Paramount Pictures casting call November 8, 2013 in Los Angeles for lead role in 'The Gambler' starring Mark Wahlberg

Paramount Pictures Open Casting Call Los Angeles

Mark Wahlberg produces and stars in Paramount Pictures "The Gambler".
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Winkler films and Chartoff Productions are in pre-production on the Paramount Pictures major feature film "The Gambler" starring Mark Wahlberg. Primetime Emmy Award winning casting director Sheila Jaffe has scheduled an open casting call in South Los Angeles on November 8, 2013 seeking tall African American male basketball player for lead role in Paramount Pictures feature film 'The Gambler' starring Mark Wahlberg. Sheila Jaffe has recently cast such hit films as "Secretariat," "The Fighter," "Contraband," "The Call," and the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures feature film "Million Dollar Arm". Shooting on "The Gambler" begins January 20, 2014 in Los Angeles.

"The Gambler" centers on an English professor and gambling addict who is headed for certain ruination, and is mercifully rocked by a dose of reality before he loses everything. Saturn Award winner Rupert Wyatt is directing from an original screenplay written by Academy Award winner William Monahan. Academy Award winner Irwin Winkler and David Winkler are producing under the banner of their production company Winkler Films. Academy Award winner Robert Chartoff is producing for Chartoff Productions. Five-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg will also produce. David Crockett will serve as executive producer.

Paramount Pictures Los Angeles Open Casting Call Details

The following information was given to me directly by Sheila Jaffe's casting assistant Ann Trimble. -Alan Baltes

An open casting call will take place this Friday November 8, 2013 seeking an early to mid 20s, 6'0" or taller, African American male who can play basketball and has strong acting skills. This is NOT an extras call. This is for a lead role starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in the Paramount Pictures feature film "The Gambler". There are NO fees to attend the open call or to be considered for this role.

[LAMAR HAMPTON] Early 20s; at least 6'0". A UCLA student, African American, with a baby face, he is the top-rated player on the basketball team. Though hardly collegiate material, he's a smart kid, savvy, practical and realistic, ready to go pro now because he needs the money. MUST PLAY BASKETBALL... LEAD

DO NOT attend this open casting call unless you are:

Early to mid 20s, 6'0" or taller, African American male who can play basketball well and has acting ability.


Bradley Milken Family Source Center
1773 E. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90002


Friday November 8, 2013
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Bring a recent color photo.

Talent must be legally eligible to work in Los Angeles and in the United States.

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• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
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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.

Sheila Jaffe
6671 Sunset Blvd.
Building 1509
Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90028


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.

Click Here to purchase 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelopes.

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

Los Angeles:


The stand-ins and extras will be cast closer to the start of filming. Check back for details.

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.

Winkler Films
190 N. Canon Drive
Suite 500
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Chartoff Productions
1250 6th Street
Suite 101
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Leverage/Closest To The Hole
3030 Pennsylvania Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Paramount Pictures
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038


Mark Wahlberg
Stephen Levinson
David Winkler
Irwin Winkler


Rupert Wyatt


Mark Wahlberg


A literature professor with a gambling problem runs afoul of gangsters.