Open casting calls in New York for 'Inside Llewyn Davis' starring Justin Timberlake

Inside Llewyn Davis New York Open Casting Calls

The Coen Brothers "Inside Llewyn Davis" filming in NY through April 3 2012.
AB Media Publishing, LLC

The Coen Brothers along with Scott Rudin Productions and StudioCanal are set to begin principal photography on the music world feature film drama "Inside Llewyn Davis" in New York starting February 6, 2012. Casting is now underway for supporting roles, day players, extras, stand-ins and photo doubles for the film's stars. Open casting calls are scheduled for both union and non-union talent. Shooting will continue through April 3, 2012 with a theatrical release in 2013.

The movie takes place in the midst of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene It follows a central character named Llewyn Davis - loosely based on the late singer Dave Van Ronk, a good friend of Bob Dylan's and other famous musicians such as Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. Van Ronk received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in December 1997.

Oscar Isaac plays Llewyn Davis, who is a hot-tempered struggling folk musician from Queens that can not seem to make ends meet, although he is a very talented guitar player and singer. Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan portray and husband-and-wife pair of musicians named Jim and Jean. John Goodman will play a jazz musician who takes Llewyn Davis on a road trip, since Llewyn refuses to fly and never learned to drive. Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham will play legendary folk musician manager Bud Grossman. Stage actress Jeanine Serralles has also joined the production.

In addition to producing "Inside Llewyn Davis", Ethan and Joel Coen will direct from a script they wrote partially based on Dave Van Ronk's memoir, "The Mayor of MacDougal Street". Scott Rudin, who also produced "True Grit" and "No Country for Old Men" for The Coen Brothers, will re-team to produce "Inside Llewyn Davis". StudioCanal is financing the film and handling international distribution.

Open Casting Call Details

The extras casting director is seeking the following types who are located in the New York City area:

The film takes place in New York's Greenwich Village during 1961. Talent who can portray this people of this era are needed.

• Males and Females, 18 years and older. Any ethnicity.
• Males and Females,  between 10 - 17 years of age. Any ethnicity.
• Both SAG members and Non-Union talent needed.
• Interesting, character faces especially needed.
• Natural hair color and style, paler skin not tan is definitely preferred.
• No face and/or "cosmetic enhancements" also preferred.

The following webpage has examples of the types being sought:

Samples of 1961 Greenwich Village for The Coen Brothers "Inside Llewyn Davis" Casting.


"Inside Llewyn Davis" Casting Office
Fantastic Voyage, LLC
350 Broadway
6th floor
New York, NY 10013

Building has black marble entrance.
Do NOT sign in at front desk, go directly to 6th floor.
Space is wheelchair accessible

Click Here for directions.


No appointment needed.

Sunday January 8, 2012
Saturday January 14, 2012
Sunday January 15, 2012

Screen Actors Guild Members: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Non Union Talent: 1:00pm - 7:00pm

SAG members (bring your valid SAG membership card) MUST obtain a numbered pass from the SAG Representative on a first-come first serve basis beginning one hour prior to the start time of the open casting call.

All attendees please bring the following:

• Standard headshot and resume (if available).
• Recent color snapshot the ACCURATELY represents your current look.
• All of your measurements and clothing sizes including hat and shoe. Be accurate.

For your snapshot, the casting directors have specified that they are not interested in "glammed up headshot style photos". They want talent to show up with a photo that looks exactly the way you look now. If they feel that your photo does not accurately depict your current exact look, they may take a digital photo of you.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of New York and in the United States. 

The 2012 New York Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for minors and foreign talent who would like to audition for "Inside Llewyn Davis" or work as an extra:

• New York Child Performer Information Sheet
• New York Child Performer Permit Combined Application
• New York Child Performer Trust Accounts Information
• New York Verification of Satisfactory Academic Performance
• New York Child Performer Employer Certificate Combined Application
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements - State Statues
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• USA Non-Immigrant Visa Application

In addition to the following New York Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Casting Directors List
• Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• New York Acting Classes List
• Headshot Photographers List
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous New York Resources
• Actors Unions
• PDF Users Guides

The 2012 New York Actors Resource Guide eBook is available here.

Shooting on "Inside Llewyn Davis" will take place Monday February 6, 2012 - Wednesday April 4, 2012 on Mondays through Fridays, with no weekend filming.

Pay rate is SAG scale for members, and $85/10 hours for non-union plus overtime when applicable.

If you fit the above character descriptions and can not attend one of the open casting calls, you can email the recent color snapshot, clothing sizes, and contact information to the following:

However, if they are interested you would still need to be seen in person prior to being cast. Therefore it is highly recommended you attend an open casting call for the best chance of being cast.

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.

Ellen Chenoweth
161 6th Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Extras Casting

Debbie DeLisi
c/o Fantastic Voyage, LLC
350 Broadway
6th Floor
New York, NY 10013

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.

"Inside Llewyn Davis" Production Office
c/o Fantastic Voyage, LLC
350 Broadway
6th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Scott Rudin Productions
120 W. 45th Street
10th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Studio Canal
9250 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 210
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Producers: Scott Rudin, Robert Graf

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen


Oscar Isaac - Llewyn Davis
Justin Timberlake - Jim
Carey Mulligan - Jean
John Goodman - Roland Turner
F. Murray Abraham - Bud Grossman
Jeanine Serralles - TBA
Garrett Hedlund - TBA


The story follows Llewyn Davis, a struggling folk musician during the 1960s heyday of New York's Greenwich Village folk music scene. Born and bred in Queens and a former Merchant Marine, Llewyn can't seem to make ends meet playing music despite his singing and guitar talents. The film is loosely based on singer Dave Van Ronk, a friend of Bob Dylan's, and other famous musicians.