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NEW YORK-MAY 5: First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama speaks at the Anna Wintour Costume Center Grand Opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)

Netflix's 'Rustin' cast, casting calls, auditions, and news you should know.

The American drama film 'Rustin' was based on a screenplay by Dustin Lance Black and George Wolfe. The latter also directed it. While no specific date was announced for its release, it was shared that power couple Barack and Michelle Obama will produce the film through their company, 'Higher Ground Productions.'

Netflix has announced that they will distribute the film. 

What's the plot?

'Rustin' covers the life of Bayard Rustin. The late Rustin is a civil rights activist who gained popularity for his non-violent protest stance and for organizing the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. That famous march set the stage for Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

He was not just for equality but also open about his homosexuality, which was a big deal in those days. He suffered a three-year prison term for refusal to cooperate with authorities and for lewd vagrancy because of his sexual orientation. 

President Obama, who also produces the film, awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 posthumously.

Who's in it?

Colman Domingo leads the cast and stars as Bayard Rustin. 

The 52-year-old actor is also known as a writer and director. He got his big break on Broadway as Mr. Bones in 'The Scottsboro Boys.' which won him a Tony Award. 

For his film credits, he has worked with the caliber of Steven Spielberg in the film' Lincoln.' He also gained popularity for his performances on television as Victor Strand in AMC's Fear the Walking Dead and Ali on Euphoria.

Here's a list of the other cast members according to the Netflix website: 

  • Colman Domingo as Bayard Rustin
  • CCH Pounder as Dr. Anna Hedgeman
  • Bill Irwin as A.J. Muste
  • Aml Ameen as Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Carra Patterson as Coretta Scott King
  • Michael Potts as Cleveland Robinson
  • Adrienne Warren as Claudia Taylor
  • Cotter Smith as Chief Wells
  • Frank Harts as James Farmer
  • Johnny Ramey as Elias Taylor
  • Ayana Workman as Elanor Holmes
  • Gus Halper as Tom
  • Chris Rock 
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph 
  • Audra McDonald 
  • Glynn Turman 

'Rustin' Casting Information

Donna Belajac leads the casting team. She's won one Primetime Emmy and has worked on films such as 'Mindhunter,' 'Last Flag Flying,' 'Captain Phillips' and 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.' 

There are other contacts you can tap if you'd like to try for a spot in this drama. Rose Locke, for example, heads the casting process for extras, and she's known for films such as 'Let's Be Cops,' 'The Darkest Minds' and 'Gemini Man.'

Other members of the casting team include Scotty Anderson, Lynette J. Blackwell, Missy Finnell, Astride Noel, Robb Pendleton, Patrick Rokn, Caroline Smith, Joy Southers, Bailey Vetterick, and Brigitte Whitmire.

Casting directors primarily contact actors to work through talent agencies. 

If you are interested in a speaking role in 'Rustin,' contact your talent agent for an audition. 

If you do not have an agent, check out our guide to landing an acting agent here.

'Rustin Casting Call & Acting Auditions

Netflix 'Rustin' Open Casting Call

Job Description: Casting directors are now casting actors to work on scenes filming in Washington, DC from Sunday, August 7th to Friday, July 12th. Must be able to work from the said date. 

Role: Background Actors

  • Age range: 18+
  • local to the DC, MD, VA area
    • Returning actors will get a one time $50 bump.
    • Provide us with the specifics of your role.

Covid Test: TBD
Rate: Pay is $250/12, Fitting - $75, Covid Test - $75

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