New open casting call this Saturday, October 5th for Universal Pictures feature film 'Get On Up'

Get On Up Mississippi Open Casting Call

"Get On Up" will film in Mississippi beginning November 4, 2013.
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Update 10-1-2013: NEW open casting call scheduled for October 5, 2013. Details below.

Imagine Entertainment in association with Jagged Films and Wyolah Films are in pre-production on the Universal Pictures James Brown biopic feature film "Get On Up", and casting continues in Los Angeles and New York for lead roles such as "Young James Brown" and others. Now casting directors have set up an open casting call seeking actors and extras for both speaking and non-speaking roles in Mississippi. All ages and types are needed, especially people who have musical skills. The film takes place from 1930s to the 1980s, so people who can portray any looks from those periods are a big plus. Shooting gets underway on November 4, 2013 in the Natchez and Jackson, Mississippi areas.

"Get On Up" is based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul. The story charts a young boy’s rise from extreme poverty and violence to become one of the most influential black artists in history whose career spanned six decades. The film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Starring in "Get On Up" is Hollywood Black Film Festival Jury Award winner Chadwick Boseman playing the role of James Brown. Boseman, who graduated from the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford, is no stranger to playing iconic figures - he recently starred in the Warner Bros. Pictures feature film "42" portraying the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. Boseman has just completed the feature film "Draft Day" starring alongside Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner.

Mississippi native and BAFTA Award nominee Tate Taylor will direct "Get On Up" from a screenplay written by Writers Guild of America WGA Award winners Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. Taylor last directed and wrote the Academy Award winning film "The Help". Academy Award winner Brian Grazer will produce for Imagine Entertainment, while Tate Taylor will produce under the banner of his Mississippi based Wyolah Films. Jagged Films partners Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman will also produce. Executive producers are Imagine Entertainment's Erica Huggins and Wyolah Film's John Norris. "Get On Up" scheduled to be released on October 17, 2014.

"Get On Up" Open Casting Call Details


Actors, musicians and extras of all ethnicities and ages.


Casting directors are searching for performers and extras to audition for an upcoming drama about the life of James Brown. All types of men and women, all ages from 0 - 80! The film will need to recreate a large variety of scenes from the 1930's up until the early 1990's. There are several concert scenes, both city and rural, Hollywood scenes, Military scenes, etc. They need ALL walks of life and various social settings.. Arrive in your "Sunday Best" or wearing an outfit from one of these time periods, with your hair styled to its real, natural length. Please, no wigs. If you currently shave your head, allow your hair to begin to grow before the casting call.

Also are the following special needs:

[AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICIANS] Need trumpet, trombone, drums, and more. Ages 20 - 35.

[AFRICAN AMERICAN TWIN BOYS] 5-8 years of age.


Mississippi Department of Education
359 N West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Click here for directions.


Saturday October 5, 2013
10:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Please bring a non-returnable recent color snapshot that show your current hair style and length.

If you are unable to attend the open call, you may email your current photo—along with name, contact information (phone number and email), height, weight and availability to the following:

Filming will take place in Natchez and Jackson, Mississippi beginning early November, 2013.

ALL talent including minors and foreign actors MUST be legally eligible to work in the United States.

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Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit to casting directors for acting roles.

No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Rich Delia
Barden/Schnee Casting
1513 6th Street
Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401

New York:

Kerry Barden
Barden/Schnee Casting
150 West 28th Street
Suite #402
New York, NY 10001


I highly recommend that your 8x10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. If the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


"Project Name"
"Role of _______"

Extras Casting


Film Crew Members:


Crew members MUST list themselves on the following crew directory to be considered:

Experienced film crew members and production staff located in Mississippi can email resumes to:

In the subject line of your email, please indicate that it is a Crew resume and the department you are seeking to work in. For example, "Crew – Camera Department".

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.

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

Jagged Films
110 E 57th Street
New York NY 10019

Wyolah Films
805 Church Hill Road
Natchez, MS 39120

Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Executive Producers:

John Norris
Trish Hofmann


Brian Grazer
Mick Jagger
Victoria Pearman
Erica Huggins


Jez Butterworth
John-Henry Butterworth


Tate Taylor


Chadwick Boseman - James Brown


A biopic about the legendary singer, performer and Godfather of Soul.

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