Second Chicago Casting Call on Nov. 16, 17, 20 For ‘Contagion’ With Matt Damon From Steven Soderbergh

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CHICAGO – As “Contagion” continues to film in Chicago from director Steven Soderbergh with stars Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne, we have learned that a second open casting call is needed two months after the first from Rich King Casting. “Contagion” is filming in Chicago, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Steven Soderbergh for Contagion
Steven Soderbergh for “Contagion”.
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Contagion logo“Contagion” also stars Bryan Cranston, John Hawkes, Demetri Martin, Elliott Gould, Jennifer Ehle, Sanaa Lathan, Josie Ho and Chin Han. The film is written by Scott Z. Burns and produced by Gregory Jacobs, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh. Casting is by Carmen Cuba.

The first “Contagion” casting call in Chicago took place on Sept. 25 and 26, 2010. has confirmed a second Chicago casting call with Rich King Casting out of Los Angeles. See the flyer below for full details on the second Chicago casting call.

Gwyneth Paltrow stars as Beth Emhoff: a business woman back from a trip to Asia who’s struck down by a mysterious ailment. Matt Damon is Thomas Emhoff: Beth’s husband who’s forced to care for his wife (and soon his step-son) as her condition worsens. Jude Law is Alan Krumwiede: a blogger with an unfortunate interest in conspiracy theories.

Laurence Fishburne is Dr. Ellis Cheever: the head of the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Kate Winslet is Dr. Erin Mears (who works for the CDC). And Marion Cotillard is Dr. Leonora Orantes: a European doctor who’s working for the World Health Organization (WHO). editor-in-chief and publisher Adam Fendelman


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Pay, food and ?

I spent the day (8 hours) with this group as an extra. I, and about 25 others, were never used. Allright I understand that they overbook extras in case many do not show up, but come on! The bathroom ran out of supplies and no one seemed to have the authority to remedy that. We spent hours with no water or coffee. There was a general gruffness about everyone who worked with us. A prefunctury thank you after they sent the majority of us home. You would think that after a 2 hours they would know that most of us wouldn’t be needed. Instead we were forced to hang around for 8, including people that were already in a scene in the wee hours of the morning. The food was very good, and the pay ($66) was probably appreciated by the many unemployed people that showed up that day. And no one from King Casting stayed with us to answer questions, etc. Overall a very disappointing experience and not worth the day off of work.'s picture

Day? Location?

I’ve been there. I understand. Conditions should never be like that on set for extras or crew, but sometimes that does happen. Which day did you work and which location? I’ve worked on this set for a few days, too. I’ve probably seen or met you. :-)

I’ve noticed that they take a particularly long time to set their scenes for this film. And I know they’d rather pay for having extra extras around all day in case they need them than send them home and come up short later.

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