Universal Pictures Ron Howard film "Heartless" open casting call in Chicago

Ron Howard is gearing up to direct a Universal Pictures feature film starring Vince Vaughn, Winona Ryder, and Kevin James. Shooting will take place from May 25, 2010 to August 6, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Release date is scheduled for January 14th 2011.

The film has been in pre-production under the working titles of "Your Cheating Heart" and "Cheaters", but the production office address in Chicago is called "Heartless Productions, LLC".

There will be an open casting call on May 22, 2010 for extras to appear in the film. The extras casting directors is seeking all types of people, any ethnicity, from children to senior citizens. They are also seeking people who are Chicago Blackhawk fans to show up wearing Chicago Blackhawks gear (official NHL licensed jerseys, T-shirts, hats, sweaters, foam fingers, etc.). They would prefer the red home jerseys. A photo will be taken in your fan attire.

Open Call Details

18+ years only (for minors see below)


The Chicago Academy for the Arts
1010 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
Click Here for directions.


Saturday, May 22, 2010
11:00am - 4:00pm

Please bring a recent 4x6 color photo or your headshot/resume and make sure you have a pen to fill out forms. If you have a child and would like them to be considered for work on the film, please submit their information via email:

In the subject line please put 'Untitled Ron Howard Project Child Submission'.

Include the following information in the email:

Your name, child's name, phone number, e-mail address, age and date of birth, ethnicity, hair color, eye color, height, weight, your child's clothing sizes and attach a photo (.jpg format only, no files larger than 1MB).

To work on the show, your child will need a valid Illinois Dept. of Labor Employment Certificate, also know as a "work permit".

Click Here to download the forms and instructions on how to obtain a permit.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies (they will most likely end up in the trash can), they do not cast the films. They hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Imagine Entertainment
9465 Wilshire Blvd.
7th Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Wild West Picture Show Productions
100 Universal City Plaza
Bungalow 4144
Universal City, CA 91608

Scarlet Fire Entertainment
561 28th Ave.
Venice, CA 90291

(Production Office)
Heartless Productions, LLC
8120 Lehigh Ave.
Morton Grove, IL 60053

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.

Jane Jenkins
The Casting Company
12750 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 102
Studio City, CA 91604

Extras Casting (Chicago):

Jonathan Kinnas
Atmosphere Casting of Chicago
P.O. Box 802629
Chicago, IL 60680-2629


Brian Grazer
Kim Roth


Ron Howard


Vince Vaughn
Kevin James
Winona Ryder


When Ronny Valentine (Vaughn), who has idealized his best friend and business partner Isaac Backman's (James) marriage for years, discovers that Isaac's wife is cheating, his faith in relationships is shattered. Burdened with the knowledge, Ronny becomes unhinged, and his increasingly erratic behavior begins to jeopardize his own relationship with his loving and patient girlfriend Beth.