Casting Director RJ Burns is looking for Bitterrooters – a lot of them – to be extras for the new television series “Yellowstone,” which stars Kevin Costner and Luke Grimes.
A portion of the series will be shot at the Chief Joseph Ranch south of Darby, beginning Aug. 14.
“I’m coming to Hamilton to do interviews with everybody I can get in the room on Aug. 6,” Burns said Wednesday. “There is a huge cast for this thing. I need pretty much anyone who can come work for me. It pays about $100 per day.”
The casting call is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the downtown Holiday Inn in Missoula.
Burns is looking for men and women age 14 and older. If people have head shots or resumes, Burns said they should bring them, but they’re not necessary.
“People need to just show up. We just want basic information, like name, address, phone number, age,” he said, adding that while most people won’t go to the wardrobe department, it’s helpful if people know their measurements.
He noted that it’s set in modern times, so people can wear their standard daily attire to the casting call. He adds that during filming, however, they don’t want to see any large logos or words on people’s clothing.
The television series follows the Dutton family, with patriarch John Dutton played by Costner and his youngest son Cory played by Grimes. John Dutton controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, which is under constant attack by those it borders.
Variety magazine says the production is described as “an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny — where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier.”
The series is being developed by the Paramount Network, and was created by Taylor Sheridan, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing “Hell or High Water” and “Sicario.”
Costner is best known for his leading roles in "Field of Dreams" and "Dances with Wolves." Grimes is known for supporting roles in "American Sniper" and "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Ten episodes are slated to be filmed for the first season.
Burns said the shooting dates are Aug. 14-25 at the Chief Joseph Ranch and in Livingstone, but not everyone will be needed everyday. People hired in the Bitterroot won’t be required to travel to Livingston.
The pay is $101.50 per day for “non-descriptive” extras and $150 per day for “featured” extras. Breakfast, lunch, light snacks and beverages also are provided to those who are hired.
No special skills are required.
“Basically, you walk in a circle and don’t look at the camera,” he said. “Then when you watch it on TV, you may see yourself for about three seconds.
“Essentially, we’re paying pocket changes, but you get to hang out on the set and you’ll have celebrity status with your friends for about five minutes.”