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Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' New York Casting Call for Boxers

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Steven Spielberg attends 'The BFG (Le Bon Gros Geant - Le BGG)' photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com)

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

Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and talent to work on scenes filming on August 23rd in New York City.

Producers are seeking the following types:

  • Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking REAL Latino and African American boxers for background work in a gym scene on the upcoming Steven Spielberg film "West Side Story". Must be local to the tri-state area.

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.

How to apply:

“West Side Story” Open Casting Call

Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking REAL Latino and African American boxers for background work in a gym scene on the upcoming Steven Spielberg film "West Side Story". Must be local to the tri-state area. Looking for men who are comfortable sparring with a partner or on the bags and have REAL experience. Tentative shoot date of 8/23. Will be fit at TBD date before work date in Brooklyn. Full day availability needed for work date. Shooting will take place in New Jersey (transportation will be provided from the city). This is paid background work! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS POSTING! Men must have natural colored hair, with full length all over. NO FADES, NO CREW CUTS, NO EDGING, NO LINE UPS. Should be willing to let the hair department cut/ trim hair to the appropriate length. Google 1950s men hairstyles. Men should be clean shaven. MEN MUST NOT HAVE TATTOOS, OR HAVE VERY SMALL TATTOOS THAT CAN BE EASILY COVERED. If interested please send the following to [email protected]: -NAME -CELL # -UNION STATUS -AGE -Confirm you are tri-state local -SIZES -confirm you are comfortable with haircut -availability for fitting and work date -a note on your REAL boxing experience/training -recent color photos (selfie, profile, back and full body) of your current look THAT CLEARLY SHOW CURRENT HAIR LENGTH AND COLOR (no filters, no sunglasses, no hats, no headshots) Make subject line: FB Real Boxer

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