National Geographic miniseries ‘The Long Road Home’ schedules open casting call


Casting directors for the National Geographic miniseries “The Long Road Home” have scheduled an open casting call north of Austin, Texas for January 29, 2017. The open casting call is open to men and women of all ages and types are interested in working on the miniseries as fully paid extras and featured background actors. Speaking roles are also being cast through auditions in Los Angeles. Shooting will take place from early March through June, 2017.

“The Long Road Home” is based on the award-winning book by ABC News chief correspondent Martha Raddatz, who spent years covering the Iraq War. The miniseries will relive a heroic fight for survival during the Iraq War when the First Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, was ferociously ambushed on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City, Baghdad — a day that came to be known in military annals as “Black Sunday”. The event series will cut between the soldiers on the ground and the homefront in Texas, where their wives and families await news for 48 hellish hours, expecting the worst. The incident, which took place 11 months after President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech, changed the American military’s view of Iraq from a peacekeeping mission to a fight against domestic insurgents. The story is told in real time through the eyes of untested soldiers in combat for the first time, as well as their families that anxiously wait for news on the home front. The miniseries will give an intimate and unforgettable look at what it is really like to go to war.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Mikael Salomon and Primetime Emmy Award winner Phil Abraham will direct the miniseries from an adapted teleplay written by Mikko Alanne. Alanne will also produce along with Mike Medavoy, Jason Clark, Benjamin Anderson, and Edward McGurn.

“The Long Road Home” Open Casting Call Details

To be considered, all actors and extras must be legally eligible to work in the entertainment industry in Austin, Texas. You can find eligibility and work permit information in the Austin Actors Resource Guide eBook.

The following is needed for the Nat Geo miniseries “The Long Road Home”. Shooting will take place in Austin, Texas and other nearby locations from March through June, 2017. No experience is necessary.

• Males and Females, all age groups, all types, any ethnicity.

• Especially need people between 18-25 to play soldiers.

• Also need people of Middle Eastern ethnicity to portray the Iraqis.

• Anyone with military firearms and weaponry background are encouraged to apply.

You can bring a headshot and resume if you have one, but photos will be taken at the open casting call.


Killeen Civic & Conference Center
3601 South W S Young Drive
Killeen, TX 76542


Sunday January 29, 2017
11:00am – 5:00pm

If you are unable to attend the open casting call but are available to work in the area between March and June, you can submit two up-to-date photos (face-forward head and shoulders photo, and one face-forward full length photo), full name, phone number, email address, actual age, height, weight, top size, pant size, shoe size, and current city and state, to the following email address:

[email protected]

Put “THE LONG ROAD HOME EXTRAS” in the subject line of your email.

Principal Actor Casting Director (speaking roles only)

Cami Patton Casting
4640 Lankershim Blvd.
Suite 511
North Hollywood, CA 91602


Starring and supporting roles are mainly being cast through talent agents. You can find comprehensive listings and submission addresses for talent agents here. However, if you are not signed with an agent and wish to self-submit, I highly recommend that your 8×10 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.

Click Here to purchase the best resume and cover letter paper.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions (see above).

Phoenix Pictures
10203 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Fuzzy Door Productions
5700 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 325
Los Angeles, CA 90036


Mikko Alanne
Mike Medavoy
Jason Clark
Benjamin Anderson
Edward McGurn

Line Producer:

Melissa Wylie


Mikko Alanne


Phil Abraham
Mikael Salomon

Production Manager:

Hans Graffunder


To Be Cast


American forces occupying Iraq are ambushed in Baghdad, forcing the men to take desperate measures to save themselves.