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(Neb)-Casting Call For Extras In Coen Brothers Mini-series Tuesday

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/01/2017 03:11 PM
SCOTTSBLUFF - The famed Coen Brothers are preparing to film portions of a tv mini-series western in southern Sioux County and are holding an open casting call for extras tonight from 5-9:00 at the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff.

      The creators of award-winning films that include Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and No Country For Old Men are looking for about 50 "ordinary"-looking Nebraskans to appear as extras on a wagon train in the 6-episode The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

      Those interested in being extras need no acting experience or photographs because head shots will be taken before they meet with the casting directors..

      Midwest Theater executive director Billy Estes says he was swamped with phone calls and Facebook questions once word of the casting call got out a little over 2 weeks ago, some from as far away as Montana.

     Estes says the Coens decided to film in the wide-open ranch country north of Mitchell for authenticity because the Oregon Trail passed only a few miles away and the area still resembles the prairie of those days.

    The initial shooting on "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" began last month in northern New Mexico with more than 180 crew members.16 actors, and hundreds of background talent. Shooting in Sioux County with a closed set is planned to throughout September.

      Written, directed and produced by the Coen brothers, the series consists of six separate stories. The first is about a singing cowboy, played by Tim Blake Nelson, who starred as one of the dim-witted convicts in Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Other stars include Tyne Daly and James Franco

      The other stories involved a drifter and his unsuccessful attempts at bank robbery and cattle rustling, a gold prospector, a woman traveling the Oregon Trail, and five stagecoach passengers headed for a mysterious destination.


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