Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” New York City Open Casting Call

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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 /

Steven Spielberg‘s new movie “West Side Story” will be holding an open call for extras in New York City.

Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” is now casting background actors to work on the upcoming feature film. Casting directors are looking for New York City locals to appear as extras in the upcoming Fox Pictures feature film. Filming will shoot between June through September in NYC. Costume fittings will start in May and continue throughout filming. Producers are hiring actors for the following roles:

  1. Seeking people to play New York City types – men, women, and children, all ethnicities and all types with a 1950s period look.
  2. Specifically seeking Latino men and women (18 to 30s age range) for Puerto Rican neighborhood scenes

The open call will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019

  • SAG AFTRA: 10 AM to 11 AM
  • Nonunion: 1 PM to 4 PM

1912 Adam Clayton Powell, JR BLVD @116th ST, New York City 10026

Talents should be prepared to have a digital picture taken.

To apply online visit here.

About West Side Story:

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Steven Spielberg speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Ready Player One”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. (Via Gage Skidmore/ Flickr)

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.

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Please do not apply, if you are not local or if you do not fit the description.

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