Spike Lee Holds Casting Today in Central City

Spike Lee’s remake of the Korean cult classic “Oldboy,” which starts shooting in New Orleans on Oct. 1, is looking for extras. Background actors of all ethnicities and all ages are being invited to sign up by dropping off a photo at a two-day casting call to be held today (Sept. 20) and Friday (Sept. 21) at the Ashe Cultural Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

The casting call will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today and 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, according to a press release. “If you really want to get picked come ‘dressed the part,'” the press release said. “Wardrobe and hair stylists will be on location looking everybody over to select the best choices for each scene.”

Specifically being sought are:

  • Young people between 15 and 21 years old to play  prep school students. Girls are encouraged to wear a simple blouse, blazer and simple jewelry such as pearls and small hoop earrings. Boys should wear a white or blue button-down shirt, a dark tie and blazer.
  • White-collar business types, wearing hair styles and clothes of the early 1990s.
  • Upscale “uptowner” types, wearing hair styles and clothes of the early 1990s.
  • Fitness instructors, specifically for yoga, aerobics and kickboxers.
  • Female motorcyclist (only licensed drivers).
  • “Regular” people, in present-day attire.
  • Cars and trucks dating pre-1993.

For questions, send an email to tbmextra@gmail.com.

The news release didn’t name the production by name – referring to it only as an upcoming Spike Lee feature film – although it’s been confirmed that Lee’s “Old Boy” will be shooting in town over the next several weeks.

Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley are set to star in the film, based on the 2003 suspense-thriller by Chan-wook Park, about a man who sets out to find answers when he is suddenly freed after being kidnapped without explanation and held captive for 15 years.

Principal photography is expected to last seven weeks.

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Teniesha Biagas is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Nola Black Professionals. She created the the blog after she noticed an absence media outlets focused on the social and career lives of black professionals in the Greater New Orleans area. She can be reached at Teniesha@NolaBlackProfessionals.com or on Twitter @Teniesha_Marie.