'Nickel Boys' Speaking Role Open Casting Call

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'Nickel Boys' is now casting multiple speaking roles for MGM Studios and Brad Pitt's Plan B productions.

'Nickel Boys' Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and influencers to work on the upcoming feature film 'Nickel Boys' for MGM and Brad Pitt's Plan B Productions.

Producers are seeking and hiring the following types:

About 'Nickel Boys':

MGM and Plan B Have Announced That RaMell Ross Will Helm A Script Adaptation Of Colson Whitehead's The Nickel Boys For The Film.

RaMell Ross, the maker of one of the most incredible documentaries in recent years with the Apichatpong Weerasethakul-backed, Sundance-winning, and Oscar-nominated Hale County This Morning, This Evening, is venturing into new territory for his next feature.

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With MGM and Brad Pitt's Plan B partners, Ross will debut his first narrative fiction project with the adaptation of Colson Whitehead's renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning 2019 novel The Nickel Boys. A few casting calls alerted us to the endeavor, which follows the true story of abuses at Dozier School for Boys in Florida. Production will begin next month in Louisiana, specifically New Orleans, Hammond, Ponchatoula, and LaPlace, where filming will continue through December.

When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood's only salvation is his friendship with fellow "delinquent" Turner, which deepens despite Turner's conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes ever more perilous, the tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.

Watch a fascinating conversation between Time director Garrett Bradley and Rossa below.

How to apply?

To audition for a role in 'Nickel Boys', check out the casting call breakdown below.

'Nickel Boys' Open Casting Call

The Nickel Boys (an adaptation of Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize winning novel) Open Casting Call

Director: Ramell Ross

Studio: MGM

Producers: Plan B Entertainment, Anonymous Content.

Start Date: October 31 End Date: December 16Location: New Orleans

CASTING - To portray: Elwood/LEAD ROLE. (18+ who can convincingly play 17).

  • Black male. 17 years old. A daydreamer and truth seeker. Well-mannered and observational, he sees the beauty in everyday ordinary things. Smart in a scholarly way.

About The Nickel Boys:

The Nickel Boys is a novel by Colson Whitehead. It was published in July 2019 by Doubleday. The novel tells the story of two African-American boys who are sent to a juvenile reform school in Florida during the 1960s. The book is based on the true story of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, which was closed in 2011 after years of abuse and neglect. The Nickel Boys was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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