The TV series is based on the novel The Returned by Jason Mott and is being co-produced by Brad Pitt and Aaron Zelman.
The pilot was officially ordered to series on May 10, 2013 and was placed on the schedule as a limited series to run during the 2013–14 television season.
The series centers on the residents of Arcadia, Missouri, whose lives take a surprising turn when their loved ones return from the dead, unaged since their supposed deaths, including Jacob Garland, an 8-year-old boy drowned thirty years earlier. Having been found in China, he is brought back to America by an Immigration Agent. His surprise return causes the local sheriff, whose wife drowned trying to rescue Jacob, to learn more about this mystery. The cast lineup includes actor Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Devin Kelley, Kurtwood Smith, and Landon Gimenez in his first big role as young Jacob Garland.
Cynthia Stillwell Casting is looking for background talent for the series. The show is specifically looking for families, especially children 8 to 12 years old. Stillwell said the kids would act as an ensemble of friends at a playground around the show’s hero, Jacob.
Filming for the series began on July 22, with locations in Norcross, McDonough and the Screen Gems at Lakewood in Atlanta. If interested in becoming an extra, send recent headshots, photos and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org Sizes, weight and height must be included.