Chicago casting call for feature film 'Captive State'

Focus Features and Amblin Partners are set to begin shooting the feature film "Captive State" in Chicago, IL beginning in early March, 2017. Casting needs for extras and actors are posted below.

"Captive State" is a sci-fi thriller set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after it has been occupied by an extraterrestrial force. Captive State uses a grounded sci-fi setting to shine light on the modern surveillance state and the threats to civil liberties and the role of dissent within an authoritarian society.

Starring in "Captive State" is Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga, Golden Globe Award winner John Goodman, also Ashton Sanders and Machine Gun Kelly. Saturn Award nominee Rupert Wyatt is directing from an original screenplay that he wrote with Erica Beeney. Wyatt will also produce with David Crockett. Executive producers are two-time Christopher Awards winner Jonathan King, Primetime Emmy Award winner Ron Schmidt, and Primetime Emmy Award winner Jeff Skoll. 1st AD is Jonas Spaccarotelli.

"Captive State" Chicago Casting Call Details

All talent must be legally eligible to work in the entertainment industry in Chicago, Illinois. You can find eligibility and work permit information in the Chicago Actors Resource Guide eBook.

The feature film "Captive State" is now casting in Chicago, Illinois. Background actors are now being hired to work on the project. Producers are looking for background extras to work on a HUGE stadium scene filming in April, 2017. They are shooting an outdoor, night shoot in a stadium venue in Chicago on or around Monday, April 3rd to Thursday, April 6th. They will start later morning and shoot until sunrise the next day. They are searching for approx 500 paid extras for the first day and then about 300 the next three days. If you can work all 4 days send a recent color photograph with your height, weight, age, phone number, city and state, clothing size and shoe size to the following:

Put "500" in the subject line.

Principal Actor Casting Directors

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:

Sheila Jaffe Casting
6671 Sunset Blvd.
Building 1509, Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Christal Karge
Marisa Ross
Karge + Ross Casting
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642


Starring and supporting roles are mainly being cast through talent agents. You can find comprehensive listings and submission addresses for talent agents here. However, if you are not signed with an agent and wish to self-submit, 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.

Click Here to purchase the best resume and cover letter paper.

Crew Members

Experienced film crew members available to work in Chicago can submit resumes only to the following:

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions (see above).

Executive Producers:

Jeff Skoll
Jonathan King
Ron Schmidt


Rupert Wyatt
David Crockett


Rupert Wyatt
Erica Beeney


Rupert Wyatt


Vera Farmiga
John Goodman
Ashton Sanders
Machine Gun Kelly
Kevin Dunn


Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents.