Open casting call for ‘Looking for Alaska’

Temple Hill Entertainment and Watermark Pictures are gearing up to begin shooting the Paramount Pictures feature film “Looking for Alaska” in September, 2015 and the casting director is auditioning actors for lead and supporting roles. An open casting call has also been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30, 2015 seeking males and females who are over 18 years of age that can play high school student. They are also looking for males over 18 who are skilled enough at basketball to be able to portray high school varsity basketball players. the production company is accepting resumes from experienced film crew members. Shooting will take place in the Farmington Hills, Michigan area. All submission details for actors and crew members is posted below. The open casting call dates, location, and times are also posted below.

“Looking for Alaska” is based on the John Green award winning novel of the same name and centers on Miles “Pudge” Halter, who is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

Independent Spirit Awards nominee Rebecca Thomas is directing “Looking for Alaska” from an adapted screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Sarah Polley. Producers are Black Reel Awards nominee Wyck Godfrey, Independent Spirit Awards nominee Jessica Tuchinsky, and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee Mark Waters. Marty Bowen will also produce for Temple Hill Entertainment. John Green will executive produce along with Samson Mucke and Mark Rowen.

“Looking for Alaska” Open Casting Call Details

The local casting director in Michigan is seeking the following types to work as fully paid extras and possible featured background roles:

• Males and Females, any ethnicity, ages 18-22 to be able to portray high school students. MUST be over 18, to play younger. Men MUST show up clean-shaven.

• Males, any ethnicity, ages 18-22 to be able to portray HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYERS. MUST be skilled at basketball to be able to convincingly play high school level basketball. To be considered for these roles, come dressed for sports and prepared to do some drills to demonstrate your skill.

Males and Females, any ethnicity, ages 18-22, with late 1980s to early 1990s automobiles that can be used in the film. Extra pay will be given for the use of your car if selected. Car MUST be registered, insured, in good shape and driving condition, and you are interested in renting it to the film, bring color photos of your vehicle(s) with your name and contact info attached.

All open casting call attendees must show up ready to have your photo taken, and bring a valid photo ID.


Costick Activity Center
28600 Eleven Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336


Saturday August 29, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm


Sunday August 30, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

ONLY attend one day, do not show up on both days.

If you are unable to attend these open casting calls or are outside the 18-22 age range and would like to be considered as an extra and/or submit your car photos, please email current pictures (head and full body), name and contact info to with “LFA Extras” or “LFA Vehicles” in the subject line.

All talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Michigan and in the United States. The Michigan Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Michigan and the United States:

• Michigan Child Work Permit Fact Sheet
• Michigan Youth Employment Standards Informational Sheet
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant USA Visa Application

In addition to the following Michigan Actors Resources:

• Michigan Casting Directors List
• Michigan Extras Casting Directors List
• Michigan Talent Agents List
• Michigan AFTRA SAG Franchised Talent Agents
• General Talent Agent Information
• Michigan Acting Schools and Classes List
• Michigan Headshot Photographers List
• Actors Unions
• Miscellaneous Michigan Resources
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

All Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

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

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

Joseph Middleton Casting
5555 Melrose Avenue
Sturges Building
Room 203
Los Angeles, CA 90038


Starring and supporting roles are mainly being cast through talent agents in Los Angeles. You can find comprehensive listings and submission addresses for Los Angeles talent agents here. However, if you are not signed with an agent and wish to self-submit, I highly recommend that your 8×10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

Click Here to purchase 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelopes.

Click Here to purchase the best resume and cover letter paper.

Extras Casting

Ryan Hill Casting
28782 Everett St.
Southfield, MI 48076

Film Crew Members

Experienced film crew members who are available to work in the Farmington Hills, MI area can submit resumes to

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.

Looking for Alaska Production Office
23801 Industrial Park Drive
Suite 250
Farmington, MI 48335

Temple Hill Entertainment
9255 Sunset Blvd.
Suite 801
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Watermark Pictures
3278 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Paramount Pictures
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038

Executive Producers:

John Green


Wyck Godfrey
Marty Bowen
Jessica Tuchinsky
Mark Waters


Sarah Polley


Rebecca Thomas


To Be Announced


A new student at a boarding school meets some eccentric new friends and falls hard for a fascinating young girl named Alaska.

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