Feature Film '50 to 1' casting call for extras in Louisville, Kentucky

Feature Film 50 to 1 Casting Call

Over 500 locals will be hired as extras in Louisville, KY.
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On May 2, 2009 Mine That Bird pulled off the second-biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history by winning the 135th running of the race. Now the true story is being told in a biopic feature film titled "50 to 1". The movie is in production in Louisville, KY and over 500 extras are being cast to work on the film. The shooting days are likely from October 12th through the 21st. These are fully paid positions with overtime likely, as film shoots commonly run 10-12 hours and longer. No prior experience working as a background performer is necessary, and there are no fees whatsoever to be considered.

Mine That Bird was an improbable winner of the toughest horse race in America - The Kentucky Derby. Sent off at 50-1 odds, the diminutive gelding was last down the backside, made a phenomenal move to win the race by the largest winning margin since Assault in 1946. His win was considered a fluke by many, horsemen included. His second place finish in the Preakness Stakes, behind Rachel Alexandra, convinced everybody that Mine That Bird is for real. Trainer Chip Woolley, who had a broken foot at the time and was in a cast, loaded Mine That Bird into a horse trailer attached to his pickup truck, and drove the small, crooked-legged racehorse, on a fun-filled road trip over 1,200 miles in 21 hours from New Mexico to get to Churchill Downs.

The cast includes Skeet Ulrich as horse trainer "Chip" Woolley; Golden Globe Award nominee and two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee William Devane is playing equine veterinarian Dr. Leonard Blach, co-owner of Mine That Bird; Screen Actors Guild Award nominee and "True Bloods" star Todd Lowe is portraying racing manager Kelly Denninton; Madelyn Deutch plays exercise rider Alex Ayres; Teen Choice Award nominee and "Leverage" star Christian Kane as Mine That Bird co-owner Mark Allen; Bruce Wayne Eckelman is playing the world renowned racehorse trainer Bob Baffert; and jockey Calvin Borel is playing Himself.

Academy Award winner Jim Wilson is directing "50 to 1" from a screenplay that he co-wrote with screenwriter Faith Conroy. Wilson had produced and/or directed such films as "Dances with Wolves," "The Bodyguard," "Wyatt Earp," "The Postman," "Message in a Bottle," "Mr. Brooks," "Swing Vote," "Revenge," and "Stacy's Knights" - all of which starred his long time good friend Kevin Kostner who is co-owner of Tig productions with Wilson. For television, Jim Executive Produced the award winning 8 hour mini-series, 500 Nations for CBS, hosted by Kevin Costner.

Producing "50 to 1" is Pieter Kroonenburg, president of Kingsborough Pictures. Since the opening of the Los Angeles office, Kingsborough is now developing bigger budget motion pictures in collaboration with major studios. Kroonenburg has produced over 35 feature films. Also producing is Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker of Spirit Productions, director/writer Jim Wilson, Tony Mark, Earl Robinson, Liz Servis, Nick Ward, and Rick Morse.

Extras Casting Details

Extras casting directors in Louisville, Kentucky are seeking over 500 people who are located within reasonable driving distance of the area to work as fully paid background extras in the feature film "50 to 1". There are roles for Derby Goers, trainers, jockeys, owners, etc. The shoot days are October 12 through 21, 2012. You do not have to be available for all days. No shooting will take place on Mondays. Must be 18 years of age and older.

If interested, please send a current color snaphot (clear and in-focus, no hats or sunglasses), all clothing sizes including hat and shoe, all contact information, and days of availability to:

The subject line of the email should read "Email Submission - YOUR NAME"

Principal Actor Casting

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

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

Los Angeles:

Emily Schweber
10642 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 207
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Extras Casting


Heyman Talent Louisville
1205 E. Washington Street
Suite 107
Louisville, Kentucky 40206

New Mexico:

Elizabeth Gabel Casting
"Wild Ride" Extras
304 Washington SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

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.

Kingsborough Pictures
4250 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Spirit Productions
2842 West Alameda Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501


Jim Wilson
Pieter Kroonenburg
Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker
Tony Mark
Earl Robinson
Liz Servis
Nick Ward
Rick Morse

Director: Jim Wilson


Skeet Ulrich - "Chip" Woolley, Jr.
William Devane - Leonard "Doc" Blach
Jamie McShane - Dave Cotey
Christian Kane - Mark Allen
Bruce Wayne Eckelman - Bob Baffert
David Atkinson - Billy Woolley
William Devane - Leonard Doc Blach
Madelyn Deutch - Alex Ayres
Malea Mitchell - Angie
Benjamin Glenday - Kevin Blach
Jessi Badami - Serena Blach
Todd Lowe - Kelly Denninton
Calvin Borel - Himself


A misfit group of rural New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when they learn their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies to run in the Kentucky Derby. Based on the true story of the 2009 Kentucky Derby win by 50 to 1 long shot, Mine That Bird. The cowboys Chip Woolley (Skeet Ulrich), a struggling horse trainer who has just sustained terrible injuries in a motorcycle crash, and Mark Allen (Christian Kane), the owner of Double Eagle Stables in Roswell, New Mexico, overcome impossible odds even before they reach Churchill Downs and the land of Kentucky's blue bloods.