Casting call for feature film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ supporting artists, core extras, and stand-ins

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Guardians of the Galaxy UK Casting Call

Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to hit theaters on August 1, 2014
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Marvel Studios, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company is in pre-production on the live-action 3D sci-fi adventure film “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Casting is underway for the main characters in the film in addition to co-starring and supporting roles, as well as voice-over actors for ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording) sessions. Casting calls have now been issued for talent in the UK to work as supporting artists, core extras, and stand-ins for the film’s starring actors. Shooting will commence in June, 2013 at Shepperton Studios and various locations around the UK.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” centers on U.S. fighter pilot Peter Quill, who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons Drax The Destroyer, a green warrior with the deadly purpose whose powers include enhanced strength and resilience, flight, and the ability to project energy blasts from his hands; a giant tree-man named Groot who can absorb wood as food, with the ability to rebuild himself and enhance his strength; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives; and Gamora, an assassin and the last survivor of her species whose powers include superhuman strength and agility and an accelerated healing factor. These interstellar heroes have something everyone wants.

Starring in “Guardians of the Galaxy” is two-time Teen Choice Awards nominee Chris Pratt playing the role of U.S. fighter pilot Peter Quill, who becomes the interplanetary policeman Star-Lord. Pratt ended up being cast in the role instead of actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jim Sturgess, Zachary Levi, John Krasinski, and Michael Rosenbaum. Pratt recently completed shooting the DreamWorks film “The Delivery Man” starring opposite Cobie Smulders and Vince Vaughn. He is currently doing voice-over work on “Lego: The Piece of Resistance,” playing the character Emmet. WWE superstar Dave Bautista has been cast to play Drax the Destroyer. Independent Spirit Awards nominee Michael Rooker is playing the character Yondu.

Filmmaker James Gunn is directing “Guardians of the Galaxy” from a screenplay written by himself and Nicole Perlman, with rewrites by Chris McCoy. Gunn directed the 2010 film “Super” starring Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon. He previously wrote and co-directed the critically acclaimed independent film “Tromeo and Juliet”. Writer Nicole Perlman is a relative newcomer, and is a graduate of Marvel’s now-defunct writing program. Chris McCoy is also a screenwriting newcomer, however he has five screenplays lined up for production.

Marvel Studios SVP of Production and Development Jeremy Latcham, and Marvel Studios EVP of Visual Effects and Post Production Victoria Alonso will executive produce. Marvel Studios Co-President Kevin Feige will oversee production for the studio. Feige has been involved in all of Marvel Studios theatrical productions since the first X-Men film in 2000, and he will receive the Motion Picture Showman of the Year award at the ICG Publicists Guild Awards on February 22, 2013.

London Supporting Artists and Extras Casting Call

The Core

The Disney extras casting directors are looking for males and females who are seasoned professional supporting artists (background performers) to be a core group of people who will be used for a variety of different roles throughout filming on the production.

The Requirements:

• You must be between 20-60 years of age.
• You must be comfortable wearing prosthetics and make-up.
• You must be an experienced supporting artist.
• You must have good availability between end of June through to September.
• If you are selected for a role, the filming dates will be supplied.

Being on an Alien planet

The Disney casting directors are looking for males and females who are amputees.

The Requirements:

• You must be between 18-90 years of age.
• You must be an amputee.
• You must submit a photo clearly showing that you are an amputee.
• If you are selected for a role, the filming dates will be supplied.

Doubling for the Super Hero

The Disney casting directors are looking for males to double for one of the main actors.

The Requirements:

•  You must be male between 20-50 years of age.
•  You must between 6’1″ and 6’3″ tall.
•  You must be between a 43″ chest to a 46″ chest
•  You must be between a 37″ and 39″ waist.
•  You must be available between the end of June and September.

The Disney casting directors are looking for males and females who are Albinos.

The Requirements:

• You must be between 18-90 years of age.
• You must be Albino.
• If you are selected for a role, the filming dates will be supplied.

Tall Aliens

The Disney casting directors are looking for are looking for tall males to pale skinned aliens.

The Requirements:

• You must be 6’8″ or taller.
• You must be male between 16-90 years of age.
• You must have good availability between end of June to September.

Mutant Soldiers

The Disney casting directors are looking for males with Stunt or SPAK experience to play mutant soldiers.

The Requirements:

• You must be male between 18yrs and 50yrs old.
• You must have stunt or SPAK experience.
• You must be happy to wear a mask.
• You must be 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 1 inches tall
• You must be between a 41 inch and a 43 inch chest.
• You must be between a 31 inch and 33 inch chest.
• If you are selected for a role, the filming dates will be supplied.

Getting around with no hair

The Disney casting directors are looking for bald males and females.

The Requirements:

• You must be bald or have a shaved head.
• If you are selected for a role, the filming dates will be supplied.

Protecting the Galaxy

The Disney casting directors are looking for for people to play a variety of different roles.

Filming will be starting in mid-June.

To be considered for any of the above roles, please register at Casting Collective, the official Disney Casting company for this film:

“Guardians of The Galaxy” London Extras Registration 

Minors and foreign talent MUST be legally eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

The 2013 London Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and includes the following 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 London and the United Kingdom:

• London Child Actor Information
• London Child Actor Chaperone Information
• London Bylaws on the Employment of Children
• London Child Stage Performance Application Form
• London Child Work Permit Application
• United Kingdom Foreign Actors Visa Information
• United Kingdom Entertainer Visitor Application Form
• United Kingdom Employment Application Form

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• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• London Casting Directors List
• London Extras Casting Directors List
• London Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• London Actors Headshot Photographers
• United Kingdom Acting Schools
• London Performers Unions and Organizations
• Miscellaneous London Actors Resources
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

The 2013 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.


Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

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

London:

Karen Goddard
Priscilla John
PO Box 22477
London
W6 OGT
UK

Extras Casting

London:

Casting Collective
Olympic House
317-321 Latimer Road
London W10 6RA
UK

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.

Marvel Studios
1600 Rosecrans Avenue
Building 7A
Suite 110
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Marvel Enterprises
135 W 50th Street
New York, NY 10020

Walt Disney Studios
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Executive Producers:

Louis D’Esposito
Victoria Alonso

Producers:

Kevin Feige

Director:

James Gunn

Starring:

Chris Pratt – Peter Quill/Star-Lord
Dave Bautista – Arthur Douglas/Drax the Destroyer
To Be Cast – Groot/Monarch of Planet X
To Be Cast – Rocket Raccoon
To Be Cast – Gamora

Story:

Guardians of the Galaxy is a sci-fi action film in the vein of “Flash Gordon” meets “Con Air” meets “Star Wars” about a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.

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