Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” Open Casting Call

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Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake is now casting in New York City.

Grant Wilfley Casting is now casting talent for the upcoming Fox Pictures feature film “West Side Story”, which is directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie is set in the late 1950s and casting directors are looking for background actors to play New York City Types, “Men & Women, all ethnicities, all ages (including kids), and all types with a 1950s period look.”

Producers are specifically seeking Latino men and women, ages 18 to 30 years old, for Puerto Rican neighborhood scenes. Casting directors are looking for men who are “slim/in-shape, with medium to longish hair. Must be willing to get hair cut into a period appropriate haircut. Looking for full hair all around. No crew cuts, shaved heads, fades or edging.”

Filming will shoot from June to September in New York City. Costume fittings will start in May and continue throughout filming.

About West Side Story:

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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.

Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” Casting Call

How to apply:

Seeking the following for the upcoming Fox Pictures feature film “West Side Story”, directed by Steven Spielberg:

Film is set in the late 1950s. Seeking Extras to be New York City types: Men & Women, all ethnicities, all ages (including kids), and all types with a 1950s period look.

Specifically seeking Latino men and women, 18-30s age range, for Puerto Rican Neighborhood scenes.

Looking for men who are slim/in-shape, with medium to longish hair. Must be willing to get hair cut into a period appropriate haircut. Looking for full hair all around. No crew cuts, shaved heads, fades or edging.

Looking for women who have hair shoulder-length or shorter or willing to have their hair cut into a period appropriate length. Hair should be one natural color – no highlights, ombré or wild colors.

Seeking people without tattoos or with tattoos that are small enough to be easily covered with make-up.

Will be filming June-September in NYC. Costume fittings will begin in May and continue throughout filming.

To submit, email [email protected] with all the following:
– your name
– union status (SAG-AFTRA or NonUnion)
– phone number
– height, weight, clothing and shoe sizes
– attach current photos that are clear and recent (close-up & full body) (men include a side profile photo as well)
– if under 18, include your actual age
Write “FB Submission” in the subject line of your email.

This casting is for paid extra/background work.

Related: How to Find Acting Auditions and Casting Calls

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

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