Open casting calls scheduled for HBO drama pilot 'The Leftovers'

HBO The Leftover Open Casting Calls

Steven King described "The Leftovers" novel as "the best Twilight Zone episode you never saw".
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Warner Bros. Television in association with Bone Fide Productions and Film 44 are getting set to begin production on the exciting new HBO drama pilot "The Leftovers", which is based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta. The casting directors are holding open casting calls for people of all ages, types, and ethnicities to work as fully paid background performers on the show. Shooting will be taking place in in Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York from late June through late July, 2013.

"The Leftovers" takes place after The Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut, and a world that will never be the same. It has been three years and the world is a little smaller. Not because of technology, but because October 14th was the day 2% of the world’s population—disappeared. Tension is rapidly rising, and especially in a small town like Mapleton, people need someone to turn to. Chief of police Kevin Garvey is a father of two who is trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is starting to believe that the world will someday be as it once was, a notion that will never hold true.

Starring in "The Leftovers" is Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Justin Theroux playing the role of Police Chief Kevin Garvey. Theroux has most recently starred in the Universal Pictures feature film "Wanderlust" with Jennifer Aniston. He is also a very accomplished writer and director. He has penned screenplays for such hit films as "Tropic Thunder," "Iron Man 2," "Rock of Ages," and the upcoming Paramount Pictures feature film "Zoolander 2" which he will also direct. Theroux has performed on Broadway, starring in "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme".

Two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated filmmaker Peter Berg is directing "The Leftovers" from an adapted teleplay written by Primetime Emmy Award winner Damon Lindelof and Academy Award nominee Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta's novel of the same name. Peter Berg is enjoying an amazing career as actor, writer, producer, and director that has spanned over 24 years. He recently executive produced, wrote and directed the feature film "Lone Survivor" starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana. He also directed the 2012 science-fiction/action film "Battleship," and is executive producing a live-action version of the graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars".

Peter Berg and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Sarah Aubrey are executive producing under the banner of their production company Film 44. Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa are executive producing for Bona Fide Productions. The film's writers, Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, are also serving as co-executive producers.

"The Leftovers" Open Casting Call Details

Warner Bros. Television and HBO will be filming in Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York beginning late June, 2013. The production will transform the counties into the fictional town of Mapleton. The casting team is holding open casting calls seeking local people to work as fully paid background performers. SAG-AFTRA and Non-Union background actors of all ages and ethnicities are welcome to attend. In addition to the individual extras, any groups such as athletic teams, bands, & parade groups will receive a donation if appearing in the show.

Filming will take place between June 26th & July 24th.

Casting Calls:

When: Saturday, June 15th
Where: James V. Harmon Community Center
44 Main Street
Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706
Time: 8:30a-12:00p

When: Saturday, June 15th
Where: Nyack Village Hall
9 N Broadway Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960
Time: 4:00p-7:00p

If interested, but can't attend an open call, please email your contact information and a current photo to:

Indicate the county you are from (i.e. 'Rockland Talent' 'Westchester Talent' or Other) in the subject line.

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

The 2013 New York Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in New York and the United States:

• 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

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• Audition Tips
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The 2013 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.

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

Ellen Lewis
Meghan Rafferty
161 Sixth Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Extras Casting

Central Casting
875 6th Avenue
Suite 2411
New York, NY 10001

Registration Information: 646-473-9033

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.

Warner Bros. Television
777 3rd Avenue
18th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Bone Fide Productions
8899 W. Beverly Blvd.
Suite 804
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Film 44
1526 Cloverfield Blvd.
Suite D
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Executive Producers:

Peter Berg
Tom Perrotta
Damon Lindelof
Sarah Aubrey
Albert Berger
Ron Yerxa


Peter Berg


Justin Theroux - Kevin Garvey


What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation - a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down? That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children. Kevin Garvey, Mapleton’s new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin’s own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin’s teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she’s definitely not the sweet “A” student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he’s distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start.

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