Are you an oil worker in southern Louisiana? Do you want to be on the big screen? The perfect opportunity is coming your way, and it could mean the chance to be on set with Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg.
Pre-production is currently underway for “Deepwater Horizon,” which will focus on the events leading up to and during the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to The Advocate, a realistic offshore oil rig set is under construction in Chalmette, Louisiana. Production costs for the film are estimated at about $156 million.
Although the film recently underwent a director switch—Peter Berg has replaced J.C. Chandor, who originally signed on the for the project—the film is still set to hit theaters on September 20, 2016. Before on-set production can begin, however, the filmmakers are looking for real rig workers to double as extras on set. Those hope is that it will make the film more authentic and avoid that typical Hollywood feel.
If you aren’t an oil worker but still hope to share a set with Wahlberg, don’t despair. The director for Central Casting Louisiana in New Orleans, Adam Hochfeld, noted that they will also need real members of the Coast Guard and merchant marine sailors to fulfill roles and maintain the genuine atmosphere in the movie.
Although filming doesn’t start until May, production will span across the southern part of the state, rather than be confined to one city. Todd Lewis, production manager for “Deepwater Horizon,” believes several hundred extras will be needed in the process of making the blockbuster movie, which could mean the opportunity for extra income during a nationwide slowdown in the oil and gas industry.
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