June 02--Hundreds of extras in Montgomery and Selma will be needed for the upcoming production of the film "Selma," and all ages and races are encouraged to apply.
Selma Productions, Inc., is looking for 500 extras in both Montgomery and Selma for the feature film, which is currently scheduled for release in spring 2015. The casting director will see candidates from 3-8 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the Performing Arts Theatre in Selma.
Then, casting moves to Montgomery, where candidates will be seen from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at the Abernathy Auditorium on the campus of Alabama State University.
For both casting sessions, the criteria are the same: Must be 17 to 70 years old, male or female, black or white, and be available and have means to attend a wardrobe fitting in Selma from June 17-20.
Candidates should bring a valid photo ID and a recent photo, and be eligible to work in the U.S. The pay will be as a local hire at $64 for eight hours.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided on filming days.
"Selma" is the story of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s voting rights struggle that culminated with the march from Selma to Montgomery and enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, according to the Associated Press.
The chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, told the AP the story will resonate with those involved in the voting rights struggle with King and with those who continue to fight against discrimination in voting.
The filmmakers behind the project include Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey. The film stars David Oyelowo from "The Butler" as King and Carmen Ejogo from "Alex Cross" as his wife, Coretta Scott King.
Filming began at locations in Georgia in May. According to a previous Advertiser article, the Alabama Film Office said the current production schedule includes filming in Selma over four days and in Montgomery for one day.
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