More calls sounded for 'extras' as Coweta becomes quite the movie hub

By ELIZABETH MELVILLE elizabeth@newnan.com Coweta County has become quite a hub for the production of major motion pictures thanks to Georgia's tax incentives for film production. As a result, locals are finding more opportunities to be included in these projects. A couple of upcoming casting calls have been announced.
New Life Casting, an Atlanta casting agency, is looking to cast extras and other roles for "The Wettest County in the World" -- the story of the Bondurant Boys, a "notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners" who ran liquor in Franklin County, Va., during prohibition. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy ("Band of Brothers" and "Inception"). The film is based on the book written by Matt Bondurant about his grandfather and great uncles. According to Assistant Casting Director Danny Umali, filming will occur in Newnan and other locations near the Atlanta area. "This is a period piece that we hope will bring jobs and growing interest in Atlanta as a destination for major film productions," said Umali through e-mail correspondence. The casting call will be held in Peachtree City this Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be conducted from 100 Governor's Trace, Suite #105, Fayetteville, Ga. 30215. "We are reaching out to as many people as possible that are interested in work as an extra for this and other film productions," said Umali. "We are looking for a variety of paid extras to portray characters during the Depression Era for the movie." He specifically mentioned individuals who are lanky and have very distinct facial features. "Filming begins near the end of February, and we have a need for various Caucasian and African American individuals," he added. "Other ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend for consideration with future productions. We are looking to add extras to our database for future projects, including feature films and television shows." Umali said Monday that they do "have some future things lined up." He said that he has it on good authority that there are several more movie productions coming to Atlanta -- and by that he said he means in the ballpark of 60-70 projects. Anyone who can't make Saturday's casting call can visit the company's Web site -- newlifecasting.com -- and submit their personal information online. "This is going to be a lot of fun," said Umali. "We're glad to see a major production coming to Newnan -- we're looking forward to it." Producers with Bootleg Movie LLC, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures, obtained a temporary special use permit from the Coweta County Board of Commissioners to use the currently vacant Bible Baptist Church and Newnan Christian School property on U.S. 29 north of Newnan as a temporary base camp for the movie production. The production is expected to wrap up in Coweta as early as May 3 and no later than June 30. The Bill Marinella Casting Company also recently announced that they are looking for movie extras and are casting ages 18 and over of all looks. The "Movie Extra -- Casting Call" will be held on Feb. 11 from 1-4 p.m. Marinella shares some wardrobe notes: Absolutely no red or white and no busy prints/patterns. Regarding colors, he notes, "Colors we love for the professional looks are navy, gray, black, olive, tan, maroon, beige and charcoal." He adds, "For 'Nightlife' scenes -- dresses with spaghetti straps, and stylish jeans for women, tops with jewel tones and color are good!" Marinella is also looking for "Men with that 'Entourage' feel -- overdyed or dark upscale jeans and shirts with peak or notch collars and sport jackets and soft soled rubber dress shoes, and handsome, 'chic suits' for play." Although casting calls have not been announced, a movie tentatively titled "Joyful Noise," starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, is scheduled to begin set preparation this week at 75 East Broad Street in Newnan. Actual filming will take place there on Feb. 16-18. Alcon Entertainment will also be filming on a portion of Thompson Street and Wall Street between Salbide Avenue and East Broad Street on Feb. 18. The movie is said to be about two choir members -- portrayed by Parton and Latifah -- who have differing opinions on how to win the national choir competition. Also, Disney will be filming "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" in the Newnan area at the end of February, city officials said.


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