COVINGTON — If you’ve always wanted to be on the small screen, this may be your chance.
Extras are being cast for the new ABC drama “Resurrection,” which will film in and around Newton County from July 22 to mid-October. Formerly known as “The Returned,” the pilot for the show filmed in Covington and Oxford in March.
Actors of all ages, sizes and colors are being sought, said Cynthia Stillwell, owner of Cynthia Stillwell Casting in Atlanta.
“This is a real town and that’s what we want to see. Real people going about their business,” she said. Locations are being scouted, Stillwell said. She said there will be house, playground and church scenes filmed in Newton.
Families — parents, children and grandparents — are encouraged to apply “because for me it’s very important that we try to get a mother and father and child all working together as much as we can because it makes it more fun for families and it just makes it an entertaining day,” Stillwell said.
Children ages 6 to 14 are needed. There will be recurring roles for child extras, as the main character is an 8-year-old boy. Classmates and background actors are needed for school and playground scenes, Stillwell said. Families will be needed for church scenes.
“I want to try to establish an ensemble so when we’re coming over to do the church (scenes) I have a group of people that’s working with us for the next three months,” she said.
Headshots are acceptable, but Stillwell said she prefers recent candid shots. Include name, size, height, weight, place of residence and telephone number. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extras will be compensated. Stillwell asked that submissions be made as soon as possible.
The casting agency is also seeking precision drivers who can use their own cars in scenes. No red, white, black or burgundy cars will be used.
Filming will also take place in McDonough and at Screen Gems Studios in Atlanta.
Eight one-hour episodes have been picked up for ABC’s fall lineup of new shows, Stillwell said, adding she hopes the network will order more. “Resurrection” centers on an 8-year-old boy who comes back to his hometown of Arcadia, Mo., 30 years after he drowned.
“It’s so powerful and it has such an incredible message for all of us about what if we were given a second chance of coming back, what would we do with our lives?” Stillwell said.
The show’s stars include Omar Epps, who played Dr. Eric Foreman on the TV show “House;” Kurtwood Smith, who played Reginald “Red” Forman on “That ’70s Show;” and Francis Fisher, perhaps best known for her role as Ruth Dewitt Bukater, Rose’s mother, in “Titanic.”