TNT Western drama pilot ‘The Tin Star’ casting ‌in Santa Fe, NM

TNT The Tin Star Santa Fe Casting Call

Cam Gigandet plays the lead role of Jake Flynn in “The Tin Star”.
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Warner Horizon Television and Turner Network Television are filming a new pilot episode of a western drama series in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The lead starring roles have been cast in Los Angeles, however the New Mexico casting director is hiring smaller speaking roles, extras, stand-ins and photo doubles. They are seeking people who can portray 1880’s western townsfolk.

Starring in “The Tin Star”, which has also been using the working title of “Gateway”, is Cam Gigandet. Gigandet is best known for his role of James in “Twilight”. Also starring is David Denman, and Keir O’Donnell. Those three play the lead roles of the Flynn brothers. Other co-stars include Academy Award winner Keith Carradine, Shannon Lucio and Eric Lange.

Three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated Danny Cannon will direct “The Tin Star” from a screenplay written by Bruce McKenna. In addition, Cannon and McKenna will co-executive produce under the banner of Danny Cannon Productions. Deran Sarafian will also executive produce.

In addition to “The Young Americans,” starring Harvey Keitel and Viggo Mortensen, Danny Cannon has also directed “Judge Dredd,” starring Sylvester Stallone, “Phoenix,” starring Ray Liotta, Anjelica Huston, and Giovanni Ribisi, and “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. Cannon has also directed a number of commercials and music videos.

After directing the pilot for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” he stayed on as a producer and writer, going on to do pilots for both “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: New York”. In four years CSI has grown into the most successful television franchise ever and has garnered 3 Emmy and 3 Golden Globe nominations and won 3 People’s Choice Awards.

If you would like to be considered to work on “The Tin Star,” please send a recent color snapshot, all clothing sizes, and contact information to the following:

“The Tin Star” Extras Casting
Elizabeth Gabel
304 Washington SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Talent must be legally eligible to work in New Mexico and the United States.

The 2012 New Mexico Actors Resource Guide includes the following documents for minors and foreign talent who would like to work on “The Tin Star”:

• New Mexico Work Permit Requirements
• New Mexico Child Employment Entertainment Law Sheet
• New Mexico Child Labor Laws Brochure
• New Mexico Child Performer Pre-Authorization Certificate
• New Mexico Child Extras Pre-Authorization Certificate
• New Mexico Minor Trust Deduction Guidelines
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

In addition to the following New Mexico Actors Resources:

• Casting Directors List
• Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Acting Classes and Schools List
• Summer Performing Arts Camps
• Headshot Photographers List
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous New Mexico Actors Resources
• PDF Users Guides

The 2012 New Mexico Actors Resource Guide eBook is available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Veronica Collins Rooney
800 S. Main Street
Suite 210
Burbank, CA 91506

New Mexico:

“The Tin Star” Casting
Elizabeth Gabel
304 Washington SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Extras Casting

New Mexico:

“The Tin Star” Extras Casting
Elizabeth Gabel
304 Washington SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

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.

“Gateway” Production Office
2544 Camino Edward Ortiz
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Warner Horizon Television
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91522

Turner Network Television (TNT)
3500 W Olive Ave
15th Fl
Burbank, CA 91505-4630

Danny Cannon Productions
4000 Warner Blvd.
Building 138
Room 1204A
Burbank, CA 91522


Danny Cannon
Bruce McKenna
Deran Sarafian


Danny Cannon


Cam Gigandet – Jake Flynn
Keir O’Donnell – Daniel Flynn
David Denman – Terence Flynn
Keith Carradine – Frank Sarr
Shannon Lucio – Sally Flynn
Eric Lange – Potter


In a nation still healing from the Civil War, lawlessness rules the small towns of the Old West. Three brothers bound by duty, honor and self preservation take a stand. Together, they fight to survive and thrive – all in a small Colorado town called Gateway. The show takes place in the 1880s and tells the story of the Flynn brothers — Terence (David Denman), Daniel (Keir O’Donnell) and Jake (Cam Gigandet) — who step in to save their town when their sheriff father is murdered, and an operative named Clem Dawkins from the famous Pinkerton detective agency comes into Gateway and is appointed as the new sheriff and temporary judge. It turns out Dawkins is being paid by a corrupt cattle baron determined to make the town his own. And to make matters personal, the Flynn brothers discover that Dawkins is the man who killed their father.