Jerry Bruckheimer film ‘Horse Soldiers’ casting calls scheduled

Jerry Bruckheimer film ‘Horse Soldiers’ casting calls scheduled for New Mexico and Texas are open to adults of all ages, types, and ethnicities.

The true-story feature film “Horse Soldiers” will be casting thousands of roles, and several open casting calls have been scheduled for Texas and New Mexico. Shooting will take place in New Mexico from December 6, 2016 through mid-February, 2017. Experienced film crew members are also being hired and can submit resumes to the production office email below. To be considered, all talent must have legal eligibility to work in the entertainment industry in the state of New Mexico. Details below.

“Horse Soldiers” tells the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators, and overjoyed Afghans thronged the streets. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of six hundred Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed. Dangerously outnumbered, they fought for their lives in the city’s immense fortress, Qala-i-Janghi, or the House of War. At risk were the military gains of the entire campaign: if the soldiers perished or were captured, the effort to defeat the Taliban might be doomed.

Starring in “Horse Soldiers” is BAFTA Awards nominee Chris Hemsworth playing the lead role of Special Forces captain Mitch Nelson. Also starring in the film is Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, Screen Actors Guild Awards winner Michael Peña, and Trevante Rhodes. Two-time Directors Guild of America DGA Award winner Nicolai Fuglsig will direct “Horse Soldiers” from a screenplay written by Academy Award winner Ted Tally and Critics Choice Award nominee Peter Craig, based on Doug Stanton’s novel “Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan”

Ten-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Jerry Bruckheimer is producing “Horse Soldiers” under the banner of his production company Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Also producing are Black Label Media’s Trent and Thad Luckinbill, Chad Oman, and Molly Smith. Executive producers are Marty Funkhouser and Ellen H. Schwartz.

Horse Soldiers Open Casting Call Details

All actors and extras are required to be legally eligible to work in New Mexico and in the United States. Filming will take place beginning on December 6, 2016. The New Mexico Actors Resource Guide eBook contains the 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 New Mexico and the United States.

The casting team for “Horse Soldiers” has scheduled the following open casting calls, which are open to adults of all ages and types. Children will also be cast through email submissions. People with horses will also be cast, through email submissions. These are fully paid positions, and there is no previous experience required.

Friday, November 18, 2016
2:00pm – 7:00pm
YWCA Shirley Leavell Branch
10712 Sam Snead Drive
El Paso, TX 79935
Click here for directions.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
11:00am – 3:00pm
Americas Best Value Inn
1009 N California Street
Socorro, NM 87801
Click here for directions.

Sunday, November 20, 2016
11:00am – 4:00pm
Aux Dog Theatre
3011 Monte Vista Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Click here for directions.

If you are unable to attend one of the above open casting calls, you can register at the following casting office website:

Sandi Allessi Casting

After attending an open casting call and/or or registering online, please “like” and follow the Horse Soldier Casting page at Facebook for specific casting needs (such as children, people with horses, etc.) throughout filming.

Principal Actor Casting (speaking roles only)

Starring and supporting roles are mainly being cast through talent agents. You can find comprehensive listings and submission addresses for 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.

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Film Crew Members

Experienced film crew and vendors available in New Mexico can submit for consideration to the following:

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions (see above).

Horse Soldiers Production Office
2703 Broadbent Parkway NE
Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Jerry Bruckheimer Films
1631 10th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Black Label Media
9301 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 604
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Executive Producers:

Marty Funkhouser
Ellen H. Schwartz


Jerry Bruckheimer
Chad Oman
Molly Smith
Trent Luckinbill
Thad Luckinbill


Nicolai Fuglsig

1st AD:

David H. Venghaus Jr.

2nd AD:

Kim Richards

David H. Venghaus Jr.


Peter Craig
Ted Tally
Doug Stanton (novel)

Production Coordinator:

Janie Elliott


Chris Hemsworth – Mitch
Michael Peña – Diller
Michael Shannon – TBA
Trevante Rhodes – TBA


True story of a U.S. Special Forces team and their untested captain sent to a rugged region of Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11.