Summit Entertainment major feature film 'Now You See Me' auditions and extras casting

Now You See Me Auditions Extras Casting

"Now You See Me" will shoot in Louisiana and New York from January 16 - March 20, 2012.
AB Media Publishing, LLC

The production company Kurtzman/Orci and Summit Entertainment will begin shooting the magician-heist thriller feature film "Now You See Me" in New Orleans and New York beginning January 16, 2012. The main roles are being cast in Los Angeles, and some supporting roles as well as day players are being cast in New Orleans. All of the film's extras, photo doubles, and stand-ins for the films stars will be cast in Louisiana and New York.

"Now You See Me" is about about a team of FBI agents that track a group of illusionists called "The Four Horsemen" who perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members' bank accounts.

The film has a great cast in Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg playing the lead role of Atlas, an arrogant leader of a group of illusionists called the Four Horsemen. Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine star along with Academy Award nominees Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson. The two female leads are played by Isla Fisher and Mélanie Laurent. Dave Franco, the younger brother of James, has joined the cast as one of the Four Horsemen.

French filmmaker Louis Leterrier will direct "Now You See Me" from a script written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. Leterrier has directed such films as "The Transporter 1 & 2," "Unleashed," "The Incredible Hulk," and "Clash of the Titans". He also served as executive producer on the Titans sequel "Wrath of the Titans", which will hit theaters on March 30, 2012.

Here are the following casting needs in New Orleans at this time:

• Males and Females, 18 years and older. Any ethnicity. Prefer FBI, Police, or Military training. Clean cut and physically fit appearance. Will be portraying FBI Agents.

There will be three groups of FBI agent extras that can only work dates in that group.

Tentative Shoot Sates in 2012:

Group 1: January 18 and 19 - February 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 - March 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Group 2: February 15, 16 and 17
Group 3: February 7, 28 and 29

If interested in any of these dates and you have the training listed above, send an email with a current snapshot (look FBI if you can in the photo - no sunglasses), all clothing sizes including shoe and hat, the training you have had, and all contact information including phone number. Add the dates from above that you are interested in. A booking in one group does not mean you will be working all the days in that group. Do not assume you are booked because you submitted. An assistant director will be picking who she wants from the submissions. Final decisions may not be made until early January, 2012.

Email the extras casting director Jay deFelice at:

Put "FBI Agent Extras" in the Subject Line of your email.

Also needed are the following for various days and nights in January, February, and March:

• Mardi Gras party goers.

• Magic Show Audience members, willing to be active and participate.

• Thousands of extras will be used.

• Upscale cars are also needed.

If interested the the General Background Extra roles, email a recent color snapshot, along with all clothing sizes and all contact information to:

Put "Now You See Me General Background Extras" in the Subject Line of your email.

Pay Rate is $88 for 10 hours, then time and 1/2. Some scenes will have to match absolutely, Those will be a slightly higher rate. This is roughly the industry standard for non-union extras in Louisiana. Depending on the production company, rates for extras may vary. Typically, the rate is $80 for 10 hours, though it can vary ($102 for 12 hours, for example). The rate will always comply with Louisiana Labor Law. The following is more information regarding working as an extra: General Background Extra Guidelines.

All filming is in the New Orleans area, and you MUST be located within reasonable driving distance.

Talent must and be legally eligible to work in the state of Louisiana and in the United States. Candidates must also be available for production various dates beginning February 13, 2012 through April 20 2012.

The 2012 Louisiana Resource Guide eBook includes the following documents for minors and foreign talent who would like to work on "Now You See Me":

• Louisiana Child Performer Law Information Sheet
• Louisiana Child Performer Trust Act Sheet
• Louisiana Minor Trust Deduction Guidelines
• Louisiana Minor Intention To Employ Form
• Louisiana Employment of Minors Informational Booklet
• Louisiana Film, TV, and Commercials Minor Labor Law Summary

In addition to the following Actors Resources:

• New Orleans Casting Directors List
• Baton Rouge Casting Directors List
• Shreveport Casting Directors List
• Louisiana Actors Unions and Resources
• General Talent Agent Information
• Louisiana Talent Agents List
• Louisiana Acting Classes and Schools List
• Summer Performing Arts Camps
• Headshot Photographers List
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Actors Resources
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permit Information
• USA Non-Immigrant Visa Application
• PDF Users Guides

The 2012 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

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

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Carmen Cuba Casting
9601 Wilshire Blvd
3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

New Orleans:

Ryan Glorioso, CSA
Glorioso Casting
2926 Canal Blvd.
2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70119

Extras Casting

New Orleans:

Jay DeFelice
Glorioso Casting
2926 Canal Blvd.
2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70119
Now You See Me Extras Casting

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.

"Now You See Me" Production Office
See Me Louisiana, LLC
1231 Prytania Street
Suite 401
New Orleans, LA 70130

100 Universal Plaza
Building 5171
Universal City, CA 91608

Summit Entertainment
1630 Stewart Street
Suite 120
Santa Monica, CA 90404


Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Bobby Cohen
Boaz Yakin

Director: Louis Leterrier


Jesse Eisenberg - Atlas
Mark Ruffalo - Dylan Hobbes
Isla Fisher - Henley
Woody Harrelson - Merritt Osbourne
Mélanie Laurent - Alma Cheval
Dave Franco - Four Horseman
Michael Caine - Arthur Tressler
Morgan Freeman - Thaddeus Bradely


An action film in the vein on "Ocean's 11", about four magicians who pull off a bank heist in Paris, while simultaneously performing on stage in Las Vegas. It follows a crack FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse against a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their Performances, showering the profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. Dylan Hobbes (Mark Ruffalo) is a special agent at the Las Vegas branch of the FBI who is desperately trying to find time to spend with his beloved, but estranged, daughter. When four master magicians begin robbing banks using illusions however, Dylan is forced away from his home and into a bizarre investigation. Dylan is joined by his partner, Agent Fuller and a Parisian liaison, Alma Cheval (Mélanie Laurent), but both find themselves unable to explain how the magicians are able to pull off the heists. They subsequently turn to legendary illusion-exposer Thaddeus Bradely (Morgan Freeman) who begins to instruct the detectives as to how the magicians are able to fool them all. Dylan and his crew finally think they have the jump on the magicians' final heist (robbing a money-printing factory in Los Angeles), but when the place is robbed despite Dylan's presence and extra security, he is thrown off the case. When the stolen money subsequently appears in Thaddeus' basement, Dylan makes the arrest, but reveals to the startled ex-magician that he works for a secret society known as "They Eye," a society tasked with protecting magicians from exposers just like Thaddeus. Dylan has been orchestrating the heists from day one and after Thaddeus is sent to jail for crimes he didn’t commit, Dylan heads home to finally start making up lost time with his daughter.