Sunday, June 18, 2000

Movie casting call next Saturday

By Margaret A. McGurk
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati has been chosen as one of a handful of cities that will be part of a national talent search for a major motion picture.

        The makers of the film, called Simone, are seeking a beautiful woman aged 18 to 28, white or mixed race, to play an unknown actress who becomes an international superstar virtually overnight.

        The New Line Cinema production is written and directed by Andrew Niccol, who wrote The Truman Show and directed his own script for Gattaca. Al Pacino will play the leading male role.

        D. Lynn Meyers, a veteran movie casting director as well as producing artistic director of Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, said she persuaded the makers of Simone to bring their search to the Tristate.

        “There is so much talent in this region, so many colleges and dance schools,” she said. “There is a real diversity of talent in this area.”

        The open call will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 at the Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St.

        Everyone who comes to the audition will be videotaped, Ms. Meyers said. No previous acting experience is required.

        Resumes are welcome but not required, Ms. Meyers said, though each applicant is asked to bring a photo to leave with the videotape.

        The character of Simone is the only part being cast, and none of the film will be shot in the Cincinnati area.


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