Kurtzman/Orci Productions and 20th Century Fox Television are now filming the new modern–day supernatural thriller “Sleepy Hollow” based on Washington Irving’s short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Shooting is taking place in Charlotte, NC. Casting directors in Los Angeles, New York, and Charlotte are holding auditions for starring, guest starring, possible recurring, and day player roles. The show’s background performers are being cast by the Charlotte extras casting director. Television crew members and production staff are also being hired locally in North Carolina. The mystery-adventure action series is slated to premiere in September.
“Sleepy Hollow” centers on the Handsome but hardened Revolutionary War Captain Ichabod Crane, who finds himself thrust into present day Sleepy Hollow, indicted for the murder of a police officer. Crane not only has the task of proving his innocence to the serious and stern female police Lieutenant Mendez, but he also must make the troubled and wary local Sheriff Detective Abbie Archer believe that he is a traveler from the 18th Century. His wife Katrina is a stunningly beautiful nurse, but also a Wiccan capable of sorcery-like powers. But Ichabod Crane is not alone in his time-travels. A German Hessian mercenary who pits his tenacious fighting wits against Crane, only to have his head chopped off, is back in Sleepy Hollow and he’s returned on a mission. This Headless Horseman is seeking vengeance and ushering in a powerful new evil upon this everytown.
Starring in “Sleepy Hollow” is English actor Tom Mison in the lead role of Ichabod Crane. Mison is a trained theatre actor who graduated from Webber-Douglas Academy, which is now part of University of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. Swedish actress Katia Winter is portraying Ichabod Crane’s wife Katrina. Winter grew up in London since childhood, and worked in British television and films. She had a recurring role on “Dexter” in 2012. African-American actress Nicole Beharie plays Detective Abbie Archer. Beharie is a graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities and also studied at The Juilliard School. The always amazing Orlando Jones co-stars as Lieutenant Frank Williams.
Filmmaker Len Wiseman directed the pilot episode of “Sleepy Hollow” from a teleplay written by the four-time Writers Guild of America WGA Award nominated producing/writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, along with up-and-coming writer Phillip Iscove. Wiseman’s directorial credits include “Underworld,” “Underworld: Evolution,” “Live Free or Die Hard,” and “Total Recall”. He also directed the pilot episode of CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 in 2010, a series executive produced and written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Other Kurtzman and Orci writing credits include “Mission: Impossible III,” “Transformers,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and the upcoming films “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”.
In addition to writing the “Sleepy Hollow” script, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are also producing the show under the banner of their production company K/O Paper Products. Former Warner Bros. Television and ABC drama executive Heather Kadin is also serving as executive producer. Kadin is president of Kurtzman and Orci’s TV production division. The show’s other writer Phillip Iscove is also executive producing along with director Len Wiseman.
Extras Casting Calls
“Sleepy Hollow,” will be filming in New Bern, North Carolina and casting directors are looking for local residents to be background actors.
Filming dates are planned for July 27-28, 2013 with a possibility of more filming on July 29-30. They are likely going to be night shoots, meaning cast members will start in the afternoon and work until sunrise. The cast will have a 12-hour break before starting day two.
The production is looking for men, women and children to apply for background roles. Those interested in applying must have good health and be able to wear warm clothing in warm temperatures. Those who apply must have long hair, with no contemporary hair cuts or hair dye.
Men should be between 5′6″ to 6′4″ tall. They must be sizes 36 to 46 in suits and have shoe sizes no bigger than 12.
Women will be corseted. Female applicants can be up to a size 12 or a waist of 32 inches. Casting members are looking for most women to be between the sizes of zero to six and have shoe sizes between five and 10.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: “New Bern 1700’s.” Please include: you name, phone number, photo, age, height, weight, and pant/shirt/jacket/shoe sizes.
All 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.
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond
3000 W. Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Fincannon & Associates
1560 Point Harbor Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
Tona B. Dahlquist Casting
PO Box 4427
Irmo, SC 29063
TV Crew and Production Staff
Experienced television crew members and production staff can submit resumes to the following:
ABSOLUTELY NO ACTOR OR EXTRAS SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.
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.
6935 Reames Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
K/O Paper Products
100 Universal Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
20th Century Fox Television
10201 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Tom Mison – Ichabod Crane
Katia Winter – Katrina Crane
Orlando Jones – Lieutenant Frank Williams
Nicole Beharie – Detective Abbie Archer
Patrick Gorman – Reverend Alfred Knapp
John Cho – Andy Dunn
Described as a modern–day supernatural thriller based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, it follows Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff (Abbie Archer) to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil. After being mortally wounded in battle during the Revolutionary War, Ichabod Crane wakes up two centuries later in modern day Sleepy Hollow, to discover the soldier he slayed on the battlefield, The Headless Horseman, has also returned from the dead, seeking vengeance and ushering in a powerful new evil upon this everytown. With the help of the only one who believes him, Detective Abbie Archer, they will square off against the Horseman and uncover the secret history of Sleepy Hollow.