Casting call in Grantville draws crowd
by W. Winston Skinner
The downtown area in Grantville filled on Wednesday afternoon — as people vied for a chance to be an extra in a movie to be filmed there next month.
“Term Life” stars Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld and is being directed by Peter Billingsley. Billingsley and Vaughn were in Grantville early this week — meeting with city officials and making plans for the movie.
The casting call was for a scene that will depict a community festival, similar to Grantville’s own Grantville Days. Extras Casting Atlanta held the casting session in downtown Grantville. “Over 200 people tried out during the three-hour casting call,” Mayor Jim Sells.
“We had all ages, from infants up. Many families attended together,” Sells added.
Lines formed and numbers were issued to potential extras.
Newnan High School student Amanda Foster was among those making the trek to downtown Grantville for the movie tryout. She said the casting director told a woman there for the tryout to “pretend you are walking down the street when a gun goes off bang — bang, bang.”
Foster said she “just ducked my shoulder down” as if she were dodging a bullet.
“The director has said as many as 100 extras will be needed each day — so most who attended are hopeful to be used in the movie,” Sells said. “It was a fun day — almost festive as so many people knew each other. The conversations in line were lively.”
Award-winning actor Vaughn, 43, has appeared in such films as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Four Christmases.”
Steinfeld, 17, was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “True Grit” in 2010. She also played the female lead in the 2013 movie version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
Billingsley, 42, has been a producer and editor as well as a director. He got his start in Hollywood as a child star — including playing Ralphie in the iconic “A Christmas Story.”
Filming for “Term Life” is set for late March or early April. “Many scenes are planned in Grantville,” Sells said.