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Movies and TV shows casting in Illinois

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June 20, 2024
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Movies and TV shows casting in Illinois

The glitz and glam of Hollywood captures the attention of Americans starting from an early age. Beyond celebrities' Instagram Stories and red carpet poses, there are actors out there paying their dues and honing their craft in pursuit of a sustainable career or a fulfilling sideline. Submitting to casting calls is a big part of that journey.

Whether you're a working actor or an aspiring one, you might be curious to know which movies and TV shows are casting roles near you. Backstage compiled a list of projects casting right now in Illinois, neighboring states, and nationwide, and which roles they're looking to fill.

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'Game Show Casting Call'

- Project type: reality TV
- Roles:
--- Game Show Guest (supporting, 18-100)
- Average hourly rate: $50
- Casting locations: Chicago
- Learn more about the reality TV show here

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'The Firebyrds'

- Project type: short film
- Roles:
--- James Calhoun (lead, male, 35-45)
--- DP-Cinematographer (crew)
--- Junior Byrd (lead, female, 13-18)
- Average hourly rate: $25
- Casting locations: Carbondale
- Learn more about the short film here

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'219 "The Series"'

- Project type: scripted show
- Roles:
--- Extra (background extra, 8-100)
--- Police Officer Extra (background extra, 21-100)
--- Production Assistant (crew)
- Average hourly rate: not available
- Casting locations: Chicago
- Learn more about the scripted show here

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'Nora'

- Project type: feature film
- Roles:
--- Lucas (Noah's Roomate) (day player, 18-26)
--- Nora's Father (day player, male, 40-60)
--- Noah (lead, male, 18-24)
- Average hourly rate: $62
- Casting locations: Chicago
- Learn more about the feature film here

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'Shorty Got That Work 2'

- Project type: feature film
- Roles:
--- Mike Clark (supporting, male, 23-29)
--- Production Assistant (crew)
--- Hard Nard (supporting, male, 22-32)
- Average hourly rate: $31
- Casting locations: Chicago
- Learn more about the feature film here

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'My Heart Remembers'

- Project type: feature film
- Roles:
--- Isabelle Standler (lead, female, 18-25)
--- Aaron Rowley (supporting, male, 18-27)
--- Mrs. Rowley (supporting, female, 50-60)
- Average hourly rate: $12
- Casting locations: Chicago, Rock Island
- Learn more about the feature film here

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'Social Justice Short Film'

- Project type: short film
- Roles:
--- Leasa (supporting, female, 11-16)
--- Maria (supporting, female, 28-39)
--- Miles (lead, male, 10-15)
- Average hourly rate: $31
- Casting locations: Chicago
- Learn more about the short film here

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'Haunted Halls'

- Project type: short film
- Roles:
--- Claire (supporting, female, 18-100)
--- Jillian (supporting, female, 25-100)
--- Andrea (supporting, female, 18-100)
- Average hourly rate: $27
- Casting locations: Glen Ellyn, Chicago
- Learn more about the short film here

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'DaCapo'

- Project type: short film
- Roles:
--- Young Esther (lead, female, 25-30)
--- Young Johnny (lead, male, 25-30)
--- Johnny (lead, male, 60-85)
- Average hourly rate: $37
- Casting locations: Chicago
- Learn more about the short film here

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'Action-Packed Santa Claus Film'

- Project type: short film
- Roles:
--- Mall Elf (supporting, 13-45)
--- Santa's Elves / War Elf (supporting, 8-75)
--- Total Brat (day player, 7-14)
- Average hourly rate: $62
- Casting locations: Chicago
- Learn more about the short film here

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'The Call'

- Project type: feature film
- Roles:
--- Jen (lead, female, 18-100)
--- Tanner (lead, male, 18-35)
--- Nick (lead, male, 18-100)
- Average hourly rate: $87
- Casting locations: nationwide
- Learn more about the feature film here

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'Lowball'

- Project type: feature film
- Roles:
--- Jenna (day player, female, 18-30)
--- Mary Ann (lead, female, 18-30)
--- Max (lead, male, 25-35)
- Average hourly rate: $125
- Casting locations: nationwide
- Learn more about the feature film here

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'One Last Job'

- Project type: short film
- Roles:
--- Bert's Girlfriend (day player, female, 18-25)
--- Bert (supporting, male, 18-25)
--- Eddie (lead, male, 18-25)
- Average hourly rate: $40
- Casting locations: nationwide
- Learn more about the short film here

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'The Lost Healer'

- Project type: short film
- Roles:
--- Kiva (lead, female, 18-25)
--- Arran (supporting, male, 18-25)
--- General Graeme (supporting, male, 40-55)
- Average hourly rate: $31
- Casting locations: Union, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky
- Learn more about the short film here

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'America Lasting Impressions'

- Project type: feature film
- Roles:
--- LINDA (lead, female, 18-25)
--- MIKE (lead, male, 18-25)
--- DREW (lead, male, 26-59)
- Average hourly rate: $50
- Casting locations: La Grange, Kentucky
- Learn more about the feature film here

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'Unknown Encounters'

- Project type: documentary series
- Roles:
--- Blonde Kid (day player, male, 8-11)
--- Black haired Kid (day player, male, 8-11)
- Average hourly rate: $15
- Casting locations: Lee's Summit, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; Liberty, Missouri
- Learn more about the documentary series here

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