BY GENE TRIPLETT
Open casting calls for actors and extras will be held Saturday and Sunday at Bartlesville High School for a movie being developed for filming in Bartlesville, according to a press release issued this week by Norman-based Freihofer Casting.
“With the support of the Oklahoma Film and Music Office, Freihofer Casting is conducting additional open casting calls for actors and extras to be considered for speaking and non-speaking roles in an upcoming family-oriented Hollywood romantic drama to be filmed in Oklahoma,” casting director Chris Freihofer said in the release.
Film office director Jill Simpson would not confirm recent reports that a movie directed by former Bartlesville resident Terrence Malick and starring Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams would be filmed in Bartlesville. Local officials also have declined to comment on the
“Well, we’re scouting a number of films right now and there is a major film slotted for September in the Bartlesville area, and one for October in the Oklahoma City metro, and these are high-quality productions and there’s casting going on and they are coming in, but that’s about all I can say,” Simpson told The Oklahoman on Wednesday.
Rumors about the Bartlesville film project began to spread quickly after Affleck and his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, were spotted Aug. 10 in Broken Arrow’s Bass Pro Shop, buying fishing supplies. The couple signed autographs and posed for photographs for store employees and customers.
Malick, who grew up in Bartlesville, has directed such films as “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven” and the 1998 remake of “The Thin Red Line.”
The current project held its initial casting call last weekend in Tulsa. The Bartlesville casting call will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday at the high school, located at 1700 Hillcrest Drive in Bartlesville.
The call is open to people of all ethnicities, ages 5 and up, regardless of prior acting experience. For more information, call Freihofer Casting at 310-4391.