Aspiring actors in New York City have something new to get excited about. Right now, production of a new film starring Sean Penn, Black Flies, is scheduled to begin this fall and the process of casting is currently underway. Here’s everything you need to know about landing an audition for this intriguing new film.
About Black Flies
This new Sean Penn film is based on the novel of the same name by Shannon Burke, which follows the lives of life-saving paramedics in New York City. The thriller dives into the daily responsibilities of being first responders for severe medical incidents in the country’s largest metropolis and the intense toll the job can take.
The story revolves around Ollie Cross (Tye Sheridan), a young student eying a future in medical school, who gets a first-hand look at what it takes to work on the front lines by driving an ambulance. This role places him alongside hardened veteran Gene Rutovsky (Sean Penn), a highly revered emergency medic widely considered to be one of the best there is.
The story explores the dynamics of an optimistic newcomer coming to terms with the realities of the job working with a role model who’s seen it all and is struggling to see how his actions make a difference. The film promises to deliver plenty of pulse-pounding sequences while providing poignant commentary on the work of essential workers, whose humanity is often taken for granted.
Black Flies Casting
While the lead roles of Black Flies have been cast, the production still needs to fill a wide range of roles for the film. These roles include both background positions and prominent supporting roles, meaning a wide range of actors in New York City have the potential to earn a role.
The casting call for Black Flies includes a heavyset Black male in his 50s, a Russian man and a Russian woman in their 30s, and various other day player roles of young men and women of all ethnicities.
There is also a long list of background roles that need to be filled with all kinds of actors, including children and older adults. So if you’re looking to appear on-screen in Black Flies, there are plenty of opportunities for you. Filming is scheduled to begin on October 4th of this year in New York City.
How to Get Cast in Black Flies
Applications are currently being accepted for all roles still yet to be cast. If you’re not located in New York City, you may be required to stay near the shooting location for day player or speaking roles.
It’s also a great time to start working a good agent by attending a Discovery Spotlight talent expo. We are connected to several top New York agencies. Having an acting agent will give you a major advantage if you’re pursuing speaking roles in a film like this one. It will also help you negotiate better pay and stipends for travel expenses when filming away from your hometown. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your acting career.