Miss-Lou actors needed for ‘Get on Up’

Published 12:10 am Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NATCHEZ — Additional casting calls for the upcoming James Brown biographical film will be hosted Wednesday and Saturday for a variety of roles needed in the movie.

A second casting call for “Get on Up” will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the second floor of the Natchez Council Chambers at 115 S. Pearl St.

The casting call is necessary because the majority of the movie will be filmed in Natchez starting on Nov. 4 through Dec. 20 and from Jan 6 through 24 in Jackson.

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Those selected as extras will be paid $64 for eight hours with an eight-hour guarantee, with overtime for work beyond eight hours. A normal film day is 12 hours or more.

A few specific sets of people are needed for the film:

4White men and women between the ages of 35 and 80 for a country club scene set in the 1940s.

4Black male musicians ages 21-40 to be featured as extras musicians.

4Black female dancers ages 18-35 to be featured as backup singers.

4Black men and women of all ages for church and concert scenes.

4Black and white men and women ages 14 to 30 for school and concert scenes.

4Black boys ages 9 to 11.

4Attractive white men and women for a scene set in Hollywood in 1964.

4Military men of all ethnicities between the ages of 18 and 35 for a scene set during the Vietnam War.

Because the film spans several decades with the majority of the story taking place before 1975, men and women are encouraged to allow their hair to start growing so it can be long enough to be styled to portray the correct period.

Residents attending the casting call are asked to come dressed in a nice, casual outfit.

Those who own a vehicle manufactured between 1930 and 1993 will also be asked to list the color, year, make and model on their application. The film crew is looking for vehicles to include in different scenes across the decades.

For other information about the casting call, visit tammysmithcasting.com or facebook.com/GetOnUpCasting.

“Get On Up” will be director Tate Taylor’s follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated film “The Help.” It will star Chadwick Bowman of “42,” and will portray the life of soul legend James Brown from his childhood through the early 1990s.