Walt Disney Pictures in association with Mayhem Pictures are set to begin shooting the feature film “McFarland” in the San Joaquin Valley, California area beginning in September, 2013. The casting director will be auditioning athletic Hispanic men ages 17 to 23 with running experience to recreate an authentic realism of McFarland High Cougars’s 1990’s cross-country team, who became unlikely 9-time California champions. This film was originally scheduled to begin shooting in June, however production was pushed to September.
Auditions are underway for a brand new Disney Channel series pilot titled “Kirby Gates”. The single camera comedy will combine live-action and animation. Kids and teens from 12 – 17 years of age are being cast as series regulars, as well as adults for possible recurring roles should the series be picked up. Many kids and teens will also be hired as extras to play students and other roles. People of any ethnicity can submit, or register for extra work. The show is under SAG-AFTRA with AFTRA contract terms. Shooting will begin in November, 2012.
The true story behind the 1964 Walt Disney Productions musical film Mary Poppins is being made into a modern behind-the-scenes movie titled “Saving Mr. Banks”. Walt Disney Pictures will begin shooting September, 2012 in Los Angeles and Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. Casting for starring and supporting roles is underway. One very coveted role will be the child actor who plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers at 7 years old. Auditions are taking place in Los Angeles, with additional casting in Queensland, Australia. The film’s extras, photo doubles, and stand-ins will be cast in both Los Angeles and Australia.
With news of Kristen Stewart being Universal Pictures favorite to play Snow White opposite Viggo Mortensen as Eric the Huntsman, things are getting very interesting in the casting offices at the studio. The remaining co-starring, supporting, and day player roles are up for grabs and unknown talent could be considered.