Pretty Horses back in 2000.
Today – Black is a repeat offender all growed-up in the creepy NM thriller Legion. Both flicks are now available on DVD.
Mañana – Damon will be seen in the upcoming Coen Bros release of True Grit with yet another NM repeat, the one and only Jeff Bridges, who took home the best actor Oscar for his role in the NM film Crazy Heart earlier this year.
The horror/thriller, Intruders due from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Days Later), in 2011 has reportedly locked-in Clive Owen (Sin City, Closer) and Daniel Brühl (Inglorious Basterds) and is set to film, in part aquí en Nuevo México.
Horror genre giants, Hammer Films have two New Mexico productions forthcoming, The Resident and Let Me In.
Look to Legion for NM Horror now on DVD and local production house Fireborn Films has horror in progress.
Yesterday – Uber 80′s western Young Guns filmed in the Land of Enchantment. Back in 86-87 I remember all the girls in mid-school being all atwitter about it. Don’t forget to meet & greet Young Gunner Lou Diamond Phillips at Frontier Restaurant mañana when he buses for the Arts.
Today’s release of IRon Man 2 is tied to NM 3 fold – As previously reported: the teaser above introduces NM’s Thor during Iron’s end credits, the villainous, scene stealing Rourke shot his pick-ups for the movie at Santa Fe’s Garson Studios and lastly the film is brought to us by the incomparable Jon Favreau who is at the helm of the upcoming NM Production Cowboys and Aliens starring those two uglies.
Mañana – You can enjoy the hot, hot, hot & hilarious trailer for NM’s Own MacGruber yesterday, today and tomorrow…the film opens wide May 21.
Yesterday – Thor hath commeth. Star Natalie Portman in Santa Fe as filming began on Disney/Marvel’s epic comicbook saga THOR on Monday – OLV.
The otro día – NM’s Own Jeff Bridges on Oprah preparing for the NM shoot of the Coen Bro’s True Grit just days after his Oscar win for NM film Craz-zazy Heart. Bridges & fellow Oscar nabbers sign the great O’s No Phone Zone pledge…p.s. Hands free in full effect in the Q et al.
Today – Steven Soderbergh’s KNOCKOUT is filming in the Los Alamos area through thursday via our friends OLV in NYC – covering the beat coast to coast.
Mañana – The forthcoming I-Ron Man deux, starring NM film alums; Due Date leading man RDJ and Passion Play‘s Micky Rourke is shot in part at Garson Studios, and on location in Santa Fe & vicinity.
Okay, so we’re back. We have no big, breaking info-tainment haps for you other than the news that that VD movie took #1 at the weekend box office. But here’s your all important dose of NM Film Yesterday, Today y Mañana…
Today – As we’ve been reporting, Knockout starring the pectacular Channing Tatum + is currently in production.
T’was just last week that Channing knocked Avatar out of the top spot with Dear John.
Above – a quick clip of the film shooting on the streets of Dublin last week. (Via OLV)
Mañana – Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) is slated to work w/ R. Patz in the upcoming indie The Unbound Captives. Start the novenas for homegirl’s safety now. There’s probably already an entire line of voodoo dolls in the little lady’s likeness à la crazed Twilightiacs.
For Reelz, NM – As we’ve been reporting here, more deets on the NM shoot of Marvel Comics/Disney’s Thor movie are coming to light. Filming will begin in L.A. and roll into Santa Fe March through April 2010.
As announced in October the third season of USA network’s series In Plain Sight will once again film in & around ABQ. beginning in January.
While shooting continues for Fox and Rourke on Passion Play through this December, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Broken Horses also starring Rouke is slated to film in NM next year as broken stateside here.
Yesterday – Available on DVD, from the Apatow juggernaut Year One is an unsung (adult) comedy with surprisingly sweeping NM scenes including the hilarity of McLovin & Chief Wiggum/Apu at Tent Rocks, Juggernaut as a Roman in White Sands, Tobias at the Rio Grand and so much more.
Today – Megan Fox is currently in and around NM towns shooting the upcoming thriller Passion Play with fellow animal lover Rourke.
Getting through a scare with her own pooch last week the animalisticactress missed an appearance but donated her dough to a local, non-profit, wild-life rescue zoo.
Yesterday – Sunshine Cleaning filmed in New Mexico back in ’07, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in ’08, opened wide early ’09 and is now available on DVD.
Today – The SNL spawned MacGyver parody is currently in production, starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe, Val Kilmer. Release date: April 16, 2010.
Mañana – As we told you in January, Bollywood visited New Mexico to film its highly anticipated movie Kites. The Hrithik Roshan movie is slated for a “Global Debut” on a yet to be determined date. Here is a behind the scenes clip from the NM set.