New Mexico lands ‘The Avengers’ without Demi Lovato and will cast local talent

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Walt Disney co-owned Marvel Studios is moving full steam ahead with pre-production on the upcoming superhero blockbuster film “The Avengers”. The film will be directed by Academy Award nominated Joss Whedon, and shot in 3-D. Whedon is also re-working a script that was originally written by scribe Zak Penn.

Marvel Studios Co-Presidents Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito, VP Development & Production Jeremy Latcham, Executive Vice President of Visual Effects Victoria Alonso, and Executive of Animation Development Joshua Fine will all oversee production for the studio. Although Primetime Emmy Award nominee Jon Favreau stated in December 2010 that he will not direct “Iron Man 3”, he will remain as an executive producer on “The Avengers” under his Fairview Entertainment banner.

“The Avengers” will be filmed almost entirely in New Mexico, and will become the state’s largest feature film production ever with an estimated budget surpassing $200 million. New Mexico has a 25 percent rebate program intended to bring major film and television productions to the state, but the rebate is less generous than what some other states such as Louisiana and Michigan offer.

Marvel also chose New Mexico due to the close propinquity to Los Angeles, heterogeneous landscape and the fact that the studio recently enjoyed filming scenes for another film there – “Thor.” The picture was originally slated to start filming in February, 2011 but Marvel Studio executives pushed the production start date back to April, 2011 to accommodate the change in filming location. reported on Christmas Eve 2010 that Demi Lovato is “up for a role in The Avengers,” however this information is inaccurate, unless it is a cameo role that Lovato’s agent is pursuing. All of the main principal actors have been cast. There will still be casting for day players and extras, mainly in Albuquerque, New Mexico where filming will start in April, 2011. There will also be additional casting in Michigan and New York, the other two filming locations. Shooting will run through September 2010. The exact shooting dates for Michigan and New York have not been officially released.

“The Avengers” has a scheduled release date of May 4, 2012.

Principal Actor Casting

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

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

Los Angeles and New York:

Randi Hiller
Sarah Finn
“The Avengers” Talent Submission
721 1/2 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069


Randi Hiller formed her own company “Randi Hiller Casting” in 2008, however she still works closely with former business partner Sarah Finn and Marvel Studios, and they are teamed up for this project.


Janet Pound
Kathy Mooney
Pound & Mooney Casting
1761 East Lincoln
Madison Heights, MI 48071

Extras Casting

All  Locations:

Maryellen Aviano
“The Avengers” Extras Casting Coordinator
1000 Flower Street
Glendale, CA 91201

Open Casting Calls will be held in each of the cities where filming is to take place. Details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

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.

The Avengers Production Office (Albuquerque)
Marvel Easter Productions LLC/Group Hug
5650 University Blvd. SE
Bldg. C, 1st Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87106

The Avengers Production Office (Los Angeles)
Marvel Easter Productions, LLC
1600 Rosecrans Avenue
Building 6A
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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

Jon Favreau
Fairview Entertainment
1323 Miller Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque Studios
5650 University Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Marvel Studios, Inc.
1600 Rosecrans Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Michigan – TBA

New York – TBA


Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Jeremy Latcham, Victoria Alonso, Jon Favreau, Alan Fine, Stan Lee


Joss Whedon


Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson – Black Widow
Chris Evans – Captain America
Chris Hemsworth – Thor
Don Cheadle – War Machine
Jeremy Renner – Hawkeye
Tom Hiddleston – Loki
Mark Ruffalo/Lou Ferrigno – The Hulk
Clark Gregg – S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson
Samuel L. Jackson – S.H.I.E.L.D. Director General Nick Fury


A superhero team called “The Avengers” do battle against two separate alien extraterrestrial humanoid life forms. The Avengers are a superhero team, consisting of a group of Marvel Comics heroes aka “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”. The aliens that The Avengers will fight are called “The Kree” and “Skrulls”. These two extraterrestrial races become embroiled in a war for ages that ultimately makes its way to Earth, and the Avengers unite to intervene with all their power and might combined.


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John Done is a casting auditions writer.

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