Acting Auditions and extras casting for feature film 'Parkland' produced by Tom Hanks

Feature Film Parkland Auditions Casting

"Parkland" will shoot in Austin, TX beginning January 13, 2012.
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Exclusive Media and The Playtone Company in association with Walleye Productions are in getting ready to begin shooting the true-story feature film "Parkland" with an all-star cast, and produced by Tom Hanks. The movie's casting directors in Los Angeles and Austin, TX are auditioning actors for starring, co-starring, and supporting roles. The stand-ins, photo doubles, and extras are all being cast in Austin where filming will take place from January 12, 2013 through February 13, 2013.

"Parkland" tells the story of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the aftermath, as experienced by the doctors of Dallas' Parkland Hospital, where the President was brought, as well as the stunned Secret Service agents, FBI agents, local authorities, and in particular the innocent Abraham Zapruder and Robert Oswald, whose own lives were changed forever by that November day in 1963. The film is based on attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi’s award winning book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F Kennedy".

Starring in "Parkland is eight-time Teen Choice Award winner Zack Efron playing the role of Dr. Charles "Jim" Carrico, a resident in general surgery at the time of JFK's assassination who was one of the first to take a look at the President. Also cast in the film is Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton, Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti, and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver.

Peter Landesman, former investigative journalist for New York Times Magazine, is making his directorial debut from an adapted screenplay that he wrote himself. Landesman wrote the story and executive produced the feature film "Trade," based on one of his articles in New York Times Magazine. Other works have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker. Landesman has the following screenplays lined up - "The Mission" for Di Bonaventura Pictures, "The Galton Case" for Warner Bros. Pictures, "Letter of Last Resort," for "Paramount Pictures," and "Kill the Messenger" for Universal Pictures.

Producing is two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks under the banner of his production company Playtone Productions. Four-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Gary Goetzman will co-produce with Hanks for Playtone. Exclusive Media Group CEO Nigel Sinclair, SVP of Production Matt Jackson, and Co-Chairman Guy East will Executive Produce. Exclusive Media will handle the worldwide distribution rights to the movie.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Texas and in the United States.

The 2013 Austin Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Texas and the United States:

• Child Labor Laws in Texas
• Summary of the Texas Child Labor Law
• Texas Child Labor Law FAQ
• Texas Limitations on Employment of Child Actors
• Texas Application for Child Actor - Performer Authorization
• Texas Application Exceptions for Child Extras
• Texas Workforce Commission Teen Application for Certificate of Age
• Texas Child Labor Complaint Form
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

In addition to the following Austin Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Austin Casting Directors List
• Austin Extras Casting Directors List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Austin Talent Agents List
• Austin Acting Coaches, Classes, and Schools List
• Austin Headshot Photographers List
• Headshot Mass Printing Photo Labs
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Austin Resources
• PDF Users Guide

The 2013 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

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

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

Los Angeles:

Lindsay Graham
Mary Vernieu
Betty Mae, Inc.
13375 Beach Avenue
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292


Vicky Boone Casting
1901 E 51st Street
Red Building
Suite 106
Austin, TX 78723

Extras Casting


Brock/Allen Casting
78 San Marcos
Austin, TX 78702

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Walleye Productions
3508 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702

The Playtone Company
1224 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Exclusive Media
9100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 401 East
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212


Tom Hanks
Gary Goetzman
Nigel Sinclair
Guy East


Peter Landesman


Zac Efron
Paul Giamatti
Billy Bob Thornton
Jacki Weaver
James Badge Dale
Marcia Gay Harden
Brett Stimely
Gary Grubbs
Paul Sparks


The film will detail the events leading up to the assassination of the John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, as well as its impact on the Parkland Hospital staff where the President was brought, federal agents and Abraham Zapruder and Robert Oswald. Kennedy was shot while traveling in a motorcade through Dallas, accompanied in the car by his wife Jacqueline and Texas Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie.