Open casting calls for Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host' in Baton Rouge

The Host Open Casting Calls

Filming on "The Host" runs from February 13th through April 20, 2012.
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The long anticipated feature film adaptation of author Stephenie Meyer's "The Host" is now ready to begin shooting in February, 2012. The extras casting director in Louisiana is accepting appointments for casting calls in Baton Rouge. Both men and women are needed, however this is for adults 18 years of age and older. Any open calls for teens and children will be posted as they become available. You need not be a resident of Louisiana to be considered, however you must be located in the area during filming, and have the proper paperwork.

"The Host" is a Sci-Fi Thriller that introduces an alien race, called Souls, which takes over the Earth and its inhabitants. Melanie "Mel" Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) is one of the only rebel humans left after the invasion of the "souls". After insertion into a human body, alien souls erase the human occupant and establish claim over the body and mind. Wanderer is a soul who has lived on eight other planets previously, Mel being her ninth body host. Upon insertion into Melanie, Wanderer is overwhelmed by the vividness of human memories, emotions and senses and quickly learns that she has not established full claim over Melanie's mind. The title "The Host" comes from the perspective of the main character, Wanderer, because her "host" Melanie forever changes the way she sees the world.

Also starring in "The Host" is Bradley Steven Perry as Jamie Stryder, Melanie's younger brother. Perry stars in the Disney Channel hit series "Good Luck Charlie" and has appeared in the Disney movies "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure" and "Old Dogs". Max Irons plays Jared Howe and Jake Abel portrays Ian O'Shea - the two characters that vie for the love of Malanie Stryder, ala Team Jacob and Team Edward. Irons recently had a supporting role in "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke's "Red Riding Hood". Abel is best known for "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" for which he was nominated for an MTV Movie Award and Teen Choice Award. Academy Award winner William Hurt rounds out the currently cast roles, playing Melanie's eccentric uncle Jebediah "Jeb".

Academy award nominated Andrew Niccol will direct "The Host" from an adapted screenplay that he wrote himself. His writer/director credits include Academy Award nominated "Gattaca," "The Truman Show" which was nominated for three Academy Awards, "The Terminal," "Lord of War" starring Nicolas Cage, and "In Time" starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.

Paula Mae Schwartz, Roger Schwartz, and Steve Schwartz will produce "The Host" for Chockstone Pictures, which was founded in 2004 by the husband-and-wife team of Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, who are also the founders of a technology marketing agency called Schwartz Communication. Nick Wechsler is producing for his company Nick Wechsler Productions. Stephenie Meyer will also produce. Executive producers are Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson of Inferno Entertainment, along with Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel, and Marc Butan.

Open Road Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to "The Host". Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films stated, "Nick Wechsler is a terrific producer and a long time friend and we are honored to be working with Nick and Stephenie, and the wonderful minds of Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, to bring this epic story of hope to the big screen". Open Road Films recently signed a deal with with AMC and Regal movie theater chains to carry all of their films. Regarding Open Road Films, Stephenie Meyer’s stated, "I’m thrilled to be adding another fantastic partner to an already amazing group. Everyone involved has so much passion for the project. It really is a dream team".

Principal photography on "The Host" will begin on February 13, 2012 in Louisiana. The film and is scheduled to hit theaters on Easter weekend March 29, 2013 - less than six months after "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is released in theaters.

Open Casting Call Details

Here is what the casting director is seeking:

• Males and Females, any ethnicity, 18-50 years of age.
• Must be well-kept and put-together.
• Males must be 5'10 and taller.
• Females must be 5'6 and taller.

By appointment only. RSVP at

Please come to the open call in the following wardrobe:

• Wear very little or NO Makeup or hair products.
• The director, Andrew Niccol, wants a "natural look".
• Neat, clean-casual to business-casual clothes that show off your body type.
• NO shiny or bright-colored clothing.
• Natural earth-tones are best. Think greys, browns and khakis.


RPM Casting
9215 Interline Avenue
First Floor
Baton Rouge LA 70809
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10:00am - 3:00pm

You will be given a specific day when your appointment is reserved.

Do not bring a photo, it will be thrown away. The casting director will take a photo of you at the open call. Please be prepared to fill out an information form with ALL of your clothing sizes including shoe and hat, as well as all contact information including phone number(s).

The director is very specific about what he wants, therefore anyone who would like to work as an extra on "The Host" should attend this open call in-person instead of sending in a photo or registering with the extras casting company online.

Pay for "The Host" extras is Pay is $101.50 for 12 hours plus overtime.

Talent must and be legally eligible to work in the state of Louisiana and in the United States.

The 2012 Louisiana Resource Guide eBook includes the following documents for minors and foreign talent who would like to work on "The Host":

• Louisiana Child Performer Law Information Sheet
• Louisiana Child Performer Trust Act Sheet
• Louisiana Minor Trust Deduction Guidelines
• Louisiana Minor Intention To Employ Form
• Louisiana Employment of Minors Informational Booklet
• Louisiana Film, TV, and Commercials Minor Labor Law Summary

In addition to the following Actors Resources:

• New Orleans Casting Directors List
• Baton Rouge Casting Directors List
• Shreveport Casting Directors List
• Louisiana Actors Unions and Resources
• General Talent Agent Information
• Louisiana Talent Agents List
• Louisiana Acting Classes and Schools List
• Summer Performing Arts Camps
• Headshot Photographers List
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Actors Resources
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permit Information
• USA Non-Immigrant Visa Application
• PDF Users Guides

The 2012 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.

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

Los Angeles:

Mindy Marin
1433 6th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

New Orleans

Meagan Lewis
RPM Casting
Second Line Stages
800 Richard Street
Suite 225
New Orleans, LA 70130

Baton Rouge:

Meagan Lewis
RPM Casting
9215 Interline Avenue
First Floor
Baton Rouge LA 70809

Extras Casting

Baton Rouge:

Meagan Lewis
RPM Casting
9215 Interline Avenue
First Floor
Baton Rouge LA 70809

Crew Members:

Experienced film crew members can send resumes to:

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.

Host Productions, LLC
9215 Interline Avenue
2nd Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Chockstone Pictures
22355 Carbon Mesa Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

Inferno Entertainment
1888 Century Park East
Ste 1540
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Nick Wechsler Productions
1437 7th Street
Suite 250
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Producers: Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, Roger Schwartz, Marc Butan, Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson, Stephenie Meyer

Writer/Director: Andrew Niccol


Saoirse Ronan - Melanie Stryder
Bradley Steven Perry - Jamie Stryder
Max Irons - Jared
Jake Abel - Ian O'Shea
William Hurt - Jeb


Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared (Max Irons), a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.