Extras casting calls in New Orleans for Warner Bros. Pictures comedy feature film 'Focus' starring Will Smith

Focus extras casting call in New Orleans

"Focus" is shooting in New Orleans beginning mid-September, 2013.
AB Media Publishing, LLC

Update 10-23-2013:  Men are needed to play "Football Players" on the Sidelines during a huge football game scene on October 30 & 31, 2013. Shooting will take place in the Superdome. Details below.

Update 10-19-2013: People in New Orleans with upscale cars are needed for scenes shooting on Monday October 28, 2013. Details below.

Di Novi Pictures and Zigtag Films are ready to begin shooting the Warner Bros. Pictures comedy feature film "Focus", and the extras casting director has begun sending out casting calls for local New Orleans people who would like to work as fully paid general extras and possible featured background actors. Filming will begin mid-September and run through November, 2013. Principal actor casting has been taking place in New York City, and continues for day player speaking roles. Additional filming will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina after New Orleans shooting wraps.

"Focus" centers on Nicky Spurgeon, a veteran con man who gets involved with a newcomer to the grifter business. They get involved romantically but that becomes perilous in a business where they lie and cheat for a living. The complications of the encounter haunt them when they meet up again in the future. Two-time Academy Award nominee Will Smith plays the lead role of Nicky Spurgeon. Australian actress and two-time Logie Awards nominee Margot Robbie has been cast to play the novice con-girl that Smith gets involved with.

Writers Guild of America WGA Award nominees Glenn Ficarra and John Requa will direct "Focus" from an original screenplay that they wrote themselves. The two are very talented writing partners whose credits include "Cats & Dogs," "Bad Santa," "Bad News Bears," "I Love You Phillip Morris," and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Ficarra and Requa will also produce under the banner of their production company Zaftig Films. Independent Spirit Awards winner Denise Di Novi will also produce for DiNovi Pictures. Warner Bros. will handle domestic distribution.

"Focus" Extras Casting Call Details

The extras casting director for the Warner Bros. Pictures feature film "Focus" is seeking the following in New Orleans, Louisiana:

• You must fill out the following form before submitting: Casting Registration
• Please keep in mind normal film days last 12 hours or more.
• You must be available to work in the New Orleans area.

[FOOTBALL PLAYERS] Men (18 and up) to look like NFL Football players. You just need to look the part. Being athletic and built is a plus. You will not actually be playing football, rather will be standing on the sidelines. This will be a day shoot filming in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Pat rate is $125/12 hours plus overtime. Wardrobe fitting rate is $14.55/2 hours.

To be considered, submit the following ASAP:

Phone number(s)

Email to

Put "FOOTBALL PLAYERS" in the subject line of your email.

[PEOPLE WITH UPSCALE CARS] Men and Women ages 18 and up to work MONDAY OCTOBER 28, 2013. These will be scenes that are supposed to appear as New York City pedestrians with upscale vehicles. Shooting in New Orleans, LA. MUST have upscale cars such as Mercedes, BMW, Jetta, Lexus, Audi, Acura, etc. NO RED OR WHITE cars. You MUST also be available to come in for a wardrobe fitting on Wednesday October, 23rd. You will be bringing in your own clothes to the fitting, so that it can be approved. The wardrobe MUST be upscale business attire that you would see in New York City/

Pay rate is $101.50 + $35 for your vehicle. Overtime is likely.

To be considered, submit the following ASAP:

Phone number(s)
Make and model of vehicle
Year of vehicle
Color of vehicle

Email to

Put "UPSCALE CARS" in the subject line of your email.

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

The 2013 Louisiana Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Louisiana and the United States:

• 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 2013 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

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

No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

New York:

Bernard Telsey
Telsey & Company
311 W. 43rd Street
10th Floor
New York, NY 10036


I highly recommend that your 8x10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

Click Here to purchase 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelopes.

The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. If the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


"Project Name"
"Role of _______"

Extras Casting

New Orleans:

Batherson Casting
920 Poeyfarre Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Film Crew & Production Staff

New Orleans:

Experienced film crew members and production staff in New Orleans can submit a resume to the following:


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.

Focus Production Office
1231 Prytania Street
2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130

Di Novi Pictures
720 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Zaftig Films
9348 Civic Center Drive
Mezzanine Level
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Warner Bros. Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522


Denise Di Novi
Glenn Ficarra
John Requa


Glenn Ficarra
John Requa


Will Smith - Nicky Spurgeon


A veteran grifter takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.

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