Oprah Winfrey is looking for a few good actors in the Baltimore area.
Winfrey’s Harpo Films has put out a casting call for children and adults to appear in a movie that she is filming for HBO, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
According to the website auditionsfree.com, the production has been filming in Atlanta and is coming to Baltimore later this month for some local shoots.
“A casting call is out for Baltimore locals who would like to work as paid movie extras on the film,” the website reported. Casting directors “are now accepting submissions from Baltimore locals to fill small, non-speaking roles.”
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a historical drama about the unauthorized harvesting of certain cancer cells that led to medical breakthroughs. Lacks was born in Baltimore, and the cells were “cultured” from her body by doctors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for medical research. Winfrey’s film is based on the non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot.
According to Deadline.com, Winfrey is working with Alan Ball, known for his contributions to the HBO shows Six Feet Under and True Blood.
Besides serving as an executive producer, Winfrey has a major on-screen role as Deborah Lacks, the daughter that Henrietta never got to know. The story is told through her eyes. Tony-winning Hamilton star Renee Elise Goldsberry plays Henrietta Lacks, George C. Wolfe is the director.
According to auditionsfree.com, filming in Baltimore will take place September 20 to 22. Actors are needed to play men and women from the 1950s, a nurse, a homeless man, and children.
More information is available on the website.