How to Get Cast in Netflix’s ‘Colin in Black & White’

Netflix's 'Colin in Black & White'
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Netflix’s Colin in Black & White is now casting and hiring actors.

The drama series from Colin Kaepernick and Ava DuVernay is now filming in Brooklyn, New York, and will center around the NFL football star Colin Kaepernick. The limited series focuses on Kaepernick as a child and how it informed his activism and professional football career.

The upcoming Netflix limited-series is directed by Ava DuVernay and stars football star Colin Kaepernick.

Cast:

The upcoming Netflix series will star Colin Kaepernick, Mary-Louis Parker (Weeds), and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation). Louis-Parker and Offerman will play Teresa and Rick Kaepernick, the adoptive parents of Colin Kaepernick, whose life changes in this upcoming coming-of-age drama. The star’s role as Colin’s parents will show them navigating the challenges of raising a Black son in a predominately white community and family.

Actor Jaden Michael will play a young version of Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick will voice narrate his own story over six episodes.

About Colin Kaepernick:

Colin Kaepernick
NEW YORK – APRIL 25, 2017: Colin Kaepernick and Nessa attend the Time 100 Gala on April 25, 2017, in New York City. – Image (Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com
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Colin Kaepernick, born November 3, 1987, is an American civil rights activist and football quarterback. He played six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. As a political activist, he knelt during the national anthem at the start of NFL games in protest of racial inequality and police brutality in America.

Kaepernick played college football for the Nevada Wolf Pack. He was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year twice and became the only player in the NCAA Division 1 FBS history to reach 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career. In the 2011 NFL Draft, he was selected by the 49ers in the second round. Kaepernick started his career as a backup quarterback to Alex Smith and became the starter in the middle of the 2012 season after Smith suffered a concussion. He remained the quarterback and took the team to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1994. Over the next three seasons, Kaepernick lost and won his starting job.

In the third preseason game in 2016, Kaepernick sat during the U.S. National Anthem before the game, rather than standing, to protest police brutality and systematic oppression. The protest became controversial across the country, with sides agree and disagreeing with him. The actions resulted in a wider protest movement, which intensified in September 2017 after President Donald Trump said NFL owners should “fire” players who protest the national anthem.

After the season, Kaepernick became a free agent and remained unsigned, which numerous sports analysts have attributed to his political beliefs. In November 2017, he filed a grievance against the NFL and its owners, accusing them of colluding to keep him out of the league. He would later withdraw the grievance after reaching a confidential settlement with the NFL. His protests received new attention in 2020 after the killing of George Floyd. But as of December 2020, he remains unsigned by any professional football team.

Netflix’s Colin in Black & White Casting Calls & Auditions

Colin Kaepernick
LOS ANGELES – MAY 03: Colin Kaepernick, Teresa Kaepernick, Rick Kaepernick, and Nessa Diab arrives for VH1’s 3rd Annual ‘Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms’ on May 3, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA (DFree / Shutterstock.com)

Casting directors are now casting background extras and stand-ins to work on the Netflix series.

Colin Kaepernick Stand-in

  • COLIN KAEPERNICK STANDIN: Male, African American, 6’3″-6″6″. Please note your standin/acting/modeling experience and accurately list your measurements.

Extras Casting Call

  • Football Players/Enslaved Persons: 18-35, Male, African American.
    • **Be aware that you will be asked to portray both football players and enslaved men. There is a tie in the story between Colin Kaepernick’s rebuff of racial inequality and the enslaved portrayals in this scene. You will be dressed in football practice attire and attire for the enslaved.
    • ** All cast will be asked to wear shackles for parts of this scene. Make sure you are comfortable with this before submission.
  • Coaches/Scouts/Enslaved Person Appraisers: 30-65, Male, White.
    • **Be aware that you will be asked to portray both football coaches/scouts and slave appraisers for the scene.**
  • 1700’s Models: 18-35, Any ethnicity, female. Must be at least 5’8″. $500/8hrs.
  • Fashion Designer: 30-45, Male, White.
  • Beauty Queens/Pageant Girls: 18-30, African American, Female.
  • Waitress: 18-28, White, Female.
  • 1930’s Bus Passengers: 20-60’s, Any ethnicity.

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