Warner Bros. Television, Bona Fide Productions, and Film 44 have been given a 10 episode season one order for a new HBO series called “The Leftovers” chronicling life on earth after a rapture-like event that takes some and leaves others behind, based on the novel of the same name by Academy Award nominated author Tom Perrotta. Casting directors are holding auditions in New York and Los Angeles for new recurring roles, guest stars, and day player roles. Extras will be hired throughout production, which will get underway on February 5, 2014 in New York.
“The Leftovers” centers on the Rapture and follows a group of people who are left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton. Kevin Garvey, Mapleton’s new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin’s own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster. His wife Laurie has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a cult whose members take a vow of silence. His son Tom has dropped out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin’s teenaged daughter Jill remains, and she’s definitely not the sweet “A” student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he’s distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family. A beautiful and wary young redhead named Meg also becomes a target for recruitment by members of the Guilty Remnant.
Starring in “The Leftovers” is Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Justin Theroux playing the role of Mapleton Mayor Kevin Garvey. Theroux is best known for his work with film director David Lynch, appearing in two of his films, “Mulholland Drive” and “Inland Empire”. He is also known as a screenwriter for films such as “Tropic Thunder,” “Iron Man 2,” and “Rock of Ages”. Theroux will direct “Zoolander 2”. Also starring in “The Leftovers” is Screen Actors Guild Awards winner Liv Tyler as Meg, three-time Golden Globe Award winner Amy Brenneman playing the role of Laurie Garvey, two-time BAFTA Awards nominee Christopher Eccleston as Matt Jamison, and newcomer Margaret Qualley as Jill Garvey.
Two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Peter Berg directed the pilot episode and will also serve as executive producer. Primetime Emmy Award nominee Damon Lindelof created the series with Academy Award nominee Tom Perrotta and will serve as showrunner. Both will also executive produce along with two-time BAFTA Film Awards nominee Albert Berger. The production companies behind “The Leftovers” are Peter Berg’s Film 44, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa’s Bona Fide Productions, and Warner Bros. Television.
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The 2014 New York 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 New York and the United States:
• New York Child Performer Information Sheet
• New York Child Performer Permit Combined Application
• New York Child Performer Trust Accounts Information
• New York Verification of Satisfactory Academic Performance
• New York Child Performer Employer Certificate Combined Application
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements – State Statues
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• USA Non-Immigrant Visa Application
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• New York Casting Directors List
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• New York Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• New York Acting Classes List
• New York Headshot Photographers List
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• Sample Actors Resume
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• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous New York Resources
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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.
New York & Los Angeles:
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161 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10013
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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.
“Role of _______”
CASTING DIRECTOR NAME
CASTING DIRECTOR ADDRESS
CASTING DIRECTOR CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE
101 West 31st Street
Suite 1605 (16th Floor)
New York, NY 10001
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.
Bona Fide Productions
8899 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
1526 Cloverfield Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Warner Bros. Television
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Damon Lindelof (showrunner)
Peter Berg (pilot)
Justin Theroux – Kevin Garvey
Liv Tyler – Meg
Carrie Coon – Nora Durst
Christopher Eccleston – Matt Jamison
Amy Brenneman – Laurie Garvey
Charlie Carver – Scott
Max Carver – Adam
Ann Dowd – Patti Levin
Three years ago, in an event referred to simply as the “Sudden Departure”, 2 percent of the world’s population abruptly, and without explanation, disappeared forever. Now, those who remain struggle with whether to return to normalcy or embrace the fact that the world that has changed forever.