By James Niedzinski
---- — Cape Ann is no stranger to the limelight, communities have been featured as shooting locations in movies before, this time residents will have their shot as Home Box Office is opening a casting call in Gloucester.
The HBO mini-series, “Olive Kitteridge” will be shooting in Cape Ann and the North Shore from September to November; but an HBO representative declined to comment for this story.
The miniseries is based on a short story collection of the same name by Elizabeth Strout. Released in 2008, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book covers the lives of people in a small town on the coast of Maine.
Producers of the series are looking to keep that New England feel in their film and are looking for extras and background actors.
Specifically, they are looking for something that is nearly endangered in Gloucester — fishermen and dockworkers. Organizers are also looking for people who fit the bill of a small town New England seacoast character, 25-years-old or older.
The casting call will be held this Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kyrouz Auditorium at Gloucester City Hall.
Those applying are encouraged to bring a recent, non-returnable photo and a photo ID; participants will be paid.
Other notable films shot around Cape Ann include “The Perfect Storm,” “Grown Ups” and “The Crucible.”
A commercial was more recently shot at a Gloucester Beach, while other film crews have expressed interest in shooting at the Rhumb Line.
“Olive Kitteridge” tells the story of the residents of small town in Maine and the problems they deal with — from violent crime to more relatable problems — and the changes facing the the titular character.
Director Lisa Cholodenko has been tapped to direct the miniseries. Frances McDormand is set to play Olive Kitteridge and Richard Jenkins is attached to play her husband Henry.