Scott Free Television and 1122 Pictures are set to begin production on the factual drama telefilm “Killing Kennedy” for National Geographic Channel. Filming will take place in the Richmond, VA area beginning June 11th. The local casting director has issued a casting call for everything from babies and toddlers, to adults and senior citizens. All types of any ethnicity can be considered. These are fully paid positions and there is no prior experience required to be cast in the film.
“Killing Kennedy” is the next in a series of original movies by National Geographic Channel about famous assassinations, based on books by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. “Killing Lincoln,” which was also filmed in the Richmond area, was the first in the series and was the most watched program in the channel’s history. “Killing Kennedy” carries forward the new “factual drama” medium that National Geographic is publicizing as a cross between documentary and drama, implementing high scripted production value and appeal without compromising facts and historical credibility. The movie is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.
This two-hour factual drama begins in 1959 and follows the paths of John F. Kennedy who was a member of one of the United States’ most wealthy and powerful families, and his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald who was a disillusioned former Marine and Marxist — until they collide in Dallas four years later. The story begins in 1959 when JFK announces his presidential candidacy, and Oswald is renouncing his U.S. citizenship at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. The actions of these opposing but equally ambitious men start them on a track that will soon lead to Kennedy’s assassination and Oswald’s subsequent death.
Starring in “Killing Kennedy” is five-time Golden Globe Award nominee Rob Lowe playing the lead role of John F. Kennedy. Lowe recently starred in the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra”. Two-time People’s Choice Awards nominee Ginnifer Goodwin has been cast in the role of Jacqueline Kennedy. Goodwin has been playing the starring role as Mary Margaret Blanchard/Snow White on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”. Daytime Emmy Award nominee Michelle Trachtenberg is playing the role of Marina Oswald, the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald. This will be Trachtenberg’s first Russian-speaking role. The role of Lee Harvey Oswald is still being cast and should be announced very soon, according to a network spokeswoman.
Filmmaker Nelson McCormick will direct “Killing Kennedy” from a teleplay written by Independent Spirit Awards nominated scribe Kelly Masterson, based on books written by Bill O’Reilly. Three-time Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott is producing under the banner of his TV production company Scott Free Television. Primetime Emmy Award nominee David Zucker will also produce along with Mary Lisio of Scott Free. Bill O’Reilly and Kelly Masterson will co-produce. Six-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Teri Weinberg is executive producing.
“Killing Kennedy” Casting Call Details
The casting director in Richmond, VA is seeking the following types located within a reasonable driving distance of the area to work as fully paid background performers, as well as possible featured roles:
• Males and Females, all ages and types.
• Babies, toddlers and 3-year-olds that resemble Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy, Jr.
• Infant Twins that resemble Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy, Jr.
• 14 month old babies that resemble Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy, Jr.
• Hispanic males and females, all ages. For a scene that takes place in Mexico City (filming will actually be in Richmond). They are looking for people who look Cuban and Mexican.
To be considered, follow the casting instruction below.
Talent must and be legally eligible to work in Richmond, VA and the United States.
The 2013 Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work on films and television productions in the Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC areas:
• Child Labor Laws of Maryland
• Additional Information on Maryland Child Labor Laws
• Maryland Minor Work Permit Application
• Maryland Teen Work Permit Instructions
• District of Columbia Employment of Minors
• District of Columbia Work Permit and Child Labor Application
• District of Columbia Work Permits for Maryland Residents
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
In addition to the following Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC Actors Resources:
• Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC Casting Directors List
• Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC Extras Casting Directors
• Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC Acting Classes and Schools List
• Baltimore Youth Theatre Programs
• Summer Performing Arts Camps
• Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC Headshot Photographers List
• Headshot Reproduction
• Miscellaneous Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC Resources
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC Actors Unions and Professional Organizations
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides
The 2013 Baltimore/Richmond/Washington, DC Actors Resource Guide eBook is 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.
Carmen Cuba Casting
846 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Erica Arvold Casting
416 E. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
To be considered for the above roles, please CAREFULLY follow all instructions on the following casting information and submission page:
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.
1122 Pictures, LLC
1001 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Scott Free Television
634 N. La Peer Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
9100 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Rob Lowe – John F. Kennedy
Ginnifer Goodwin – Jacqueline Kennedy
Jack Noseworthy – Bobby Kennedy
Michelle Trachtenberg – Marina Oswald
Events surrounding the days prior to JFK’s assassination.