Open casting call scheduled for new FX series 'Hoke'


I am assisting the casting director with getting word out about an open casting call for the new FX Productions and Deuce Three Productions television series Hoke starring Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti. 

The series takes place in late 1970s Miami, and all types are needed. Stand-ins for Giamatti and Screen Actors Guild Award nominated actress and former Game of Thrones star Oona Chaplin are also being cast. Shooting will commence in February.

Hoke centers on veteran police officer Hoke Moseley (Giamatti) in 1978 Miami, and he's a mess. He's lost a lot of things in his life: his hair, his teeth, his wife, his partner, his belief in humanity. In exchange for all that, he's got a drinking habit, a smoker's rasp, and a cruddy hotel room - which he's about to lose. He's managed to hang onto his job and his life, but Hoke is a crap magnet - every crappy, rotten crime in the Miami-Dade area lands on Hoke's ashstrewn desk, and he feels like he spends his life in a gator-filled sewer from which there is no exit.

Also starring in Hoke is Oona Chaplin playing Ellita Sanchez, a sharp young homicide detective recently promoted from dispatcher to Hoke's new partner. John Carroll Lynch portrays Bill Henderson, an old-school Miami Detective and Hoke's former partner who is equally as miserable in the recently diversified department. Robert Wisdom plays Major Brownley, the head of the Miami PD Homicide Squad, who has a long history with Hoke and his antics. Jordi Molla has been cast as Armando Zuniga, a sociopath Cuban who arrives on the shores of Miami in the rumpled, faded clothing of a peasant Cuban refugee and integrates into the city posing as a famous poet of the Cuban people. Golden Globe Award nominee Tammy Blanchard rounds out the series regular cast as Loretta Hickey, the striking mother of a murdered drug addict who Hoke comes across while investigating the case.

Paul Giamatti will executive produce with Daniel Carey under the banner of their production company Touchy Feely Films, which signed a two-year, first-look deal with FX Productions in 2013. In addition to writing the series and directing the pilot episode, Academy Award nominee Scott Frank will also executive produce. Academy Award winner Curtis Hanson will exec produce along with his Deuce Three Productions partner and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Carol Fenelon.

Hoke Miami Open Casting Call Details

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Casting director Bill Marinella of Marinella/Hume Casting is looking for the following types for extra work the FX television pilot "Hoke", starring Paul Giamatti and Oona Chaplin. This shoots in Miami.

Please read the following announcement and only reply if you fit the criteria below.

An open call is scheduled for Saturday, January 25th.


WHEN: Saturday, January 25th, 2014
9AM - 1PM

WHERE: Hollywood Rotary Club
2349 Taylor Street
Hollywood, FL 33020

This takes place in 1978. They encourage those who are able, to style themselves accordingly. Please do NOT treat this as a silly dress up/Halloween day. No crazy, over the top choices. Authenticity is key.

Below are some of the types they are looking for but certainly not limited to :

• Experienced Stand-Ins: with a resume and headshot - would be needed 2/6 thru 2/28.

• Men: tough characters, Full hair, Sideburns and Mullets, perms and fu manchu's , big bushy eyebrow types, classic sports coat looks, etc.

• Women with Farrah or Peggy Fleming type hairstyles.

• Elderly types, 65 plus, male and female with great faces that tell stories, little blue haired ladies and old men.

• Super, skinny emaciated junkie types

• Older Filipino men, ages 50 and up

• Vehicles from 1960-1978

• Real Medical Staff: EMT, NURSE, DOCTOR

• Real Police and Military personnel.

• Shaggy and Unkempt looks.

• Twins

• Red-heads

• Unique looking facial features

• Any one with old filament style bulb cameras , box cameras ,press pass type vests etc..

• African American Men and Women with hair that can pass or be styled to adhere to the 70's look.

They will be taking your photo so follow these guidelines closely:

Please arrive dressed in your best mid to late 70's outfit. Hair Make up camera ready. (Again, please try and be authentic as possible. Showing up in an afro wig and a tye-dye shirt won't fly.) Also, don't be discouraged if you don't exactly fit the above specs, they would still love to see you at the open call.

Please know your measurements including your hat and neck, waist, inseam, shoe, jacket, dress size, etc.

RATE: $108/12

If you can not attend the open casting call, please visit the following for email submission information:

Hoke Casting Director Email Submission Information

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:

Leeba Zakharov
Avy Kaufman Casting
180 Varick Street
Suite 1604
New York, NY 10014


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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


Marinella Hume Casting

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.

Deuce Three Productions
1041 North Formosa Avenue
Santa Monica Building
Suite E
Los Angeles, CA 90046

FX Productions
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Building 103
4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Executive Producers:

Scott Frank
Curtis Hanson
Carol Fenelon
Dan Carey
Paul Giamatti


Scott Frank


Paul Giamatti - Hoke Moseley
Oona Chaplin - Ellita Sanchez
John Carroll Lynch - Bill Henderson
Robert Wisdom - Major Brownley
Jordi Molla - Armando Zuniga
Tammy Blanchard - Loretta Hickey


A look at the life and misadventures of homicide detective Hoke Moseley during the 1980s.