DETROIT (WWJ) – Do you want to be in movies? Now may be your chance. A remake of the movie “Sparkle” will be shot in Detroit.
WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting reported scores of people flooded the ballroom of Detroit’s Masonic Temple on Monday, hoping to be tapped for a spot as an
extra in the remake of the 1960’s-film.
Sweeting spoke with Winsome Sinclair of WSA Casting.
“We’re looking for all types. If you know the original screen play you kind of know the types that we’re looking for,” said Sinclair.
“But we’re also looking for people that will help us in capturing that 1960’s feel. That’s why a lot of people you see in the audience here, they’re dressed in their 1960’s gear,” she said.
Extras of all ethnicities and ages are needed, especially those who actually play musical instruments. Extras earn $8 per hour.
Actor Misty Braxton said she hopes to catch the eye of the casting agents. She also wouldn’t mind being upgraded from extra to a character with a speaking role.
“She just said they were looking for … an Aretha Franklin character, I think a young Aretha Franklin and some others that look alike. I’m going to try my best to get that part,” said Braxton.
Kelly Estell showed up clad in a short version of the bright red, sequined dress worn by the major characters in a nightclub scene.
“I’ve always kinda’ loved the movie. It was kinda’ inspirational, what the women went through with their struggle,” said Estell. “When I found out they were having another one, I had an opportunity … to be a part of it, you know, I kind of ran with it,” she said.
If you missed Monday’s open casting call, e-mail applications (include recent pics, contact info, age, height, weight) may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shooting begins in October. Calls-back will continue through November 18.