Could it be that the film scene in Massachusetts is gearing up again?
Netflix appears set to launch a major project in the Boston area come October, and a local casting director has already put out the call for extras.
Judith Bouley, who helped cast the upcoming Adam Sandler Netflix film “Hubie Halloween," has begun casting background actors in Boston for a new Neflix film, she confirmed to the Globe Wednesday.
“We need people of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities to potentially work as paid background actors,” Bouley said. Applicants are asked to fill out an online casting application at her company website, judithbouleycasting.com. Filming kicks off mid-November.
Bouley told WBZ Channel 4 that unlike “Hubie Halloween,” where extras casting took place in person at Marblehead High School, casting for this new Netflix project will be done over Zoom from her offices in Los Angeles.
Bouley has helped cast several big-ticket films including 2013′s “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise, 2015′s “Jurassic World,” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” in 2003. “Hubie Halloween,” which also stars Julie Bowen, Steve Buscemi, Maya Rudolph, and Peyton List, premieres Oct. 7 on Netflix.
The casting director has remained tight-lipped about just what the new film is, saying only that it’s “a huge project but, you know, I’ve got to keep it a secret.”
Our money’s on a film called “Don’t Look Up,” from Oscar winner Adam McKay, the director behind “The Big Short” and “Vice." The film was initially set to start shooting in April but was delayed, along with everything else, because of the pandemic.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Don’t Look Up” is a comedy about two astronomers who discover a meteor is on course to strike Earth in a few months. They set out to warn people — who apparently don’t take the scientists too seriously.
Hmmm. People not listening to scientists about impending doom? Sounds timely. “Don’t Look Up” will star Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, and Cate Blanchett, according to IMDb.com
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