Casting call for feature film 'Franny' seeking identical twin boys to star in scenes with Richard Gere

Philadelphia Casting Call

"Franny" will film in Philadelphia beginning October 14, 2013.
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Treehouse Pictures and Tiderock Media in association with Magnolia Entertainment and Soaring Flight Productions are in pre-production on the comedy feature film "Franny". The Primetime Emmy Award nominated local Philadelphia casting director is setting up auditions for principal actor speaking roles. Shooting will take place in and around the city of Philadelphia beginning October 14, 2013 and will continue through the end of November. The extras casting will be taking place when filming begins and throughout production. Film crew positions are also being filled, submission details below.

"Franny" centers on a hedonistic philanthropist who ingratiates himself into the lives of a newlywed couple in order to re-create the life he once had. Golden Globe Award winner Richard Gere is playing the lead role of philanthropist Francis "Franny". Gere returns once again to his birthplace of Philadelphia. Since Gere's Golden Globe Award nominated performance in the feature film "Arbitrage", he did voice-over work on the New York Yankees produced animated film "Henry & Me". He also did a segment in the film "Movie 43". Upon completion of "Franny" Gere will star in the adult love story film "This Man, This Woman".

Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee Andrew Renzi will direct "Franny" from an original screenplay that he wrote himself. Renzi developed the project through the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, a five-day writer's workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with industry leading writers that serve as creative advisers. Renzi's most recent project was the short film "Karaoke!" which earned him his Sundance nomination, and also won an award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

TideRock Media partners Thomas B. Fore and Jason Michael Berman will produce "Franny" along with Independent Spirit Awards nominee Kevin Turen of Treehouse Pictures. Jay Schuminsky of Big Shoes Media will also produce. Magnolia Entertainment President and CEO Shelley Browning will also executive produce. Browning is also a talent & literary manager whose clients include Rachel McAdams, Rosamund Pike, and Brittany Snow. Also executive producing is Justin Nappi of Treehouse Pictures, Ruth Mutch of Soaring Flight Productions, Mike Diamond of Gateway Films, and John Friedberg of QED International.

"Franny" Philadelphia Casting Call Details

Primetime Emmy Award nominee Diane Heery is the local casting director for principal actor speaking roles in Philadelphia, and she is seeking the following:

[IDENTICAL TWIN BOYS] Ages 6-9. Any ethnicity. To play a terminally ill orphan at a Children's Hospital. Both twins will play one role, taking turns filming with Richard Gere in two scenes. Acting experience preferred, but not necessary. This is under SAG-AFTRA contract, however the casting director will also consider non-union.

This auditions and shoots in Philadelphia. Please send your child's photos and your contact info to the following:

If chosen, you will be contacted with an audition appointment time and location.

All talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Pennsylvania and in the United States.

The 2013 Pittsburgh Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free 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 Pennsylvania and the United States:

• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• Pennsylvania Child Entertainment Work Permit Application
• Pennsylvania Application for Minors In Performances
• Pennsylvania Parental Acknowledgement of Minor's Duties and Hours of Employment Form
• Pennsylvania Minors Waiver Request Form for Entertainment Performances
• Pennsylvania Child Labor Complaint Form
• Pennsylvania Child Labor Act Details
• Pennsylvania Child Labor Act Hours Rules for Performances By Minors
• Pennsylvania Regulations Governing Employment of Minors
• Pennsylvania Child Labor Law Prohibitions
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

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Principal Actor Casting

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

No phone calls or personal drop-offs.


Dianne Heery
Jason Loftus
Heery Casting
2618-22 E. Cumberland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

New York:

Kerry Barden
Barden/Schnee Casting
150 West 28th Street
Suite #402
New York, NY 10001

Los Angeles:

Rich Delia
Barden/Schnee Casting
1513 6th Street
Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA  90401


I highly recommend that your 8x10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. If the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


"Project Name"
"Role of _______"

Extras Casting


The extras and stand-ins will begin to be cast closer to the start of filming mid-October, 2013. Check back for details.

Film Crew


Experienced film crew members and production staff located in Philadelphia can email resumes to:

In the subject line of your email, please indicate that it is a Crew resume and the department you are seeking to work in. For example, "Crew – Camera Department".


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.

Treehouse Pictures/Tiderock Media
9200 Sunset Blvd.
Suite 1232
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Magnolia Entertainment
9595 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 601
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Soaring Flight Productions
1700 Pacific Avenue
Suite 4100
Dallas, TX 75201

QED International
1800 N. Highland Avenue
5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Executive Producers:

Shelley Browning
Michael Diamond
Ruth Mutch
John Friedberg


Thomas B. Fore
Jason Michael Berman
Jay Schuminsky


Andrew Renzi


Richard Gere - Francis aka "Franny"


A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past.