Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Crain's: 'Superman' summons extra actors for Chicago-area filming

By Alex Ross
Perhaps I should for my way onto the casting call for extras. It would be very cool to be part of the filming of the Christopher Nolan produced Superman movie that is to be filmed in Chicago.
“We're looking for all ages, all types,” said James McKay, background casting assistant in the studio's casting office in Aurora. “We're looking to meet as many people as possible.”

Warner Bros. is looking for men, women and children, particularly infant twins, and “military/athletic types,” according to an announcement of the casting call. The studio said it is looking for “paid extras, stand-ins and photo doubles.”

The film, with an estimated budget of $175 million, promises the Chicago area an economic boost like it got from last summer's filming of “Transformers 3” and the Batman movies shot here in recent years.

There will be an open casting call at the DePaul University Naperville Campus on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by another one at the Chicago Academy for the Arts on June 25 during the same hours. The notice said, “Drop in anytime during these hours.”

A casting call for Plano residents only will be June 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Plano High School.

Directed by Zack Snyder, who also directed “300” and this year's “Sucker Punch,” the film is anticipated to reinvent the Superman genre.
It would be cooler if this was a Nolan film but he still has to direct the next Batman movie to start filming in Pittsburgh. Perhaps Pittsburgh will be made to look like Gotham like Chicago looked like Gotham in Batman Begins!

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