Steven Spielberg feature film 'Lincoln' open casting calls

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to begin production on the highly anticipated major feature film 'Lincoln' late September, 2011 in Chicago and Virginia. The extras casting director is holding an open casting call in Richmond, VA seeking men above 20 years of age. There will also be another open casting call in August that includes women and children.

Spielberg will direct the film from a screenplay written by Academy Award nominated scribe Tony Kushner. The adapted screenplay is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's bestseller "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," which follows Lincoln's leadership during the years of the American Civil War.

While consulting on a Steven Spielberg project in 1999, Kearns-Goodwin told Spielberg she was planning to write "Team of Rivals," and Spielberg immediately told her he wanted the film rights. DreamWorks finalized the deal way back in 2001 and the film has been in pre-production ever since.

The film will star Academy Award-winning actors Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. Liam Neeson was attached to play the role of Abraham Lincoln from the start, but withdrew from the project in 2010, at which point Daniel Day-Lewis agreed to play the role.

Open Casting Call Details

Here is what the casting director is seeking:

• Males, 20 years of age and older with long hair and/or a beard.

• This is for paid extra work in the film.

• No guarantees of employment, final selection to be decided at later date.

Please bring a non-returnable recent snapshot, and be prepared to fill out a form with your physical stats, clothing sizes, and contact information.


Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North Third Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Click Here for directions.


Friday, July 22, 2011
10:00am – 5:00pm

Once parked, please enter the building through a main entrance at the corner of 3rd and Marshall Streets or 5th and Marshall Streets. Follow the facility sign posts directing you to meeting room E11C. This room is located on the first level, facing Marshall Street, at the bottom of the escalators and immediately adjacent to the Cyber Cafe (near the Atrium-style Registration Lobby).

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.

New York:

Avy Kaufman
"Lincoln" Casting
180 Varick Street
16th Floor
New York, NY 10014

Richmond, VA:

Erica Arvold, CSA
PO Box 5165
Charlottesville, VA 22905

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.

DreamWorks SKG
100 Universal City Plaza
Building 10
Universal City, CA 91608

Amblin Entertainment
100 Universal Plaza
Building 477
Universal City, CA 91608

Touchstone Pictures
500 S Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

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

Parkes/MacDonald Productions
1663 Euclid Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

The Kennedy/Marshall Company
619 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Weinstein Company
375 Greenwich Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013

"Lincoln" Production Office
Office Seekers Productions, LLC
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608


Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Laurie MacDonald
Walter Parkes


Steven Spielberg


Daniel Day-Lewis
Sally Field
Tommy Lee Jones
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Hal Holbrook
James Spader
John Hawkes
Tim Blake Nelson
Bruce McGill
Joseph Cross
David Costabile
Byron Jennings
Dakin Matthews
Boris McGiver
Gloria Reuben
Jeremy Strong
David Warshofsky
David Strathairn
Walton Goggins


The film will focus on the political collision of Abraham Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War. Day Lewis cast the bearded 16th president of the United States and Field as his wife Mary Todd. Jones will play Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican leader and congressman from Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives. Stevens was a staunch supporter of abolishing slavery and was critical to writing the legislation that funded the American Civil War.