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‘Footloose’ remake seeking extras

If you wanna cut loose, footloose, well, here’s your shot to be an extra on the remake of  the 1984 Kevin Bacon film “Footloose” shooting here in Atlanta.

The new “Footloose” will star Dennis Quaid in John Lithgow’s preacher role and Ryan Seacrest’s squeeze Julianne Hough playing Lori Singer’s girlfriend role. Newcomer Kenny Warmold will have Bacon’s spot.

Here’s the press release:

ATLANTA, GA  (August 20, 2010) – Paramount Pictures is seeking local actors and actresses to appear in a new movie based on the classic 1980’s film, “Footloose,” helmed by Director Craig Brewer, which will be shooting in the Atlanta area through November.

Casting Director Bill Marinella, a 17-year industry veteran, is leading the search for extras to appear as background talent for this studio production.

Those selected for work on the movie will be paid and receive free parking. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply.  If you have a headshot, please feel free to bring it.

The open call will be held, Thursday, August 26th 4pm-6pm.

Cowboys Bar

1750 North Roberts Road NW
Kennesaw Georgia 30144

The movie is looking for the following types of persons:

  • High school age looking (minimum18 yrs of age to play younger)
  • “Character types” including persons with interesting facial features, hairstyles, aged “weather worn” looks
  • Casting ages 18 and over, persons of all ethnicities, shapes and sizes, for church leaders
  • Farmers, speedway racetrack fans, southern looking ladies and gentleman in
  • “Sunday Best”
  • Real cheerleaders and high school jocks in school attire (minimum18 yrs of age to play younger)
  • Sweet southern gals and strong men who work with their hands
  • Line dancers with “best attire”

Wardrobe directions:
·    NO LOGOS of any kind ABSOLUTELY
·    Please dress in layers in simple forms (example: t-shirt, flannel shirt, light jacket, overalls, denim, khakis, business wear, long-sleeve shirts, tie)
·    NO small PRINTS/PATTERNS (summer patterns are okay as long as not to too “busy”), ladies jeans and dresses are fine, nothing too revealing
·    Townsfolk, working class women and men and southern churchgoers, please come dressed in your “best looks” with hats, suspenders, purses, bonnets and accessories
·    Please come with hair and make-up applied and be camera ready

Those selected to work on this production will need to be available for an ENTIRE 13-hour day and make arrangements for a Monday thru Friday shooting schedule.

You must have 2 forms of valid identification for work.  Please bring official state ID’s (e.g., driver’s license, birth certificate, U.S. Passport).

For descriptions and photos of wardrobe and other fun stuff regarding extras casting on FOOTLOOSE, please follow our blog on the following link:

Need to get in the mood? Here’s the video with clips from the original film – including a dorky Sarah Jessica Parker!

The soundtrack also had the following five other hits by Mike Reno & Nancy Wilson, Deniece Williams, Shalamar, Kenny Loggins and the cheesiest of them all by Bonnie Tyler:

32 comments Add your comment


August 20th, 2010
5:05 pm

Sounds like fun but 13 hours? How much will extras be paid and is most of that time just spent standing around waiting?


August 20th, 2010
6:31 pm

I want to be an Extra..i am so there.

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August 20th, 2010
8:59 pm

So, they are in atlanta looking for redneck extras?


August 20th, 2010
9:32 pm

Its FOOTLOOSE… who cares if we get paid or not I want to be in the movie so bad! Plus we would get to meet the stars. I will do it for a free copy of the new release just let me be in the film. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. I am such a huge FOOTLOOSE FAN!


August 20th, 2010
9:54 pm

Speaking as someone who has been an extra for another movie filmed here in Atlanta, “We Are Marshall”, you don’t get to meet the stars. As a matter of fact, you are told specifically not to interact with them.


August 20th, 2010
10:11 pm

Right, because southern church-goers all dress like 1920’s country people. Sounds like the people from hollywood don’t get to church very often.

Taco Fan

August 20th, 2010
11:52 pm

Speaking of Bonnie Tyler, has anyone seen Cap’n Kev and Lil Ry Ry sing Total Eclipse of the Heart at Twisted Taco? It is unreal!


August 21st, 2010
8:04 am

Ive been an extra in a couple of movies so here is what you might expect. In Andersonville, I played a Union Prisonor. I was paid $75/day and had to be there at around 5:00am for wardrobe. Filming was done by noon and lunch was provided. I did not ever see or get to meet any of the stars.

In a league of their own I saw Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madona, Rosie O’Donnell, Penny Marshall, etc… all up close. I was in a scene where David Strathairn saluted me and shook my hand. He played the part of the owner of the rockford peaches and I was a sailor home on leave. Penny Marshall came up into the stands and directed me and 6 others for a scene. Rosie O’Donnell kept bumping into me when we were in the stands talking to other people in-between scenes. I did not get paid for this gig. I had to be there at 6:00am and was usually there until 5:00 – 6:00 that evening.

So, getting paid, I saw no stars. Not getting paid I saw and interacted with the stars and director. Each movie is different and its fun to see how they film things out of sequence and do the scenes over and over. Its a great learning experience. Just go expecting the least and to not see any stars and then you wont be disappointed.


August 21st, 2010
10:27 am

They are remaking Footloose? Are they going to remake the Mona Lisa as well? This is a horrible idea. What a joke.


August 21st, 2010
10:46 pm

I am so excited…however,, is incorrect? How do get further info?
Footloose remake has gotta be fun! Being an extra is a must…


August 22nd, 2010
9:20 pm

Does anyone really believe Julianne Hough is really Ryan Seacrest’s squeeze? And why is that relevant to being mentioned in this casting call article?

[...] And as my colleague RoHo told you last week, the “Footloose” folks are in town for the remake starring Julianne Hough. The casting call for extras for that flick is this Thursday at Cowboys in Kennesaw. Here are full details for how you can get involved. [...]

[...] is from 4 to 6 p.m. this Thursday at Cowboys in Kennesaw. Full details about how to get involved are at this link. The [...]


August 24th, 2010
4:37 pm

I am an actor and I mostly play supporting roles or as a background player aka ‘extra’. In GA extras are usually paid $58/8 (that’s $58 guarantee for 8 hours – that’s minimum wage!) and usually time and a half over either 8 hours or 12 hours depending on the production/project. Filming on a typical day(or night) is usually between 8 to 14 hours – and you MUST work the shift to earn your full pay. If you are hired for that day – you are expected to show up AND be available the entire shift. Oftentimes, you are in ‘extras holding’ waiting and waiting and waiting until they need you. And NO – you will be specifically directed NOT to interact or engage(talk, ask for autographs, take photos, etc.) with any of the stars/principals or major production crew members. Failure to comply will be immediate termination, sent home without pay, banned/blacklisted from that and possibly other future productions. Being an extra is not glamorous. It’s a job just like any other with its rules/etiquette/protocols. Oftentimes, you need to bring your own wardrobe – several changes for the wardrobe department to approve. And don’t be surprised if the scenes that you are in are cut during editing – or that in the final product you are only a few seconds of ‘blur’ in the background. If you expect to be ‘discovered’ working on a movie set as an extra, sorry to burst your bubble but that rarely ever happens – almost never ever. You are responsible for your transportation to/from extras parking/holding. And the first meal – which is usually called ‘lunch’ regardless when it is served(could be anytime of the day/night) – is frequently served 6 hours after CREW call-time. No – that’s not your/extras call time. You may get there at 9am but crew-call may be at 11am – which means that ‘lunch’ will not be served until 5pm. And you are expected to remain silent at all times when they are filming or working on the set. If you bring a camera and start taking pictures – you will be terminated on the spot and the recording device erased or confiscated. Don’t expect your name to be in the credits – not gonna happen. You are just a background extra earning approximately minimum wage/$7.25 an hour – and your job is to populate a scene. Don’t expect a speaking part to be handed to you – that RARELY ever happens. So – if you still want to be an ‘extra’ after reading the above, go for it. Oh – you may be expected to work outside all-day in the hot sun or in cold/chilly environments – and nobody really cares if you whine about it – that’s just the nature of the job/business. Ladies are expected to arrive hair and make-up ready – they seldom provide you with hair and make-up assistance. Keep in mind that the production(project) caters to the stars/principals of the movie – these folks are hard to replace – but you, an extra, at $7.25 an hour is a dime a dozen.


August 25th, 2010
9:03 am

Someone earlier shared their experiences being an extra, which sounds pretty accurate. Most of the time it’s a VERY long day, if you do get paid it won’t come close to comparing to a normal day of salary, and it’s very unlikely you’ll get to speak to any of the main cast or directors. And yes, Jami, you’ll spend the vast majority of your time sitting around waiting to be called. It CAN be a fun experience, depending entirely on the other extras and the crew. I’m glad I got a chance to be an extra a few years back but once was enough for me. I think it can be an interesting opportunity as long as you know what to expect.


August 25th, 2010
3:34 pm

I think Gone With the Wind , Driving Miss Daisy , and Remember The Titans were the greatest Georgia films of all time .


August 25th, 2010
4:16 pm

I was an extra once, o-n-c-e! There is little glamourous in it. The days are very, very long. There is more hurry up and wait than you can imagine. Lunch is iffy. They ran out of food one day I worked, so we had little over the course of a dark-to-dark shooting schedule. You stay where you are directed, say nothing, and eventually get herded somewhere to be background. If you get into the film, you will likely be a blur in the crowd. Extras are little more than mannequins. Oh, don’t expect a director’s chair with your name on the back. You will likely sit on the ground for hours unless you are in a place that already has lots of seating.

Too Easy

August 25th, 2010
4:20 pm

What’s filming over at old Briarcliff High School on N. Druid Hills? Been going on for better part of a week.


August 25th, 2010
10:08 pm

I hope Marvel Comics will shoot in Atlanta maybe the next Batman movie or Spiderman


August 26th, 2010
2:51 am

Cartoon Network’s NEVERFAIL is filming over at the old Briarcliff High School on N. D. Hills. About to wrap very soon.


August 26th, 2010
1:12 pm

This may sound like a stupid question, but does anyone know if we have to be there right at 4 to participate in the Open Call, or can we arrive anytime between 4 and 6? I really want to go, but I’m working today and can’t get there until around 5:15. Thanks for any advice!

Too Easy

August 26th, 2010
3:16 pm

Thanks, Tarantula. Are you by any chance related to Quentin Tarantula?


August 31st, 2010
11:52 am

would try out..but since i didn’t see any sistas in the last one.

Rick Moore

September 9th, 2010
4:13 pm

I was at the Covington cast call. Now waiting on one of Bill’s people to call me….

Sandra Carter

September 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

Please call me to work on this fantastic project (I live in the Covington,GA area.

Sandra Carter

September 11th, 2010
3:27 pm

Continued…..I have worked on over 60 productions so I do have knowledge and experience as far as being an extra!!!

Sandra Carter

September 11th, 2010
3:29 pm

You should have my information, I signed up at the Casting Call in Covington at Dekalb Tech last month. Thanks

stacey long

September 12th, 2010
12:46 am

they are in acworth this week. i have seen personally how crowded it is as i drive down the street everyday,and see where they have all their equipment parked at the local church, and they are using the mayors house as the home of dennis quaid and family. and they are using the old Days Chev for parking for xtras.

Carter Burger

September 15th, 2010
1:03 pm

They are remaking Footloose? Can you say “swine fornication”? Expect this thing to go down in flames, quick.


September 17th, 2010
11:35 pm

They are now in Covington, Ga on the square shooting the courtroom scene. Supposed to be here till tuesday.


September 21st, 2010
10:28 am

I think this is a great idea to film this in the Atlanta / Covington area, because this relly shows off the Southern Charm the South has. It is a Beautiful area. I really like the Covington area most, less traffic, southern charm, beautiful homes, & they still have the back roads & country needed for this movie. Good Luck & WELCOME to the South!


September 21st, 2010
10:29 am

The South WELCOMES Footloose…