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You Could Be in a Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman Film

Want to be in a movie alongside some top celebrities? This is your chance!


Starting next month, Netflix will be in Pittsburgh filming a Denzel Washington-produced movie based on August Wilson’s award-winning play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

In addition to the star-studded cast including Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Michael Potts, the filmmakers are looking for people of all ages and ethnicities to be extras.

An open casting call will be held by Nancy Mosser Casting in the Monongahela Room at the DoubleTree hotel in Bigelow Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. No experience is necessary.

According to Mosser Casting, they are looking for extras, dancers and instrumentalists that have a natural look, given the story will take place in 1927. They ask that individuals have natural hair, meaning no extensions, weaves, braids or dyed hair; natural lashes and brows; natural or no make-up; no acrylic or painted nails; no ear gauges or facial piercings and no facial or neck tattoos.

Ma Rainey, often known as the “Mother of the Blues,” was one of the first African-American professional blues singers. The story by Pittsburgh native Wilson focuses on the struggles and discrimination she and her bandmates faced as she tried to make a record in a Chicago studio.

If you cannot attend the casting call, you can create a free profile on the Mosser Casting website to be considered for the film.

Filming is set to occur from early July through mid-August.

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