SARASOTA -- When Hollywood visits the region’s most famous home this week hundreds of locals will play attendees in a charity auction scene.
R.J.’s Casting and Unique Casting Partners sought “high-end, wealthy-looking Palm Beach types” to work as background extras on the major motion picture “Parker.”
The Ca’ d’Zan Mansion shoot at Ringling Museum of Art is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday.
Directed by Oscar-winner Taylor Hackford, the crime/thriller stars A-listers Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez as well as acclaimed veteran Nick Nolte and Michael Chiklis (TV’s “The Shield.”).
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The taping, predominantly taking place at night, is closed to the public.
People interested in being an extra in “Parker” were asked to submit a head shot or current digital picture to www.rjscasting.com along with contact information.
The phone message and website for the Orlando-based company alerted interested parties Monday that “the movie ‘Parker’ has been cast.”
Pay is $105 per day for three days.
Lauded Sarasota actor Robert May, who made his directorial debut last week with the Manatee Players’ winning production of “The Sound of Music,” emailed the casting company Friday morning and received a call back the same day.
“They wanted to make sure I was available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” May said. “I told them I had a tuxedo but they asked for all my measurements and told me they’d probably provide one.”
May expects to be emailed further instructions today.
“I’ve never done extra work before but always wanted to,” the 32-year-old said. “I grew up in California so I don’t really get star-struck but I would love to see Jennifer Lopez, who wouldn’t?”
It’s still unconfirmed if the stars will be present in Sarasota.
Hackford, whose resume includes directing celebrated films such as “Ray,” “Devil’s Advocate” as well as “Officer and a Gentleman,” will be arriving in Sarasota today, according to Tom Garrett.
Garrett, film professor at the University of Tampa and director of special initiatives for the Sarasota Film Festival, has also said SFF will be throwing a wrap party for the Ca’ d’Zan shoot.
“Parker” screenwriter John McLaughlin, best known for contributing to the “Black Swan” script, wrote the screenplay for the 1988 movie “Death Collector,” which Garrett directed.
The Ringling Museum of Art has stated the first floor of the Ca’ d’Zan will be closed starting today.
Lopez performed Saturday at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. There are no other upcoming public events posted on her official website.
Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at (941) 745-7057. Visit his blog at heraldbuzzworthy.blogspot.com.