D.C. casting call Sunday for new Netflix series

Nathan Hager, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – The D.C.-based company, Central Casting, is holding an open call this Sunday for “House of Cards,” a one-hour political drama that will be produced exclusively for Netflix’s instant streaming service.

The series is based on a four-part BBC mini-series and stars Kevin Spacey “as an ambitious politician with his eye on the top job,” according to a Netflix blog post.

“I’m looking for an awful lot of really wonderful, elegant people,” Central Casting’s President Dagmar Wittmer says.

Specifically, they’re looking for 21- to 34-year-old men and women who can fill the roles of nameless political staffers and reporters, and people ages 40 to 60 to play politicians, lobbyists and reporters.

“Even though it’s Sunday, don’t wear shorts or anything like that. Look professional, because these pictures are going to be used forever,” Wittmer instructs would-be actors.

Netflix has committed to produce 28 episodes, so this weekend’s casting call is not expected to be the last.

Most of the shooting for the series will take place in Baltimore. A similar casting call held there last weekend drew about a thousand people. Wittmer says calls in D.C. tend to be larger.

The open call will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hill Center on 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Interested participants are asked to email a JPEG file photo of themselves including their name, phone number, height and weight to ccsubmissions01@gmail.com.

Shooting is expected to start in mid-April.

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