Open casting call for Leonardo DiCaprio film 'Django Unchained' in Louisiana

Django Unchained Open Casting Cal

Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western "Django Unchained" hits theaters December 25, 2012.
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The star-studded major feature film "Django Unchained" is currently in production and an open casting call for African American men, women, and children in being held near New Orleans, Louisiana on February 15, 2012. Additional casting calls will take place for other ethnic groups and types at a future date. "Django Unchained", which has been shooting in Mammoth Lakes and Santa Clarita, California and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will be moving to New Orleans for the duration of filming. Principal photography will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana through April 27, 2012.

"Django Unchained" has an unbelievably impressive cast that includes three-time Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio; Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx; Golden Globe nominee Kurt Russell; two-time Golden Globe nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz; Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson; Image Award winner Kerry Washington; Golden Globe nominee Dennis Christopher; Golden Globe winner Don Johnson; Golden Globe winner Anthony LaPaglia; and many others.

Academy Award winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino will direct "Django Unchained" from a screenplay that he wrote himself. The story is set in the Old South, and follows Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave who treks across America with the German dentist turned bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) to retrieve his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the charming but sadistic Francophile plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his entourage of ruthless slavers.

The Weinstein Company is backing the project with Harvey Weinstein producing, and both he and Bob Weinstein executive producing. Two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shamberg will executive produce for Double Feature Films. James W. Skotchdopole will also executive produce. Shamberg's Co-Chair and Partner at Double Feature Films, Stacey Sher, will produce along with Pilar Savone. Sher and Savone also produced Tarantino’s "Pulp Fiction".

Open Casting Call Details

Here is what the casting director in New Orleans is currently seeking:

This film is being described as a "spaghetti western" set in America's Deep South during the slavery era.

• African American Men, Women and Children 6 - 65 years of age.
• NO visible tattoos or piercings.
• NO braces on teeth.
• NO hair braids or unnatural hair colors/highlights.
• Small clothing sizes are preferred.

There are NO FEES to attend this open casting call. This is fully paid background performer work. Filming will be taking place in Orleans and St.John The Baptist Parishes beginning late February / early March 2012.


Knights of Columbus
346 Fir St
LaPlace, LA 70068
Click Here for directions.


Wednesday February 15, 2012
3:30pm - 7:00pm

No appointment is necessary. Minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Bring a pen or pencil and be prepared to fill out a form with your contact information, and all clothing sizes including shoe and hat. Bring a snack and bottled water.

It is HIGHLY recommended that you attend the open casting call to be considered, however if you are unable to attend the open casting call, you can register with the extras casting director on the following website:

Django Unchained Extras Casting Registration

Additional Casting Call

The casting directors are also casting men, women, and children for the film who can portray an 1800s look, and they are submitting photos to the director for various roles. There are no specific work dates yet. The director would like to see your best “look” from the 1800’s - two years before the Civil War.

The casting directors understand that most people will not have clothing from this time period, but give it your best shot with what you may have. Have fun with it! The more realistic you can make these photos the better. Feel free to use props and scenarios.

If you’re interested in participating, please upload your best 1800’s look onto your profile at You can upload a max of 3 photos onto your profile.

If you plan to participate and upload a photo, please send an email stating that you have uploaded your photo so they can submit it to the director:

Put "1800s Look" in the subject line of your email.

Talent must and be legally eligible to work in the state of Louisiana and in the United States.

The Louisiana Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for minors and foreign talent who would like to work in the State of Louisiana:

• 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana Actors Resource Guide eBook is 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:

Vickie Thomas Casting
9021 Melrose Avenue
Ste 200B
West Hollywood, CA 90069
ATTN: Django Unchained

New Orleans:

Meagan Lewis
RPM Casting
Second Line Stages
800 Richard Street
Suite 225
New Orleans, LA 70130

Extras Casting:

Robin Batherson
Batherson Casting
920 Poeyfarre Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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.

Django Unchained Production Office
Supercool Manchu Too, LLC
800 Richard Street
3rd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130

Double Feature Films
9320 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

The Weinstein Company (USA Distribution)
375 Greenwich Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013

Columbia Pictures (International Distribution)
10202 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Producers: Harvey Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, James W. Skotchdopole, Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone, Reginald Hudlin

Director: Quentin Tarantino


Jamie Foxx - Django
Christoph Waltz - Dr. King Schultz
Leonardo DiCaprio - Calvin Candie
Samuel L. Jackson - Stephen
Dennis Christopher - Leonide Moguy (Calvin Candie’s lawyer)
Kurt Russell - Ace Woody
Laura Cayouette - Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly (Calvin Candie’s sister)
M.C. Gainey - Big John Brittle
Tom Savini - Elvis Brittle
Cooper Huckabee - Roger Brittle
Don Johnson - Spencer "Big Daddy" Bennett
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Roy
Kerry Washington - Broomhilda
Anthony LaPaglia - Jano
Misty Upham - Minnie
Todd Allen - Franko Fish
James Remar - Ace Speck
James Russo - Dicky Speck
Tom Wopat - Marshall Gill Tatum
Rex Lynn - Tennessee Harry
Sacha Baron Cohen - Scotty
Gerarld McRaney - Villanious Plantation Owner
RZA - Thaddeus


Centers on Django (Jamie Foxx), who is a slave along with his beautiful Germanspeaking wife (Kerry Washington) on the Carrucan Plantation where she suffers abuse at the hands of the Brittle Brothers - Big John (M.C. Gainey), Elvis (Tom Savini) and Roger (Cooper Huckabee). Big John Brittle rapes Django's wife, Broomhilda, before branding Django's cheek with the letter "R," which stands for "Runaway". She is later separated from Django and sold. Django becomes freed from the Carrucan Plantation, and under the tutelage of German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), who is tracking Big John and his two brothers in order to collect a large reward, becomes trained and deputized as an equally cut-throat and eagle-eyed assassin himself. Schultz teams up with Django, who helps him find and identify the Brittle Brothers. Then, after assisting the bounty hunter in taking down some bank-robbing murderers that have a price on their head, he’s helped by him in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from evil Plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). To add to this a bit, the verbose German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz is empathetic to Django’s cause as he’s rather sickened by all the racism and slavery around him. After dispensing with the aforementioned bank robbers, posing as lawmen, Django explains his mission is to find his wife in the last place she was sold: Greenville, Mississipi. Schultz, more aware than the cavalier Django that this solo mission is one of sheer suicide, concocts a plan to train and then help him, as they masquerade under the pretenses of a duo who are looking to buy Mandingo fighting slaves. Calvin Candie purchases these fighting slaves to compete in underground, bloody and savage "Mandingo" fights to the death. Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) is a sadistic trainer who readies Candie's male slaves to fight in these death matches. What then transpires is a long, circuitous journey around the South in search of Broomhilda, Django’s slave wife and several encounters with hick, racist plantation owners (Don Johnson, Tom Savini, Gerald McRaney) that culminates at the Candyland plantation, the owners of which are part of a secret society that acquires African-American female slaves as girlfriends.