Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” Casting Call for Teen Actors

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Steven Spielberg‘s new movie “West Side Story” is now casting teen actors in New York City.

Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and talent to work on scenes filming on June 20th, July 13th, 14th and August 3rd in New York City. Fittings will take place between May 20th and the 21st.

Producers are seeking the following types:

  • Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking NONUNION men and women, 18-mid 20s age range, to portray Teen Subway Passengers for the upcoming Steven Spielberg film “West Side Story”.

About West Side Story:

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Steven Spielberg speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Ready Player One”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. (Via Gage Skidmore/ Flickr)

Spielberg is developing a remake of the 1961 Robert Wise street-gang musical, with Lincoln and Munich screenwriter Tony Kushner penning the adaptation. This news comes out after a national talent search for the lead roles in the movie. Project Casting first reported the news in 2018 as casting directors held online auditions for the following roles.

West Side Story is a 1961 American musical romantic tragedy film by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris, and was photographed by Daniel L. Fapp, A.S.C., in Super Panavision 70. Released on October 18, 1961, through United Artists, the film received high praise from critics and viewers, and became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture (as well as a special award for Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical.

How to apply:

“West Side Story” Open Casting Call

Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking NONUNION men and women, 18-mid 20s age range, to portray Teen Subway Passengers for the upcoming Steven Spielberg film “West Side Story”.

Tentative shoot dates June 20th, July 13th, July 14th, & August 3rd. These are EXTERIOR scenes. WOMEN will fit Monday 5/20. MEN will fit Tuesday 5/21.

Summer season wardrobe. NO VISIBLE TATTOOS. Requires a fitting beforehand. The film is set in the 1950s so hair is important. MEN: must have natural colored hair, with full length all over. NO FADES, NO CREW CUTS, NO EDGING, NO LINE UPS. Also must be willing to let the hair department cut/ trim your hair to the appropriate length. Google 1950s men hairstyles. MEN MUST BE CLEAN SHAVEN! NO FACIAL HAIR! MEN MUST BE OK GROWING OUT HAIR & RECEIVING A PERIOD HAIRCUT!!

WOMEN: must have natural colored hair- no highlights, ombre, streaks, etc. No wigs or extensions. All hair will be ABOVE shoulder-length or you must be willing to let our hair department cut your hair to the appropriate length. WOMEN MUST BE OK RECEIVING A PERIOD HAIRCUT IF HAIR IS SHOULDER-LENGTH OR LONGER!!

If interested please send the following to [email protected]:
-NAME
-CELL #
-UNION STATUS
-SIZES (MEN: height, weight, jacket, neck x sleeve, waist x inseam, shoe, WOMEN: height, weight, dress/pant size, bust x waist x hip, and shoe sizes )
-confirm available for fitting & work dates
-confirm you are comfortable with hair requirements
-recent color photos of your current look THAT CLEARLY SHOW CURRENT HAIR LENGTH AND COLOR (no filters, no sunglasses, no hats, no headshots)

Make the subject line: FB TEEN SUBWAY

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Please do not apply, if you are not local or if you do not fit the description.

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