Re-enactors or those in the dramatic and theater arts who would like an opportunity to become a background actor on a new television series set to film in St. Francisville will get their chance.
Caballero Casting is accepting general submissions for paid background actors of all ages and ethnicities.
“The Underground” story line follows a group of slaves planning a daring escape from a Georgia plantation hoping to cross 600 miles to freedom, a news release said. The slaves are aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad, and the group evades those tasked with bringing them back, dead or alive.
The WGN-scripted series is from creators/executive producers Misha Green (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Joe Pokaski (“Heroes”) and stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“True Blood”), Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: SVU”) and Aldis Hodge (“Leverage”).
Anthony Hemingway (“Treme”) is set to direct some episodes.
Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios are producing the show, which is expected to debut on WGN America this year.
The first shoot date is April 13, and filming will take place in the Baton Rouge, St. Francisville and Vacherie areas. Casting will take place over the next few months.
Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to stop grooming from now until filming, Rikki Hegwood, of Caballero Casting, said.
“We’re asking those to consider this commitment prior to submitting and to please reconsider if they cannot make the commitment,” Hegwood said. “There will be strict guidelines concerning hair and costume sizes.”
Hegwood said the show will only be able to cast men and women with natural-colored hair; no extensions, dyed hair, fades, military style or dreadlocks will be accepted. Men should grow out hair and facial hair.
“If you’re not contacted immediately, that doesn’t mean you’re not being considered for the show, that only means they are booking the show as scenes are filmed, and you should continue following grooming directions,” Hegwood said.
Submissions must include name, age, contact number and email, current city of residency, height and weight as well as two current photographs — one body shot and one headshot.
No mirror shots or “selfies” will be accepted.
All tattoos and piercings must be noted in the submission as well as any modern dental work such as metal braces or gold teeth.
Actors should include any re-enacting or horseback-riding experience.
Interested background actors should email their submissions to email@example.com.
Hegwood requested no phone calls be made to the casting office.