Sony Pictures in association with Overbrook Entertainment are set to begin production on the major sci-fi epic thriller feature film “After Earth” which had previously been titled “1000 A.E.” Shooting will take place in Philadelphia and some out of town locations beginning at the end of February and run thru April 2012. The casting director is seeking teens ages 14-19 in the Philadelphia area to appear in the film as background performers playing military cadets. No prior acting or background performing experience is required, and both union and non-union talent will being considered.
Starring with Jaden Smith in “After Earth” is none other than his dad, two-time Academy Award nominee Will Smith. The story is set in a future in which humans no longer live on Earth after it becomes inhospitable. The elder Smith is playing a hero, while Jaden is his son, considered a failure as a warrior. When the two crash-land on Earth, it’s up to the son to save the dad. Hunger Games star Isabelle Fuhrman has joined the cast and will play Jaden Smith character’s friend Rayna. Zoe Kravitz plays Will Smith’s daughter, and Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo plays his wife in the film.
Indian-born American filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan will direct “After Earth” from a screenplay written by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli). Shyamalan said he is not shooting “After Earth” in 3D, however he stated that he is “planning something technically special” for the film, and Shyamalan did assist in writing the screenplay. Shyamalan and his family live on an estate in Willistown, Pennsylvania, thus his frequent shooting in nearby Philadelphia.
M. Night Shyamalan will also executive produce under the banner of his production company, Blinding Edge Pictures, which is located in Berwyn, PA. Overbrook Entertainment will produce “After Earth”. Overbrook is a leading entertainment production company which is run by producer James Lassiter, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and former CAA agent Ken Stovitz. Sony Pictures Entertainment will handle distribution.
Here is what the casting directors are seeking:
The following will work as background portraying military cadets in the major feature film “After Earth”:
• Male and Female teens, ages 14-19. Any ethnicity.
• Must be in excellent physical condition
• Can be either union (Screen Actors Guild) or non-union.
• Must be located within reasonable driving distance of Philadelphia.
All roles are considered local hires and you must have your own transportation and housing in the Philadelphia area. Pay will be at the Screen Actors Guild background rates.
To be considered, submit the following information in the body of an email:
• Child’s Name
• Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) names, if 17 or younger.
• Phone numbers
• All clothing sizes including hat and shoe.
• 2 RECENT photos: A close-up and A full body shot (both in jpg format)
• SAG status and membership number (if applicable)
Put “CADET” in the subject line on your email.