RALEIGH — Those dreaming of being discovered by Hollywood need only travel as far as Crabtree Valley Mall on Saturday for a shot at movie fame.
Caged Heat, widely considered to be the production title for the next installment in Robert Downey Jr.s Iron Man superhero franchise, will have an open casting call Saturday for anyone hoping to work as an extra on the film.
The movie will be filmed over the summer in different areas of the state, and casting calls will be scattered as well. Theres another opportunity to impress casting agents in Wilmington next weekend, and an upcoming casting call in the Kenansville area also has been mentioned.
Casting for the film is handled by the Tona B. Dahlquist Casting Company, the same company that managed casting for The Hunger Games the current top-ranked movie in the nation. The company also does casting for the current award-winning Showtime series Homeland, which films in Charlotte, and for a new Cinemax series called Banshee, which also will film in Charlotte.
The company says on its Facebook page that it needs all types, all ages and all ethnic descents for this weekends call and that it has a special need for those of Chinese and Middle Eastern descent.
The Hunger Games, filmed entirely in Western North Carolina last summer, used hundreds of locals as extras. Filmmakers spent an estimated $60 million in North Carolina, and the blockbuster has pulled in more than $460 million at the box office so far. Three sequels are planned based on the other two books in Suzanne Collins trilogy Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
Aaron Syrett, director of the North Carolina Film Office, says the film industry increased its spending in North Carolina from $75 million in 2010 to more than $220 million in 2011. As of right now, the state has commitments for about $230 million in film work for this year. The goal is to hit the $275 million mark.
Matthew Weiner, the creator of AMCs Mad Men television series, also will shoot his first major film project in North Carolina. You Are Here, which is set to star Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, will film in the Winston-Salem area.
North Carolina offers filmmakers tax incentives to work here.
The third Iron Man movie is scheduled to open in theaters in May 2013 and will star Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Scarlett Johanssen.