Tom Hanks is once again filming a project here in the Gulf South. Everyone remembers his Academy Award winning performance in Alabama-set “Forrest Gump” in 1994. But, this time it won’t be a shrimp-boat he’s captaining, but rather a vessel captured by Somali pirates!

This new Hank’s project, titled “Maersk Alabama” will begin filming in early 2012 throughout New Orleans and Mobile. This movie is based on the nonfiction book A Captain’s Duty with one skilled actor cast as the Captain. Director, Paul Greengrass wants to keep this flick as accurate as possible- right down to the extras! A craigslist ad was recently published looking for men and women with ACTUAL experience to help fill out the accessory non-speaking, and some speaking roles for this movie. The ad clearly indicates that Greengrass , “is interested in casting real veterans of Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and Seals for several of the roles in the film… Please ONLY people with REAL experience in these institutions or on a ship apply.”

So, if you're on leave from the Navy, and you find yourself on dry land for the winter, then you should send out an email for your chance to work with this entertainment legend! As for the rest of us, we'll just have to settle for catching the film on the big screen following its release.

For more information on this story, and how to submit yourself for an extra, read the full article on nola.com.

The high school-set thriller feature film "Downers Grove", starring Hayden Panettiere, is set to go before the cameras October, 2011. Shooting will take place in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. Casting for supporting roles, day players, extras, stand-ins, and photo doubles will continue throughout production. The main stars are being cast in Los Angeles, and the smaller roles and extras are cast in Baton Rouge.

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'Green Lantern' Extras in Harahan
'Green Lantern' Extras in Harahan
NEW ORLEANS — Over 100 extras gathered to watch Green Lantern at the AMC Elmwood Palace 20 in Harahan, La Saturday June 18.

The group was comprised of background talent who worked several months on the film shot in New Orleans in the summer of 2010.

The event was organized by one of the background talent, Michael Arnona, who had planned several other events during the shooting.

During shooting there were many talks among the extras that when the film came out they would arrange to see it together, said Arnona

“As the date approached no one else took the initiative so I went ahead and started planning it,” said Arnona.

He was surprised by just how large the response was, said Arnona.

There were in total over 3000 extras during the New Orleans filming, said Robin Batherson, of Batherson casting who came to show her support.

“I had a great group of people that were with us as extras and they are going to come with me to the next movie as well,” said Batherson.

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The answers on how to become an extra in so many movies. South Louisiana is booming in the film industry and there is lots of opportunities to get some extra work under your belt. Read what Caroline Smith Turner says on how to become an extra super star! 
"How do you get to be an extra in so many movies?"
Rob Streeck of LaPlace, center, in TNT's crime drama, 'Memphis Beat'
Rob Streeck of LaPlace, center, in TNT's crime drama, 'Memphis Beat'
LaPlace resident Rob Streeck was minding his own business, watering his lawn one afternoon, when a pair of police cars zoomed past him on U.S. 51.

Startled at first, Streeck was really surprised when he looked up to see  "Memphis Police" stickers on the side of the cars.

"I thought, 'Wow. That's one heck of a long police chase, all the way from Memphis,'" Streeck said.

Then he spotted the pair of St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office cars blocking off the street at each end.

"I walked over and asked what was going on," Streeck said. "And the cop told me they were filming some movie called 'Memphis Beat.'"

A couple of mouse clicks on the computer later, and Streeck had all the information he needed. And, not long after that, he also had a job as a featured extra, playing, what else, a cop.

"I pointed to my (bald) head and said, 'I have cop hair,'" said Streeck, who actually is a music instructor. "They said, 'Go to wardrobe.'"

Memphis Beat, starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard, is a crime drama about an Elvis-loving cop and his quirky group of associates who solve crimes in and around the city of Memphis.

But Louisiana offers all sorts of tax incentives to the film industry, and LaPlace has a big, brand new, state-of-the art civic center that a lot of film companies have come to love because of its size and sound stage amenities. LaPlace also has a rather unique style of architecture that, apparently, resembles that of Memphis, along with a lot of picturesque locales throughout the River Parishes area.

So that is how LaPlace, Louisiana, has become the television stand-in for Memphis, Tennessee.

"It really has been a miracle for us," said Chris Morgan, the producer and unit production manager for the show, whose father Harry played Col. Sherman T. Potter on the long-running series M*A*S*H. "Our office is in Metairie, but our stage and everything we do is in St. John Parish."

In addition to the location right off interstate 10, Morgan said the civic center's interior amenities are "ideal."

"A lot of these people aren't from here and it takes them a while to get used to this heat and humidity," he said."But the sound stage is air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. It's quiet. It's just off the interstate. It's ideal."

And River Parishes residents have become accustomed to being a part of Hollywood South, learning to recognize the ubiquitous yellow signs pointing the way for cast and crew. Several movies have used the area as backdrops, including Interview With the Vampire, Monster's Ball and Glory Road.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, was the first feature film to use the St. John Civic Center cum movie set.

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Wendell Pierce in 'Treme.'

The HBO drama "Treme" is seeking a crowd of extras for a festival-style concert scene to be shot on Tuesday (May 3). 

Check-in and free parking will be under the I-610 overpass at Zachary Taylor Dr. (accessed via Marconi) in City Parkstarting at 8 a.m. (Look for the blue production signs marked "FNN.") The shoot is expected to take all day. 

Scheduled performers for the sequence include Wanda Rouzan's New Orleans R&B Revue, Donald Harrison Jr. and others. 

Members of the "Treme" cast are expected to appear and/or perform as well. 

The event is free, and the production's publicity flier promises free "festival food." 

There will be raffles and giveaways (including a big-screen TV, DVD box sets, CDs, etc.) during the event. 

Participants are encouraged to bring "festival gear" including "chairs, blankets, hats, umbrellas, spray bottles, sun screen, flags, etc."

Also of note on the flier distributed by the production: "Standard Security Screenings & Festival Regulations Apply." 

More information: 504.940.7364.

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

The independent feature film “Freelancers” starring Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker, and 50 Cent will shoot April 18 for four weeks in New Orleans. Please send resumes to freelancers.themovie@gmail.com.

Warner Bros. feature film “Headshot” starring Sylvester Stallone will shoot June 4 in New Orleans. Please send resumes to headshotfilm2011@gmail.com.

Sony Pictures feature film “21 Jump Street” starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill is shooting April 18 for 45 days in New Orleans. Please send resumes to 21jumpstreetresumes@gmail.com.

State Street Pictures feature film “The Baytown Disco” will shoot May 1 in Slidell. Please direct resumes to baytowndiscomovie@gmail.com.


HBO’s television series “Treme Season 2” is filming in New Orleans until May 20. Please send resumes to blowndeadlineprod@gmail.com.

Millennium Films feature film “Playing the Field” starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel and Uma Thurman is filming April 4 to May 20 in Shreveport. Please send resumes to ptfproduction@gmail.com.

The independent feature film “Cogan's Trade” starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck will shoot until April 20 in New Orleans. Please send crew resumes to coganstrade@gmail.com.

Fox’s feature film “Abraham Lincoln-Vampire Hunter” starring Josh Lucas and Benjamin Walker is filming until May 30 in New Orleans. Please send resumes to alvh2011@gmail.com.

Millennium Films feature film “Medallion” starring Nicholas Cage is filming until June 3 in New Orleans. Please send resumes to medallionresumes@gmail.com.

Plus many more!

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The feature film FREELANCERS will begin shooting in New Orleans on April 18, the link for extras registration is below as well as some details on what will need for the film...please read those details in case you may know someone who fits any of it and pass the word along to them!


The film is set in inner city New York and the majority of extras will need to be african american and latino (or skin tones that can pass for latino.) This should not discourage anyone from registering! Everyone is welcomed! 

Visible arm & neck tattoos are a big plus
Braids and dread locks also a plus
18-30 year old extras with strong club dancing skills-all races
18-30 female extras comfortable with nudity (higher pay rate)
Men & Women with military or police training-all races
Extras with persision driving experience

Minors 6-17 years old
A big plus for minors is the ability to skateboard.
There will be 2 african american or latino infants in the story.

Please notate if any of the above notes apply to when in your registration in the "please tell us anything else we should know" box.

Talazac Casting is currently booking for MEDALLION!!

April 4th:
Mardi Gras Partiers
People in Costumes (send a picture of you in your costume)
More roles available

April 5th and 6th (Must work both days)
Police and FBI types
Bar room peeps

April 7th:
Mardi Gras Partiers
Business types

April 8th:
Mardi Gras Partiers
People in Costumes

Send in a current photo, the day you are available and make sure to include contact information.  Also, send in your age, height and weight.  Send all info to medallionextras@gmail.com.