Disney casting actors for feature film ‘The Finest Hours’

Disney casting directors are auditioning actors for lead and supporting roles in the true-story feature film The Finest Hours.

Whitaker Entertainment will begin shooting the period coast guard drama film in Massachusetts beginning early September, 2014. The Finest Hours is based on the nonfiction book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias.

The Finest Hours tells the story of a Coast Guard rescue undertaken after two oil tankers were torn in half by treacherous waves during a deadly nor’easter blizzard. There were four rescue efforts, including two undertaken by a handful of men on two old, wooden, motorized 36-foot lifeboats. The men understood they had no business fighting frozen gale winds and seas but went anyway in an attempt to rescue the 84 men who were floating on halves of the cracked and sinking oil tankers.

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards winner Chris Pine will star in The Finest Hours. Directors Guild of America DGA Award winner Craig Gillespie will direct from an adapted screenplay written by Academy Award nominees Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy. Online Film & Television Association OFTA Award nominee Dorothy Aufiero will produce along with Peabody Awards winner James Whitaker. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will handle domestic distribution.

The Finest Hours Casting Calls and Casting Director Information

All talent including minors and foreign actors must be legally eligible to work in the state of Massachusetts and in the United States.

The 2014 Boston Actors Resource Guide eBook has the information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in the State of Massachusetts and the United States:

• Child Labor Laws in Massachusetts
• Massachusetts Application for Waiver of Child Labor Restrictions
• Massachusetts Child Entertainment Contract Application
• Massachusetts Child Entertainment Contract Approval Instructions
• Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Locations
• Massachusetts Child Labor Complainant Form
• Massachusetts Teen Work Permit Application
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

In addition to the following Boston Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Boston Casting Directors List
• Boston Extras Casting Directors List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Boston Talent Agents List
• Boston Acting Coaches, Classes, and Schools List
• Summer Performing Arts Camps
• Boston Headshot Photographers List
• Boston Headshot Duplication Photo Labs
• Miscellaneous Boston Actors Resources
• Actors Unions and Organizations
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

All 2014 Actors Resource Guide eBook locations are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Kara Lipson
Mindy Marin Casting
Casting Artists, Inc.
1433 6th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. IF the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


“Project Name”
“Role of _______”

Extras Casting


Check back soon for extras casting calls.

Crew Members

Experienced film crew members located in Massachusetts can submit resumes to the following:



Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Nor’ Easter Productions
116 East Howard Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Whitaker Entertainment
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Old Animation Building 2H-8
Burbank, CA 91521

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521


Jim Whitaker
Dorothy Aufiero


Paul Tamasy
Eric Johnson


Craig Gillespie


Chris Pine


In 1952, the Coast Guard makes a rescue attempt off of Cape Cod when oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard.

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