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Local casting call for J.J. Abrams show ‘Castle Rock’

Producer J.J. Abrams attends the Hulu 2017 Upfront Presentation at La Sirena on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in New York.
Producer J.J. Abrams attends the Hulu 2017 Upfront Presentation at La Sirena on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in New York.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Slate Casting will host an open casting call July 18 for the Hulu show “Castle Rock,” which starts production in Massachusetts this month. The J.J. Abram s-produced show – which will be shot in Orange and Devens through December – is based on the fictional Maine town (Castle Rock) that appears in many Stephen King books. So far, the cast includes André Holland of “Moonlight,” Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy, and Melanie Lynskey.

The casting call for extras will run from 3 to 7 p.m. at Orange Town Hall (6 Prospect St.). Slate Casting Director Ashley Skomurski put out this statement about the event: “We are so excited to meet the residents of Orange and the surrounding communities at the open casting call. We encourage anyone interested in doing extra work on the project to come see us on July 18th. No need to bring anything special with you. Just be prepared to have fun!”

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The call is for anyone 18 and older, and all extra work is paid. There’s more information at www.slatecasting.com.

Massachusetts has welcomed a long list of movies over the past decade, but “Castle Rock” is the first scripted television series to base production here in 30 years. Shows such as “Chasing Life” have filmed specific scenes around Boston, but most have set up production elsewhere.

Chris O’Donnell, business manager for the local film crew union, said in June that the most recent Mass.-based scripted series was 1990’s “Against the Law.” It ran on Fox and starred Michael O’Keefe. Before that, it was “Spenser: For Hire.”