Casting company seeking extras for local film shoot

Published 10:29 am Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DAILY LEADER / KATIE WILLIAMSON / A crane with a spotlight is set up outside King's Daughters Medical Center Wednesday morning as shooting begins during casting of the movie, "The Hollars."

DAILY LEADER / KATIE WILLIAMSON / A crane with a spotlight is set up outside King’s Daughters Medical Center Wednesday morning as shooting begins during casting of the movie, “The Hollars.”

A movie casting company is looking for local people to serve as extras in a new film, “The Hollars,” directed by and starring John Krasinski and also starring Anna Kendrick and Margo Martindale.

According to the Morgan Casting’s Facebook page, casting for the movie will begin Wednesday. The company is issuing a call to residents of Brookhaven and the Jackson area willing to play nurses, doctors, orderlies and patients for a hospital scene that will be shot at King’s Daughters Medical Center.

KDMC marketing director David Culpepper said shooting started at KDMC Wednesday morning. “They are shooting here. It is a closed set.

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“They will be here several days,” Culpepper added. “It’s in an area of the hospital where it will not interfere with patient care or visitors’ access.

“It is a closed access area, and we request the public respect that,” Culpepper noted.

After looking over the area for possible scene locations during the past several days, the filming crew is uncertain about some of the other locations they will be possibly be shooting in Brookhaven, according to Ward Four Alderwoman Shirley Estes.

For those interested in working as an extra, the Facebook page said to send an email with a photo, name, city and contact number to

The casting company page says that the company is also looking for specific roles for the film including: “ethnic” husband and wife couples for a shoot Saturday, July 19, a double for the role of 50-year-old Sally, portrayed by Margo Martindale, who would be willing to have her head shaved during the filming for $500 on July 23 and a Caucasian older man in a wheelchair for Friday, July 25.

The Hollars is about an aspiring New York City artist, John Hollar (Krasinski) who takes his girlfriend (Kendrick) back to his small Midwest hometown to support his family during his mother’s (Martindale) brain surgery.

While back home, Hollar must deal with issues with his family, including his father, portrayed by Richard Jenkins, as well as old friends and an ex-girlfriend.

According to Deadline Hollywood, an entertainment news website, Krasinski will direct the “The Hollars.” He previously directed the 2009 film, “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.”

According to the news site, the script will remind audiences of “Steel Magnolias” and the movie “Garden State.”

Krasinski is best known as an actor for his role as Jim Halpert on “The Office,” a situation comedy on NBC. He also has been in numerous movies, including “It’s Complicated,” “License to Wed” and “Leatherheads.”

Kendrick won an Academy Award for her role as Natalie Keener in “Up in the Air” in 2009. Her other movie credits include “The Twilight Saga,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Pitch Perfect.”

Martindale is an Emmy Award winner who has had roles on the television shows “Justified” and “The Miller,” among others.

She is well known as a supporting actress in films. Among her credits are “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Hours” and “Dead Man Walking.”

Morgan Casting was founded by McComb native and long-time Canton resident, Matthew Morgan. After graduating from college, he moved to Toronto, Canada, where he started his casting company. He later returned to Mississippi to provide casting in Canton for the William Faulkner film “As I Lay Dying.”

For more information and to follow the casting call, visit