Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Casting Call for Teen Actors

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

Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and talent to work on July 18th in Brooklyn, New York City.

Producers are seeking the following types:

  • Looking for Caucasian men (18-20s age range) who are tough looking, slim, and can portray 18 to look younger.

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 18 to look younger Caucasian men to portray tough looking kids on the upcoming Steven Spielberg film “West Side Story”. Must be local to the tri-state area.

Looking for Caucasian men (18-20s age range) who are tough looking, slim, and can portray 18 to look younger.

Tentative shoot date of 7/28. Will be fit in Brooklyn at TBD date before work date. Full day availability needed for work date.

This is paid background work!

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.


If interested please send the following to [email protected]:
-Confirm you are tri-state local
-confirm you are comfortable with haircut
-availability for fitting and work date
-what IDs can you bring to fill out I9?
-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 Tough Kid

Related: How to Find Acting Auditions and Casting Calls
Please do not apply, if you are not local or if you do not fit the description.

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