Public Enemies, the Depression-era gangster film that is being produced and directed by University of Wisconsin alumnus Michael Mann this spring, will hold an open casting call for extras in at Monona Terrace in Madison on Saturday, February 16. This follows a casting call for vintage cars that was held at the Overture Center in late January. Needless to say, excitement among movie fans and hopefuls in town is building.
The film, which stars Johnny Depp (as John Dillinger), Christian Bale (as FBI agent Melvin Purvis), and Marion Cotillard (as Billie Frechette), among others, will be shooting in Chicago and around Wisconsin this spring. Locations in the state are set to include Manitowish Waters and Richland Center, with others sites scouted over the last month including Oshkosh, Milwaukee, Baraboo, and the Capitol in downtown Madison. Now the production is searching for people in the region to work as paid non-speaking extras for these shoots, with the open casting call from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Monona Terrace.
"We are shooting in the Wisconsin area and need people with great faces for this 1930s period film," begins an announcement from the extras casting agent. "We are currently looking for men no taller than 6'1", women should be no taller than 5'8", and no larger than a size 12. We are also looking for children of all ages."
Hopefuls attending the casting call are also recommended to arrive dressed in specific outfits, detailed in the announcement:
Men: Dark to medium suit, tie, and an overcoat (not brown) and dress shoes. As this is a period piece, it is very important that your hair be kept long; therefore do not cut your hair. If you have long hair, pull back in a ponytail.Applicants are also requested to bring a recent color photo and a pen to fill out a registration form.
Women: Dark to medium dress and skirt and sweater, overcoat and pumps (med heel). Set hair in curlers the night before and arrive with hair brushed out.
The extras casting is being conducted by Joan Philo Casting of Chicago. She has cast extras in a large number of films shot in that city and around the Midwest, including The Dark Knight, Fred Claus, Flags of Our Fathers, Stranger Than Fiction, Batman Begins, and High Fidelity, as well as the 2001 Micheal Mann film Ali and the 1996 action flick Chain Reaction, which was shot partially in Madison. More details about Philo's work can be found on her IMDB profile.
Philo has published a notice about the extras casting for Public Enemies online, noting that the film will be shot from mid-March through June. As she details in this announcement:
Buckle up, we're due for an amazing ride!
Are you ready? Here we go...
... Public Enemies is a "period" feature film, circa early 1930s. You know what this means period hair styles and wardrobe fittings -- guys please keep your hair long -- do not cut it!! Women will need to have period hair styles -- Everyone that will be cast will need to attend a wardrobe fitting. The fitting usually takes a few hours -- you'll be fit in an outfit and also be looked at by the hair department. Haircuts will most likely happen at the wardrobe fitting. The fitting usually happens a week or so before your day on set.
I am looking for a core group of extras (non-speaking roles) that will be able to work many days. So let me know if this might be you! I'm also searching for people that might be available for one or two days. These are paid extras positions. Rate TBD.
Being that this is a period film we need to find people that are able to fit into the period wardrobe. There are size requirements!
MEN need to be 6'1" and under and WOMEN 5'8" and under (no larger than a size 12), all ages (including children) in order to be considered.
*KIDS: I only consider casting kids that have current work permits on file with Joan Philo Casting. Casting children goes down fast. I mean super fast. They might call me the night before a shoot and ask for a child of a certain age. I run to my kids' files and pull any child that has a work permit. Don't miss out because your child doesn't have a work permit! (I know that getting a work permit takes effort and I appreciate that this is done in the hopes of getting cast, thank you!)
We start shooting in mid-March and shoot through June 2008. I will be holding open casting calls soon! Stay tuned.
We will be shooting in Chicago and on location in Wisconsin (various towns). We will have open casting calls in Chicago for our Chicago extras and in Wisconsin for our Wisconsin extras...
Philo goes on to give advice to aspiring extras, her first and foremost point being that film shoots can be exceedingly long and boring, and that patience is a virtue. "Never ask on set, or at a wardrobe fitting, when you can go home -- this is quite the uncomfortable question and will make you look ill-prepared,' she notes. "Please don't ask."