Outtakes Online: Crowe casting for extras

Aug. 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

BY MIKE GORDON / mgordon@staradvertiser.com

Oscar-winning director Cameron Crowe is casting for background extras in Hawaii for his new film, set to shoot here in late September, according to Rich King Casting in Los Angeles and the Hawaii office of SAG-AFTRA, the actor’s union.

Cameron Crowe. (Associated Press)

Cameron Crowe. (Associated Press)

Two casting sessions will be held: One for union members and one a day later for the general public.

The adventure/romance film, which at one point was called “Deep Tiki” but has now become “Untitled Cameron Crowe Project,” will star Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. Cooper will play a military contractor who returns to Honolulu — site of his greatest career triumphs — and re-connects with a long-lost love, played by McAdams. At the same time, Cooper’s character also falls for an Air Force handler, played by Stone.

Crowe is looking for adult men and women “of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities” with a special emphasis on military personnel, Hawaiian dancers and musicians.

The SAG-AFTRA session for union members — a “meet and greet” — will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4 in Studio 909 of the Musicians Association of Hawaii offices on Kapiolani Boulevard. The union session will not be held at the SAG-AFTRA offices, which had been listed as the site earlier this week on Craigslist.

The non-union session will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Keehi Lagoon Memorial.

Extras for either session are being asked to bring a pen and a 3-by-5-inch photgraph of themselves.

Crowe won a screenplay Oscar for his 2000 film “Almost Famous.” He also received Oscar nominations for writing and best picture for his 1996 film “Jerry Maguire,” which he also directed.

Cooper was nominated an Oscar earlier this year for his part in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Crowe is the second major Hollywood director scheduled to film in Hawaii this fall. Early next month, Tim Burton will film scenes for “Big Eyes,” a bio-pic about artist and former Hawaii resident Margaret Keane.
Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at mgordon@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.

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