Oklahoma casting calls announced for Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo's FX pilot
Four Oklahoma casting calls have been announced for an eagerly awaited FX pilot from Oscar-nominated New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi and award-winning Oklahoma moviemaker Sterlin Harjo.
As previously reported, Waititi ("Thor: Ragnarok," "Jojo Rabbit"), who is of Maori ancestry, and Harjo ("Mekko," "Barking Water"), who is a member of the Seminole and Creek nations, are set to write and executive produce the planned limited series titled "Reservation Dogs," which will be set in Oklahoma, with filming in Oklahoma early next year.
The series follows four teenagers on adventures and misadventures in their rural Oklahoma town, according to a casting bulletin.
Casting for lead roles in the network television pilot begins this week, with four casting calls planned around Oklahoma Saturday through Nov. 19.
The casting bulletin is seeking Native Americans to play male and female teenagers. All body types, shapes and sizes are wanted, and no acting experience is necessary, according to the casting bulletin. People younger than 18 you must have a parent or legal guardian in attendance.
Here are the details on the casting calls:
Oklahoma City: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Springhill Suites Downtown Marriott, 600 E Sheridan Ave.
Tulsa: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Courtyard Downtown Marriott, 415 S Boston Ave.
Okmulgee: 2 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Best Western Hotel, 3499 N Wood Drive.
Seminole: 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Executive Inn, 2323 Boren Blvd.
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But potential performers can come to the casting call without an appointment. They do not need to bring anything.
People who want to participate or be considered and can't make it in person to the calls also can email for details and indicate that they want to apply at email@example.com.
As previously reported, Garrett Basch is set to produce the series under the Scott Rudin Productions banner. That's the same production company currently working on Waititi's next film, the fact-based soccer comedy "Next Goal Wins" for Fox Searchlight.
A 2005 Academy Award nominee for the live-action short film "Two Cars, One Night," Waititi, whose indigenous heritage comes from his father, is known as the director of the acclaimed films "Boy," "What We Do In The Shadows," "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" and Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok." His newest film, the World War II satire "Jojo Rabbit," is earning Oscar buzz and opened in Oklahoma City theaters Friday. Read my "Jojo Rabbit" review here.
Waititi will direct the Marvel sequel "Thor: Love and Thunder" in summer 2020 for a planned November 2021 release.
Raised in Holdenville and based in Tulsa, Harjo has directed three films and a feature documentary, all set in Oklahoma and focused on Native Americans.
The University of Oklahoma alumnus was 23 when he was accepted into the Sundance Institute’s Filmmakers Lab, where he spent a year developing his first feature-length film, “Four Sheets to the Wind,” which premiered at the prestigious Utah festival in 2007 and was nominated for the grand jury prize. His short film “Goodnight Irene” was an official 2005 Sundance shorts selection, and his second feature, “Barking Water,” premiered at Sundance in 2008.
Harjo's first feature documentary, "This May Be the Last Time," based on the story of his grandfather, who disappeared in 1962 in the Seminole County town of Sasakwa. It explores the subject of Creek Nation hymns and their connection to Scottish, folk, gospel and rock music. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
His third feature film, "Mekko," a thriller set in Tulsa that centers on a homeless Native American parolee, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2015.
Harjo also has directed several short films, co-founded the Native American comedy group The 1491s and co-written the screenplay for "Bright Path," a biopic of iconic Oklahoma Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, which Variety reported last year could be produced by Angelina Jolie, among others.