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Casting company seeking local fishermen for movie to be filmed in New Bedford area

Tommy Lee Jones has been announced to star in the film "Finestkind," directed by Brian Helgeland, who was born in Providence, R.I., and, according to IMDB, grew up in New Bedford.Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

A casting company is looking for New Bedford locals and experienced commercial fishermen to perform as extras in a dramatic crime movie “Finestkind,” according to a casting call.

Kendall Cooper Casting said the company is “seeking experienced commercial fishermen and local New Bedford people of all ethnicities who are interested in working as extras on the film.”

The film was written and is being directed by Brian Helgeland, who was born in Providence, R.I., and grew up in New Bedford, according to IMDB. Helgeland said in a statement from streaming service Paramount+, who acquired the rights to the film Tuesday, that he feels “privileged” to tell audiences an authentic story.


“Having spent a year after college as a Massachusetts fisherman, I created a script that brings a level of authenticity by being able to weave in my own personal experiences,” said Helgeland, who won an Academy Award for the screenplay of “L.A. Confidential,” in the statement. “I come from a long line of commercial fishermen and have experienced their hard-working world firsthand.”

The movie is set in New Bedford and filming will take place in the city and surrounding areas from April through June, according to the casting call.

The casting company said it seeks people from the “diverse population unique to the New Bedford area (Cape Verdean, Portuguese and more).”

“Finestkind” will star Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Foster of “Leave No Trace” and “Hell or High Water,” Toby Wallace of “Babyteeth,” and Jenna Ortega, who stars in the new installment of “Scream” and played young Jane on the series “Jane the Virgin,” according to the statement.

The film follows “two brothers (Foster and Wallace) from opposite sides of the tracks, who are reunited as adults over one fateful summer,” according to the statement.


The brothers start working with a dangerous Boston crime group, and a woman (Ortega) finds herself caught in the middle, according to the statement. As a result, sacrifices are made and familial bonds are tested, the streaming service said.

All extras will have to show proof of vaccination and a booster shot, the casting company said, and masks will be required at all times, except when appearing on camera.

Filming at Steamship Wharf will take place on May 12, according to a letter from Fullshare, Inc. that the New Bedford Port Authority shared with the Globe.

“Foot traffic access to the wharf will be allowed intermittently but vehicle access and parking will be restricted,” the letter read. There will also be some parking restrictions on May 11 and 13, when the crews prepare for and wrap up the filming, according to the letter.

The letter also said that the company was looking for local captains and crew members to be part of the film.

“We are also looking for captains and crew members of vessels that typically dock at Steamship to be involved in our filming,” the letter read. “We are trying to capture the most authentic background for our scene and would love to speak with anyone who is interested in helping us achieve this look.”

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said in an e-mailed statement that Helgeland is a good fit for the film.

“There’s no one better to make a movie that is set in America’s preeminent fishing port than Brian Helgeland,” Mitchell said. “His unique combination of Oscar-caliber credentials and familiarity with our city and its waterfront will no doubt make for an authentic final product.”


The film is being produced by Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, Taylor Sheridan of Bosque Ranch, David C. Glasser of 101 Studios, according to the statement.

In association with MTV Entertainment Studios, “Finestkind” will debut exclusively on Paramount+ in late 2022 in the United States, the streaming service said.

Matt Yan can be reached at matt.yan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @matt_yan12.