Universal Pictures feature film 'Contraband' hiring numerous extras in NOLA

Kate Beckinsale Mark Wahlberg ContrabandKate Beckinsale will play Mark Wahlberg's wife in "Contraband"
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Working Title Films and parent company Universal Pictures are currently in production on the feature film thriller "Contraband," starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale. Primetime Emmy winning casting director Tracy Kilpatrick is hiring numerous actors, extras, stand-ins in the New Orleans area.

"Contraband" is based on the Icelandic film "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," which was released in Iceland October 3rd, 2008. "Reykjavik-Rotterdam" is one of the biggest-budget Icelandic films of all-time, and won five Edda Awards - the national film awards in Iceland. Baltasar Kormákur was producer, writer and lead actor of the original film, and will direct "Contraband" from a screenplay written by Aaron Guzikowski.

Leverage Management, who's clients include the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Leighton Meester, Sienna Miller, and Adrian Grenier, also has a film and television production division that is co-producing "Contraband". Leverage's owner Steve Levinson has been nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys, shared with Mark Wahlberg as executive producers of HBO's Entourage.

The storyline of "Contraband" is about a security guard and former top notch smuggler named Chris Farraday, who ends up with financial difficulties after leaving his life of crime behind. When his brother-in-law becomes targeted by the mob for screwing up on a smuggling job, Farraday comes out of retirement for one last job to save his wife's brother.

The filming will be done in the New Orleans area and Puerto Rico, however the story is set mainly in Panama. Here is what the casting director is seeking types:

• Hispanic Men: 18 years of age and older, Spanish and/or English speaking.

• Central Americans: Male and Female, any age, Spanish and/or English speaking.

• Men, Women and Children: Any ethnicity, all ages.

• Both union and non-union talent is needed.

• Someone who owns a Hip-Hop style Low-rider vehicle.

• Someone who has a medium or large sized dog

Must have your own transportation to various locations in and around New Orleans area. No accommodations will be provided. These are fully paid positions. with an attached photo of yourself, with your name, address, phone number, age, height, weight, experience, languages and preferred Email address.

If you are interested in working on "Contraband", submit your name, address, email address, phone numbers, age, height, weight, experience, languages spoken, along with a recent color photo (does not need to be professional) to:

Put "CONTRABAND EXTRAS" in the subject line of your email.

You can also stop by the casting office and drop off your photo and info at:

Contraband Casting Office
1215 Prytania Street
Suite 371
New Orleans, LA 70130

Shooting on "Contraband" will take place in NOLA from January 17, 2011 through March 14, 2011. There will be additional filming in Puerto Rico. The film will hit theaters on March 16th, 2012.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes to the Beverly Hills casting office by mail only. No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Sheila Jaffe
Contraband Casting
9720 Wilshire Blvd.
4th floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

New Orleans:

Tracy Kilpatrick
Contraband Casting
1215 Prytania Street
Suite 371
New Orleans, LA 70130

Puerto Rico:

Patricia Alonso Casting
173 Calle del Parque B8
San Juan, PR 00911

Extras Casting

New Orleans:

Tracy Kilpatrick
Contraband Extras
1215 Prytania Street
Suite 371
New Orleans, LA 70130

Puerto Rico:

Patricia Alonso Casting
173 Calle del Parque B8
San Juan, PR 00911

Production Companies:

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.

Contraband Production Office
Farraday Films, LLC
1231 Prytania Street
6th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130

Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Working Title
9720 Wilshire Blvd.
4th Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Relativity Media, LLC
8899 Beverly Blvd.
Suite 510
West Hollywood, CA 90048

3030 Pennsylvania Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Blueeyes Productions
Seljavegur 2
IS-101 Reykjavik


Mark Wahlberg
Liza Chasin
Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Stephen Levinson
Debra Hayward


Baltasar Kormákur


Mark Wahlberg - Chris Farraday
Kate Beckinsale - Iris Farraday
Giovanni Ribisi - Tim Briggs
Lukas Haas - Tariq
Ben Foster - Danny
Caleb Landry Jones - Andy
Diego Luna - Gonzalo


Former master smuggler Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) works as a night shift security guard, has financial woes, and tries to put his life of crime behind him. His wife Iris (Kate Beckinsale) has a brother named Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) who gets involved in a cocaine smuggling run that goes bad. Farraday must pull off one final dangerous smuggling operation to rescue his family and pay off Andy's $700,000 debt that he owes mobster Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi) for the botched job. Farraday ends up running 5,000 uncut sheets of superbills (very high quality counterfeit United States one hundred-dollar bills) with his best friend and right hand man, Danny (Ben Foster), and another good friend Tariq (Lucas Haas).