Michael De Luca Productions and Focus Features in association with Trigger Street Productions are in pre-production on the feature film “Fifty Shades of Grey”, which is based on the hugely popular best-selling novel of the same name by British author E. L. James. Universal Pictures announced on Saturday October 12, 2013 that actor Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the lead role of Christian Grey due to his extremely busy television schedule not allowing him sufficient time to prepare for the lead role in “Fifty Shades of Grey”. The Primetime Emmy Award winning casting director is now seeking a new actor to play the lead role of Christian Grey. Dakota Johnson has previously been cast in the role of Anastasia Steele.
NBC Universal is holding an open casting call for the upcoming three-hour live staging and telecast of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music”. The casting call is for boys and girls who can play roles between the ages of 6-14. The characters being cast are the seven Von Trapp Children. NBC will air the live broadcast on December 5, 2013. The casting team is seeking kids who are very good dancers with excellent acting skills.
Universal Pictures and Walden Media are in the pre-production stages of the epic true-story feature film “Unbroken,” which is based on the novel “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand. The novel has been on The New York Times bestseller list for over 108 straight weeks. This film has been in development with Universal for nearly 55 years, and Hillenbrand’s remarkable book brought the film project into reality. Casting is underway for the lead roles starting with the role of Louis Zamperini.
Gold Circle Films in association with Universal Pictures are hosting an open casting call for their feature film “Pitch Perfect,” which is based on a true story. In addition to general background extras, there are featured extra roles and stand-in roles for the film’s stars that will be up for grabs. All ages and types are needed, especially college age people. Shooting begins October 24, 2011 in Baton Rouge Louisiana. These are fully paid positions.