Open casting call for Netflix series 'House of Cards' in Baltimore-Washington Metro Area

House of Cards Bel Air Open Casting Call

Netflix is now a major player in original content with this $100 million project.
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The Netflix political drama "House of Cards" is in production in the Harford County, Maryland area. The casting directors are holding an open casting call for extras in addition to recurring and featured roles. "House of Cards" is based on the BBC miniseries of the same name. That original BBC version was based on a novel from British author Michael Dobbs. Netflix has ordered 26 episodes to air over two seasons. This will be the last open casting call for the season one episodes.

Starring in "House of Cards" is two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey as Rep. Frank Underwood, a House of Representatives Majority Whip who, after not being appointed Secretary of State, derives a plan to bring down the new president and take over the Oval Office. Golden Globe Award nominee Robin Wright plays Frank's wife Claire Underwood; Kate Mara is playing Zoe Barnes, a reporter for a Washington paper who conspires with Underwood to land a killer scoop; Michael Gill plays U.S. President Garrett Walker; two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson is Sen. Catherine Durant; Corey Stoll landed the role of womanizing Rep. Patrick Russo, and Kristen Connolly plays Russo's Executive Assistant Christina Malone with whom he has a torrid affair.

The production companies behind "House of Cards" are Media Rights Capital and Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Productions. Media Rights Capital is a top independent film and television studio that is backed by Goldman Sachs, AT&T and WPP Group PLC. The company specializes in the creation of premium entertainment content. Trigger Street Productions is a production company founded by Spacey and his producing partner Dana Brunetti. Netflix, which has over 20 million subscribers, outbid such major players as HBO and AMC for the rights to distribute "House of Cards" exclusively. “House of Cards” is unique, as it is the first exclusive TV series to originate on Netflix.

Academy Award nominee Beau Willimon is the head writer and one of the executive producers of "House of Cards". Two-time Academy Award winner David Fincher is also executive producing, and is directing some of the shows episodes. Fincher has directed such films as "The Game," "Panic Room," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Social Network," and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". The other executive producers are Academy Award winner Eric Roth, Trigger Street's Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, Joshua Donen, and John Melfi.

Open Casting Call Details

The extras casting director for "House of Cards" is hiring people who are located within reasonable driving distance of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area to work as fully paid extras on "House of Cards". In addition to extra work, you may also be considered for recurring and/or featured speaking roles.

• Elegant Washington types, 40-60 years old, all ethnicities, male and female.

• Military types, enlisted and officers, 21-50 years old, all ethnicities, male and female.

• Capitol Hill staffers, aides, reporters, 21-34 years old, all ethnicities, male and female.

• Politicians, lobbyist, reporters, 40-60 years old, all ethnicities, male and female.

• Male and Female teenagers.

• Young men and women, ages 18 and up.

Business attire is required for the call. Those attending should bring a current head shot, or if no head shot is available, a current snapshot is satisfactory but it must be clear and in-focus. You should be the only person in the photo, not wearing sunglasses or a hat.


Bel Air Reckord Armory
41 N. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Click Here for directions.


Saturday, September 8, 2012
1:00pm - 6:00pm

If you are unable to attend the open casting call and have not yet submitted a photo/resume, you can email them to Include a jpeg photo labeled with both your name and phone number and in the body of the e-mail include all your sizes along with height and weight. Do not forget to include a current phone number.

Talent must and be legally eligible to work in Baltimore/Washington, DC and the United States.

The Baltimore/Washington, DC Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work on films and television productions in the Baltimore/Washington, DC areas:

• Child Labor Laws of Maryland
• Additional Information on Maryland Child Labor Laws
• Maryland Minor Work Permit Application
• Maryland Teen Work Permit Instructions
• District of Columbia Employment of Minors
• District of Columbia Work Permit and Child Labor Application
• District of Columbia Work Permits for Maryland Residents
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

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• Baltimore/Washington, DC Casting Directors List
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Extras Casting


Dagmar Wittmer
Central Productions & Casting, Inc.
623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003

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.

Media Rights Capital
1800 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Trigger Street Productions
200 Park Ave S
Floor 8
New York, NY 10003

Panic Pictures
2113 Emmorton Park Road
Edgewood, MD 20140

100 Winchester Circle
Los Gatos, CA 95032


David Fincher
Eric Roth
Josh Donen
Kevin Spacey
Dana Brunetti
Michael Dobbs
Andrew Davies


David Fincher
Charles McDougall
James Foley
Joel Schumacher

Note: Various directors work different episodes during the season. In television shows composed of individual episodes, the television director's role differs from that of a film director in that he or she may work only on some television episodes as opposed to the director of an entire film production. In episodic television productions, the major creative control resides with a producer of the show. The television producer with creative control is called the showrunner (in this case Beau Willimon).


Kevin Spacey - Rep. Francis Underwood
Robin Wright - Claire Underwood
Kate Mara - Zoe Barnes
Michael Gill - President Garrett Walker
Sebastian Arcelus - Lucas Goodwin
Corey Stoll - Rep. Patrick Russo
Kristen Connolly - Christina Malone
Sakina Jaffrey - Linda Vasquez
Sandrine Holt - Gillian
Jayne Atkinson - Sen. Catherine Durant
Mahershala Ali - Lobbyist Remy Danton


The internecine world of Washington politics, with dirty dealing on both sides of the aisle, is seen through the perspective of conservative Democratic Congressman, Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a devilishly brilliant wheeler-dealer who relishes the down-and-dirty business of the Beltway. But when Francis is passed over for a promised cabinet post by the new President Elect, he sets out to redress the wrong - ingeniously, covertly, and nefariously.