Open casting call for 'The Garden of Last Days' starring James Franco and Emilia Clarke

IMPORTANT NOTE: ‘Garden Of Last Days’ Scrapped As Director-Star James Franco Exits Two Weeks Before Shooting. THIS OPEN CASTING CALL HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

The Garden of Last Days Open Casting Call

"The Garden of Last Days" will shoot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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 Nu Image Films/Millenium Films in association with Rabbit Bandini Productions and Evil Twins are in pre-production on the feature film "The Garden of Last Days" and an open casting call is scheduled for talent who would like to work as actors, dancers, and background performers on the film. All ages and types are needed including kids and all ethnicities. Shooting will be taking place in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area from July 10, 2013 through August 6, 2013. Filming will also take place in New York.

"The Garden of Last Days" is a contemporary thriller set in the seamy underside of American life about three interwoven and ultimately explosive stories: A stripper out of options who brings her 3-year-old daughter to work; an angry, lonely man who gets thrown out of the club; and a foreigner with an endless supply of cash on the brink of committing a terrifying act. The film is based on the bestselling novel by Andre Dubus III, the author of "House of Sand and Fog".

Starring in "The Garden of Last Days" is Academy Award nominee James Franco and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Emilia Clarke. Franco came into prominence when he played the title role in the 2001 TNT movie "James Dean" for which he won a Golden Globe Award and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. He was also nominated for two other Golden Globes, one for "127 Hours" and the other for "Pineapple Express". Emilia Clarke is best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the hugely popular HBO series "Game of Thrones". Clarke recently completed the Fox Searchlight Pictures feature film "Dom Hemingway" starring opposite Jude Law.

James Franco will also be directing "The Garden of Last Days" from an adapted screenplay written by Hanna Weg. Other directorial credits for Franco include "The Broken Tower," "As I Lay Dying," "Child of God," "Bukowski" and "Black Dog, Red Dog". Hanna Weg has three other screenplays in the works - Millennium Films' "The Bricklayer" and "Orders to Kill" as well as the true story film "The Beautiful and the Damned".

Empire Awards nominee Gerard Butler and Alan Siegel are producing under the banner of their production company Evil Twins along with Danielle Robinson. Vince Jolivette and Miles Levy will produce for James Franco's production company RabbitBandini Productions. Writer Hanna Weg is set to also produce.

"The Garden of Last Days" Open Casting Call Details

The local casting directors in Winston-Salem, North Carolina are holding an open casting call for people interested in working as either principal actors or fully paid background performers. They are seeking all ages and types, males and females.

The following are some special needs:

• Ethnically distinct individuals.
• Arabic-speaking individuals.
• Young girl or identical twins to play a 3 to 4-year-old character.
• Young boy to play a 2 to 3-year-old character.
• Professional female dancers to play strippers.





Bring a recent color snapshot, headshot/resume (if available), and be prepared to fill out a form with all of your clothing sizes and contact information including email address.

Mail-in submission instructions are listed below.

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

The 2013 North Carolina 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 North Carolina and the United States:

• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• North Carolina Child Performer Labor Law Information
• North Carolina Youth Employment Certificate Instructions
• North Carolina Youth Approval To Work Late Hours Form
• North Carolina Minor Intention To Employ Form
• North Carolina Dept. of Labor Rules and Regulations Relative to Employment of Children under 16 Years of Age.
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
• Links for Child Labor Information

In addition to the following North Carolina Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• North Carolina Casting Directors List
• North Carolina Extras Casting Directors List
• North Carolina Talent Agents List
• North Carolina Acting Coaches, Classes, and Schools List
• North Carolina Headshot Photographers List
• Headshot Mass Printing Photo Labs
• Miscellaneous North Carolina Resources
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• General Talent Agent Information
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guide

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.



If you are unable to attend the open casting call, fill out the following form and mail it to the above address.

Extras Casting



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.

Rabbit Bandini Productions
3500 W. Olive Avenue
Suite 1470
Burbank, CA 91505

Evil Twins
345 N. Maple Drive
Suite 375
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Nu Image Films/Millenium Films
6423 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Vince Jolivette
Miles Levy
Gerard Butler
Alan Siegel
Danielle Robinson


James Franco


James Franco
Emilia Clarke


The story follows a single mother of a three year old who works as a stripper, a lonely angry man, and a foreigner who is about to commit a terrible act.