Paramount Pictures open casting calls for feature film 'Super 8'

*** Principal Actor Casting Has Been Completed ***

Production is set to begin this fall on the Paramount Pictures feature film 'Super 8'. Primetime Emmy winning J.J. Abrams will write/direct the film, and 3 time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg will produce. Primetime Emmy winning casting directors April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg have been conducting the Los Angeles auditions for the lead roles.

'Super 8' was in pre-production under the smokescreen title 'Darlings' and is still being referred to as 'Wickham' for some open casting calls. This is due to the high profile nature of the film.

Paramount Pictures has chosen Weirton, West Virginia and surrounding areas for all of the on-location filming for the Super 8. The remainder will be shot in Los Angeles. Paramount is participating in the West Virginia Film Industry Act, a tax credit program designed to recruit business into the state.

An open casting call was already held on August 21, 2010 in Los Angeles at the Paramount Studios lot. There will be at least two additional open casting calls in Weirton, WV. The Super 8 crews will be shooting for two to three months in the area.

Here are some of the casting needs:

● Lots of middle school and high school aged people.

● Police Officer types.

● Militaty Soldier types.

● EMT and Firefighter types.

● Townspeople.

● Cars ranging from the mid-60s to 1979.

People from the Weirton-Steubenville Metropolitan area are welcome to attend or submit for the film. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Open Casting Call #1 Details


Millsop Community Center
Weirton Room
3420 Main Street
Weirton, WV 26062
Click Here for directions.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010
3:30pm - 6:30pm

Open Casting Call #1 Details


Weir High School
Football Stadium
100 Red Rider Road
Weirton, WV 26062
Click Here for directions.


Friday, September 3, 2010
During the Weir High vs Harrison Central High football game.

If you can't attend either open casting call and would like work as an extra, you can email current snapshots, current height, weight, measurements, and contact information to:

The principal actor casting director in Los Angeles is also auditioning actors for various supporting and supporting/lead roles male and female, ages 9 - 80 years of age.

Principal Actor Casting (Los Angeles):

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Alyssa Weisberg
April Webster
Super 8 Casting
1666 Euclid St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Extras Casting (West Virginia):

Sonya "Sonny" Tormoen
Sonny Productions
1650 21st Avenue NW
Saint Paul, MN 55112-5534
DO NOT visit or send photos to Sonny Productions.
Sonya Tormoen is working out of the West Virginia 'Super 8' production office.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies (they will most likely end up in the trash can), they do not cast the films. They hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Paramount Pictures
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Amblin Entertainment
100 Universal City Plaza
Building 5121
Universal City, CA 91608

Bad Robot Productions
1221 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Super 8 Production Office
1601 Cloverfield Blvd.
Suite 5000N
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Super 8 Production Office (West Virginia)
1 Amerihost Drive
Weirton, WV 26062

Producers: Bryan Burk, Steven Spielberg

Writer/Director: J.J. Abrams


Kyle Chandler
Elle Fanning
Ron Eldard
Noah Emmerich
Gabriel Basso
Joel Courtney
Riley Griffiths
Ryan Lee
Zach Mills


In 1979, the U.S. Air Force closed a section of Area 51, all the materials were to be transported to a secure facility in Ohio. Then all hell breaks loose when the train derails in a fiery crash, and the residents of a small town have their personal relationships tested when they are thrown up against extraordinarily fantastic and possibly other-worldly events.