Update 10-1-2013: New extras casting call information is now posted below for background performers in Australia.
Walden Media and 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Matthew Baer Films are in pre-production on the Universal Pictures epic true-story feature film “Unbroken,” which is based on the novel “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand. The novel is New York Times best seller and was #1 on Times Magazine’s Books of The Year list in 2010. This film has been in development with Universal for nearly 55 years, and Hillenbrand’s remarkable book brought the film project into reality. The film’s Primetime Emmy Award nominated casting director conducted a national talent search for lead roles in the film, and now casting calls have begun for Australian extras to appear in the film. Shooting will get underway in October, 2013.
“Unbroken” tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, the son of Italian immigrant parents who as a boy was a devious and hardened delinquent, breaking into houses, fighting, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teen, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a 47 day drift into the unknown. Ultimately captured by the Japanese, his ingenuity, fortitude and hope enabled him to endure 25 months of intense physical torture and psychological abuse.
Starring in “Unknown” is English Actor Jack O’Connell playing the lead role of Louis Zamperini. O’Connell started acting professionally in 2005 appearing in an episode of the British soap opera “Doctors”. His feature film credits include “Harry Brown,” “The Liability,” and the recently completed Warner Bros. feature film “300: Rise of an Empire” starring alongside Lena Headey. Also starring in “Unbroken” is British Independent Film Awards nominee Domhnall Gleeson playing the role of pilot Lt. Russel Allen ‘Phil’ Phillips, and actor Finn Wittrock as tailgunner Sgt. Francis ‘Mac’ McNamara.
Angelina Jolie, who has won an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards will direct “Unknown” from an adapted screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Richard LaGravenese with original rewrites by two-time Academy Award nominee William Nicholson. This will be Jolie’s second feature film directorial project. Her debut was the 2011 independent film “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Jolie also produced and penned the script for that film. William Nicholson recently co-wrote “Les Miserables”. Two-time Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen have been brought in by Angelina Jolie to rewrite the script.
Award winning filmmaker Mick Garris is executive producing “Unknown”. Garris has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a producer, director, and writer dating back to 1980. Producing is Matthew Baer, whose father Richard was a highly respected television sitcom producer. Matthew Baer made a promise to Louis Zamperini 15 years ago that he would get his story made into a film. Erwin Stoff will oversee production for 3 Arts Entertainment, the production company behind such hit films as “Sweet November,” “Guess Who,” “I am Legend,” “Water for Elephants,” “47 Ronin,” and “All You Need Is Kill”. Angelina Jolie will also produce.
Australia Extras Casting Call Details
The producers of the Universal Pictures feature film ‘Unbroken’ have hired Creme Management in Queensland, Australia to cast the local general extras and featured background actors. The following is being sought:
[WORLD WAR II POW’S] Males, 17-50. Caucasian. Must have very skinny build to portray Prisoners of War in a detention camp in World War II.
[WORLD WAR II SOLDIERS] Males, 17-50. Japanese. Must be willing to have hair cut. To portray Japanese POW camp soldiers.
To be considered, submit 3 recent color photos (one profile shot, one headshot, and one shirtless full body shot), all measurements and clothing sizes including shoe and hat, your location, and all contact information including email address and phone number. Email to the following:
Note: Your photos must be no larger than 1MB.
All talent including minors and foreign actors must be legally eligible to work in Australia.
The 2013 Australia Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and 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 Australia:
• Victoria Actors Resources
• New South Wales Actors Resources
• South Australia Actors Resources
• Queensland Actors Resources
• Tasmania Actors Resources
• Western Australia Resources
Each State’s section contains the following:
– Casting Directors List
– Talent Agents and Managers List
– Modeling Agents
– Acting Classes and Schools List
– Headshot Photographers List
– Training and Schools
– Performers Unions
– Misc. Industry Resources
In addition to the following Resources:
• Guidelines on entry into Australia of foreign actors.
• Australian Entertainment Visa Application
• Sydney and NSW Entertainment Industry Child Labour Laws
• Application for Certificate to Import Foreign Actors into Australia
• General Talent Agent Information
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Non-Immigrant USA Visa Application
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas for Actors
• PDF Users Guides
The 2013 Australia Actors Resource Guide eBook is available here.
Broadbeach, Gold Coast
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.
Unbroken Production Office
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Matthew Baer Films
9889 South Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
1888 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067
3 Arts Entertainment, Inc.
9460 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Jack O’Connell – Louis Zamperini
Domhnall Gleeson – Lt. Russel Allen ‘Phil’ Phillips
Finn Wittrock – Sgt. Francis ‘Mac’ McNamara
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.