Extras sought for TV pilot 'Reservation Dogs' and Ronald Reagan biopic, both filming in Oklahoma
Calls for extras have been issued this week for two high-profile productions filming in Oklahoma: the television pilot "Reservation Dogs" and the Ronald Reagan biopic "Reagan."
Additional extras are needed to appear in the "Reservation Dogs" pilot when it films next week in Okmulgee, according to a bulletin from OKC's Freihofer Casting. The pilot also is filming in Tulsa, and the production is following coronavirus protocols, such as requiring everyone, including extras, to undergo pre-employment COVID-19 testing, along with additional testing while on the set.
As previously reported, acclaimed Tulsa moviemaker Sterlin Harjo, who is a member of the Seminole and Creek nations, wrote and is directing the pilot episode of the upcoming FX limited series. He has been collaborating with Oscar-nominated New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, who is of Maori ancestry, on "Reservation Dogs," about four Native American teenagers living in an Indian housing project in rural Oklahoma who spend their days committing crime and fighting it.
"We were about to shoot the pilot when COVID kicked off and everyone had to go home. But it's been nice because it's still moving forward. We're just waiting on production to pick back up, and it gave us time to kind of write more episodes, which has been great," Harjo told me in an interview earlier this summer.
"If you look at Native representation in history, it's been pretty bad. So, almost showing any truthful, real version of Native people is humanizing. ... I think anytime we show Native people kind of on their terms and in their environments, we're humanizing (them) on the screen and we're changing the narrative that history has kind of laid on us - history and Hollywood."
According to another casting bulletin, the biopic "Reagan" is set to begin filming in the Oklahoma City and Guthrie areas later this month, and the production has announced a need for featured extras scheduled to work the first week of filming.
Different featured extras will work later in the film schedule and will be announced at a later time.
The feature film tells the story of how a young boy escapes poverty, finds his way to Hollywood and then becomes the 40th president of the United States, ready to take on the Soviet Union.
The biopic will star Dennis Quaid (who previously worked in Oklahoma on "I Can Only Imagine") as Ronald Reagan and co-star Jon Voight ("Deliverance") and David Henrie ("Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2"), according to the bulletin.
"Reagan" will be directed by Sean McNamara ("Soul Surfer") and is written by Howard Klausner ("Space Cowboys"). Mark Joseph and John Sullivan are producing.
As previously reported, after the coronavirus pandemic shut down productions in spring, work on various movie and TV projects began ramping back up in early summer, leading to what is shaping up to be a busy fall for Oklahoma's film industry.
Among the productions currently underway around the state are Tulsa native John Swab's (“Body Brokers”) crime drama "Ida Red," starring Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Frank Grillo and Josh Hartnett, in the Tulsa area; director Jared Cohn's thriller “Cheer for Your Life,” in the Oklahoma City area; and director Nadeem Soumah's feature film “Impropriety,” in OKC and the surrounding area. Oklahoma filmmaker Kyle Kauwika Harris' crime thriller "Out of Exile," starring Adam Hampton, Ryan Merriman and Peter Greene, also is gearing up to lens in central Oklahoma in the coming weeks.
Also slated to begin filming this fall is the Kingdom Story Company and Lionsgate project "American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story." As previously reported, Jon Erwin and Andrew Erwin ("I Can Only Imagine") will direct and produce the inspirational sports biopic with Zachary Levi ("Shazam," TV's "Chuck") set to portray the two-time NFL MVP and Hall of Famer.