The Agency Inc. at Little Rock has issued a casting call for up to 1,500 actors, stand-ins and photo-doubles for the third installment of the HBO crime anthology “True Detective.”
The fictional story set in the Ozarks will begin filming in Northwest Arkansas in the coming weeks, according to a press release from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
“This is the largest production we’ve ever cast,” said Sarah Tackett, The Agency chief executive officer and owner, “and we are looking forward to discovering new talent as well as working with actors and stand-ins we’ve helped cast previously.”
The Agency has been part of productions such as “Mud,” “Sling Blade,” “Biloxi Blues” and “God’s Not Dead 2 and 3.”
“Atmosphere and background actors are critical to a film’s authenticity,” said Yancey Prosser, director of The Agency. “We know there are talented Arkansans of all ages who can look and play parts that will bring to life a story that is rich and believable.”
Casting will be ongoing, as the series is set to film over five months. Most will be adults for crime scene investigations, school rooms and construction, requiring by-standers, emergency personnel, machinists and heavy-equipment operators – but also some children, according to the release.
“This is the largest and most expensive production we’ve ever had in the state,” AEDC Director Mike Preston said when the production announced it would come to Arkansas in late December.
“With an estimated year from start to finish, we know that local businesses and vendors will enjoy a boon from the production,” Preston said.
The award-winning “True Detective” series was created by Nic Pizzolatto, a graduate of the University of Arkansas Master of Fine Arts Program, who will also direct this season.
The cast includes Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, who will play the lead role of Wayne Hayes, an Arkansas State Police detective. Carmen Ejogo will play Amelia Reardon, a school teacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980, and Stephen Dorff was recently announced as an addition in the role of another ASP detective.
“We expect to have more information to share about available jobs for cast and crew in coming weeks,” said AEDC Film Commissioner Christopher Crane. “We’re thrilled local people and vendors will be a part of and benefit from the production this year.”
AEDC officials said there are also opportunities to bring new money to businesses and vendors by housing the actors and crew who come from out of state, providing meals and various services.
Applications are being accepted online at www.arkansascasting.com, and require a current photo as well as other personal information. For more information about the Arkansas Film Commission, visit www.ArkansasEDC.com, follow @ArkansasEDC on Twitter or at Facebook.com/ArkansasEDC, and connect with Arkansas Economic Development Commission through LinkedIn.