Open casting calls seeking all ages and types for feature film 'Southpaw'

The major feature film Southpaw is seeking men and women of all ages and types to appear in the film as extras and featured background actors.

The Weinstein Company and Hope Films in association with Richie Productions, Escape Artists, and Fuqua Films are now prepping to shoot the feature film Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Forest Whitaker. The casting directors have scheduled open casting calls on June 3, 4, and 7 in Indiana, Pennsylvania which is about 1-hour east of Pittsburgh. Film crew members can can submit resumes to the production office. Filming will take place in both Pittsburgh and Indiana from mid-June through early-August.

Southpaw centers on cocky, aggressive, volatile middleweight champion Billy Hope. He expects to ride out his career with his massive winnings, his adoring fans, his beloved wife Maureen and their 10 year old daughter Leila. When Billy's temper triggers a fight, and then a shootout that leaves Maureen dead, Billy finds his life spiraling out of control. He takes to drinking and doing drugs, ignores the heart-broken Leila, and ignores his finances. When he loses his house, his money and finally Leila, who winds up in a group foster home, he begins to find his way back to some kind of balance with the help of amateur trainer Titus "Tick" Willis, who has his own demons but who turns out to be the perfect trainer for Billy.

Starring in Southpaw is Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role of Billy Hope. Also starring is Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Rachel McAdams, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o, and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. Black Reel Awards winner Antoine Fuqua will direct from an original screenplay by Primetime Emmy Award nominee Kurt Sutter, with rewrites by Richard Wenk. Producers are Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, Steve Tisch, Alan Riche and Peter Riche.

Southpaw Open Casting Calls

All talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Pennsylvania and in the United States.

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The feature film Southpaw will be filming in Pittsburgh, PA and Indiana, PA from mid-June through early-August. The film is seeking adults 18 years of age and older, all types, any ethnicity, to appear in the movie as fully paid background actors. No experience is required, however all talent must be legally eligible to work in the State of Pennsylvania. There are NO FEES to attend the open calls or to be considered. The following open casting calls have been scheduled:

Indiana, PA


Indiana Mall
2334 Oakland Avenue
Indiana, PA 15701

Please use the South Entrance. DO NOT call the venue, as they have no additional information.


Tuesday June 3, 2014 – 4pm to 7pm
Wednesday June 4, 2014 – 4pm to 7pm
Saturday June 7, 2014 – 10am to 3pm

If you are unable to attend the open casting calls, you can download the following form, fill it out completely and mail or email it to the casting team:

Southpaw Extras Registration Form

Attn: Extras Casting
c/o Hope Films, Inc.
701 Rodi Road
Suite 102
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

You MUST include a clear recent color snapshot (against a white background, no hats or sunglasses, only you in the photo).

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:

Mary Vernieu
Lindsay Graham
Betty Mae, Inc.
13375 Beach Avenue
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292


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 _______"

Film Crew Members


Experienced film crew members who are available to work in the Pittsburgh and Indiana, Pennsylvania areas can submit resumes to the following:

In the subject line put the position you are submitting. Example - "FILM CREW: MAKUP ARTIST"

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.

Hope Films, Inc.
701 Rodi Road
Suite 102
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Richie Productions
9336 W. Washington Blvd.
Above Stage 3 West
Room 305
Culver City, CA 90232

Escape Artists
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Astaire Bldg.
3rd Floor
Culver City, CA 90232

Fuqua Films
12424 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Weinstein Company
99 Hudson Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10013


Jason Blumenthal
Todd Black
Steve Tisch
Alan Riche
Peter Riche


Kurt Sutter


Antoine Fuqua


Jake Gyllenhaal
Rachel McAdams
Lupita Nyong'o
Forest Whitaker


Gyllenhaal is set to play Billy "The Great" Hope, a left-handed prizefighter who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon after and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter. Whitaker will play Titus "Tick" Willis, a former fighter who was forced to retire after losing an eye and now trains amateur fighters.