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Open casting call announced for 'August: Osage County'

Gene Triplett Published: August 15, 2012

TULSA — Freihofer Casting will hold an open call for extras from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Tulsa for the upcoming feature film “August: Osage County.”

The film, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, is scheduled to shoot in Oklahoma beginning in late September.

Oklahoma casting director Chris Freihofer said the film will need various extras during the first few weeks of filming. Extras will be paid to appear in the film.

Actress Meryl Streep smiles during the press conference of the film The Iron Lady at the 62 edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Streep will be awarded with the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Actress Meryl Streep smiles during the press conference of the film The Iron Lady at the 62 edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Streep will be awarded with the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

“We do not need babies or toddlers, but we would like to add anyone else to our pool of possibilities,” Freihofer said.

“August: Osage County” is a drama written by Oklahoman Tracy Letts and directed by John Wells. It tells the story of the Weston family, who come together when their alcoholic patriarch goes missing. The film is based on Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

“We will ask everyone to provide us with contact information and clothing sizes, and we will take everyone’s pictures. The whole process should take less than 10 minutes,” Freihofer said.

U.S. actress Julia Roberts arrives for the Gala premiere of 'Eat Prey Love' at a central London cinema, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan) ORG XMIT: LENT102
U.S. actress Julia Roberts arrives for the Gala premiere of 'Eat Prey Love' at a central London cinema, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan) ORG XMIT: LENT102

Casting decisions will be made throughout filming and those selected to appear in the film will be notified sometimes a day or two before they are needed, according to Freihofer. He indicated filming is scheduled to be Mondays through Fridays with no weekend filming. The majority of extras would only be needed for one day, but those days are scheduled to be eight or more hours.

“Do not list a day as available unless you can be on set the entire day, and even into the evening,” he said.

The open call will be held in the Parkview East ballroom at the Doubletree Warren Place Hotel, 6110 S Yale. Freihofer said people should not call the hotel for information regarding this event. Instead, they should call the casting hotline at (405) 310-4391.

Those unable to attend the open call in person are invited to submit by mail or email. Email submissions can be sent to AugustExtras@gmail, com. Hard copies can be sent to August Extras c/o Freihofer Casting, 3750 W Main St., Five Park A, Norman, OK 73072.

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