Extras open casting call for Major Universal Pictures film in Louisiana

Tom Cruise Project Extras Casting Call

This Tom Cruise starring vehicle will hit theaters on theaters July 19, 2013
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Universal Pictures is currently holding an open casting call for extras to work on a major feature film with a $100 million dollar budget starring Tom Cruise. Background performers who wish to be considered should attend the casting call, however emailed submissions are being accepted also. Shooting will take place mostly in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Additional filming will take place in Los Angeles, New York, and the country of Iceland. Principal photography will begin on March 19, 2012 and continue through August 12, 2012.

American television commercial and feature film director Joseph Kosinski will direct the film which is based on the graphic novel called "Oblivion" that he wrote himself. The title of this film was originally the same as the novel, then was being called "Horizons", and now is being referred to as "Untitled TC" or "Untitled Tom Cruise Project". In August 2010, Walt Disney Pictures acquired the rights to "Oblivion", but attempts at a PG rating were unsuccessful and Universal Pictures acquired the rights. Academy Award winning writer William Monahan and Karl Gajdusek wrote the first drafts of the script, with final rewrites by Academy Award winning scribe Michael Arndt.

Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark are producing through Chernin Entertainment, along with Joseph Kosinski, Steve Gaub, and Radical Pictures's Barry Levine. Jesse Berger, Executive Vice President of Radical Studios, will executive produce with Dave Morrison. Radical Studios has an impressive lineup of future film projects including the DreamWorks SKG Sam Raimi directed Sci-Fi "Earp: Saints for Sinners," the Bryan Singer directed "Freedom Formula," the Sam Worthington starring vehicle "Damaged," and the Brett Ratner directed action adventure "Hercules: The Thracian Wars".

"Untitled Tom Cruise Project" is a love story that is set against a post-apocalyptic landscape. It's about a soldier who's been court-martialed and as part of his punishment, he’s sent to patrol this planet and maintains a fleet of droids and probes that comb the surface, searching out a primitive alien race that’s been defeated. When he discovers a mysterious woman who left on a science mission 60 years earlier and crash lands, the two must traverse a chain of events that unfolds extreme mystery and adventure.

Starring with Tom Cruise is the beautiful Ukrainian-born actress and model Olga Kurylenko, who plays his right-hand woman and lover. Olga Kurylenko, best known for her role as Bond Girl Camille in "Quantum of Solace", has carved out an impressive acting resume with roles in such films as "Max Payne," "Land of Oblivion" which she also executive produced, "The Expatriate," "Empires of the Deep," "Seven Psychopaths," and a recently wrapped untitled Terrence Malik film. Gorgeous British actress Andrea Riseborough will play the Mysterious Woman who crash lands on Earth. Riseborough, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, is a rising star who's credits include "Resistance," "Shadow Dancer," and Madonna's Academy Award nominated film "W.E." Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman will play the role of Malcolm Beech. After a massive online talent search was conducted looking for an unknown talent, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ended up being cast as Sykes. Coster-Waldau is a regular on "Game of Thrones".

Open Casting Call Details

Here is what the extras casting director for "Untitled Tom Cruise Project" in Louisiana is seeking: 

• Males and Females, ages 18 - 60 yrs old. Any Ethnicity.
• Come to the open casting call dressed in casual every-day attire.
• You are welcome to bring a headshot/resume if you want, but it is not required.
• This casting call is for paid background players only.
• No prior experience working as an extra is necessary.

You MUST be located within reasonable driving distance on New Orleans or Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


The Pontchartrain Center
4545 Williams Blvd.
Kenner, LA 70065
Click Here for details.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012
12:00pm - 8:00pm

No appointment necessary, you can drop in anytime between these times. Bring a pen or pencil and be prepared to fill out a form with all contact information and clothing sizes including hat and shoe. This is the ONLY open casting call that will take place for extras to work on this film.

If you fit all of the above requirements but can not attend the open casting call, you can email a recent color snapshot, contact information, and clothing sizes to:

Shooting begins March 19, 2012 in Louisiana.

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 documents for minors and foreign talent who would like to work on the "Untitled Tom Cruise Project":

• 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 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:

Jeffrey Gelber - Executive Director of Casting
Julie Hutchinson - SVP Features Casting
100 Universal City Plaza
Building 2160
Suite 8A
Universal City, CA 91608

Extras Casting

New Orleans/Baton Rouge:

Brent Caballero
Caballero Casting, LLC
9522 Brookline Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
NO phone calls.

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.

Crater Lake Productions
9336 Washington Blvd.
Building K
Culver City, CA 90232

Chernin Entertainment
1733 Ocean Avenue
Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Radical Pictures
7421 Beverly Boulevard
Suite 11
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608


Joseph Kosinski
Peter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Barry Levine
Emily Cheung

Director: Joseph Kosinski


Tom Cruise - Jack
Andrea Riseborough - Mysterious Woman
Olga Kurylenko - Victoria
Nikolaj Coster Waldau - Sykes
Morgan Freeman - Malcolm Beech


A former solider named Jack (Tom Cruise) is one of the two last people on an Earth devastated by a war with an alien race. Jack, who now works as a surface drone repairman along with right-hand woman and lover Victoria (Olga Kurylenko), lives in a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition and the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. When Jack discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, her story sets off an unstoppable chain of events that not only forces him to question everything he knows - it propels the two on an epic adventure that will alter both their destinies.