Wheatfield Productions and Kimball Technologies Productions are set to begin filming the Walt Disney Pictures feature film “Tomorrowland” in August, 2013. The casting directors are accepting submissions from talent for major supporting roles in the film. The roles include several children as well as adults. Production will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia where the extras and stand-ins will be cast throughout the shoot. All ages, types, and ethnicities can register to be considered for extra work.
The film involves a place called Tomorrowland, which subsists in an alternative dimension than our known universe. Young 10-year-old Frank Walker is a smart, savvy and innovative boy visiting the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. After being snubbed by an exhibitor named David Nix, Frank is noticed by a girl named Athena who sneaks him into Tomorrowland, where science has advanced far beyond what humans know of in that day and age. However David Nix discovers young Frank and expels him back to Earth – but not before Frank discovers that Athena was actually a robot. Flash forward to today, where with the help of Athena and a beautiful teenage girl named Casey, middle-aged Frank sets out on an inter-dimensional adventure. The goal is not only to exact revenge on Nix, but also to save Earth.
The significance of the 1964 World’s Fair in the film is that it was the venue Walt Disney used to design and perfect his system of “Audio-Animatronics” in which a combination of electromechanical actuators and computers controls the movement of lifelike robots to act out scenes. Thus the robot Athena in “Tomorrowland”. Today, this early technology is still used at all Disneyland Parks, from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, It’s a Small World, Thunder Mountain, and many other attractions.
Starring in “Tomorrowland” is Academy Award winner George Clooney in the role of older Frank Walker. Recently Clooney won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Picture and the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing the film Argo. He is the only person in Academy Award history to be nominated for Oscars in six different categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. Two-time Golden Globe Award winner Hugh Laurie has joined the cast as the villain David Nix. The very talented Raffey Cassidy is playing the role of robot Athena. Cassidy played Young Snow White in Disney’s “Snow White and the Huntsman”. She recently completed shooting on “Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist” in which she played the title role.
Two-time Academy Award winner Brad Bird will direct “Tomorrowland” from a screenplay written by Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. Bird has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor. He made his live-action film directing debut with “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” in 2011. After graduating from high school, Disney awarded a scholarship for Bird to attend California Institute of the Arts, where he became friends with Pixar co-founder and director John Lasseter.
In addition to co-writing the screenplay, Damon Lindelof is also producing “Tomorrowland”. Lindelof was showrunner, writer, and executive producer of the hit ABC series “Lost”. He also wrote and produced “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Prometheus” and the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness”. Lindelof is the writer of the comic book miniseries “Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk” for Marvel Comics, which takes place in the Ultimate Marvel universe. Lindelof attended film school at New York University.
Disney casting directors have an amazing slate of projects to cast in various stages of development including “Pirates of the Caribbean 5,” “Toy Story of Terror,” “Alice in Wonderland 2,” “Oz the Great and Powerful 2,” “Jungle Cruise,” and “Indiana Jones 5”. The Walt Disney Animation Studio feature film “Frozen” will be hitting theaters on November 27, 2013. Other completed films set for release include “The Lone Ranger” on July 3rd, “Saving Mr. Banks” on December 13th, and “Maleficent” on July 2, 2014.
Children/Teens and all non-Canadian citizen talent must be legally eligible to work in Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada.
The 2013 Vancouver Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and includes the following information and documents for adults, children, teens, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Vancouver and British Columbia:
• Guide to Child Labour Laws in Canada
• Canadian Work Permit Information Sheet for Foreigners
• Canadian Application for Temporary Resident VISA
• British Columbia Child Labor Guidelines
• British Columbia Work Permit Application for Foreigners
• British Columbia Newcomers Guide
• British Columbia Temporary Foreign Workers Factsheet
• British Columbia Employment of Young People in the Entertainment Industry
• British Columbia Trust Funds for Children working in the Entertainment Industry
• Using Groups for Background in the British Columbia Entertainment Industry
In addition to the following Vancouver Actors Resources:
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Vancouver Casting Directors List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Vancouver Talent Agents List
• Vancouver Extras Agents List
• Vancouver Acting Schools and Coaches List
• Vancouver Headshot Photographers List
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Vancouver Resources
• 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.
April Webster & Associates
2600 W. Olive Avenue
Burbank, CA 91505
NO UNANNOUNCED PERSONAL VISITS!
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.
Wheatfield Productions LTD
c/o Mammoth Studios
2880 Underhill Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5A 3C5
Kimball Technologies Productions
2300 W. Olive Avenue
Burbank, CA 91506
Walt Disney Pictures
500 S Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Team Disney Building
Burbank, CA 9152
Producers: Damon Lindelof
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Jeff Jensen, Brad Bird
Director: Brad Bird
George Clooney – Frank Walker
Hugh Laurie – David Nix
Raffey Cassidy – Athena
A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth.