Casting call for major television mini-series ‘Roots’

History Channel is gearing up to begin shooting the remake of the original mini-series “Roots”, and the production is seeking African American babies for principal actor contract roles. Also needed are extras of all types and ages, any ethnicity. Crew members can submit resumes to the production office email address. Shooting will take place in New Orleans from August 17, 2015 through December 20, 2015 with additional shooting taking place in South Africa. “Roots” will be simulcast on A&E, History and Lifetime in 2016.

Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne will play Alex Haley, the author of the novel “Roots: The Saga Of An American Family”, an American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte. The new version is described as an original, contemporary production, incorporating more material from Haley’s novel, as well as carefully researched new scholarship of the time. Roots is described as a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity. Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte who is captured in his homeland in The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America where he’s sold into slavery. Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history – including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation.

Seven-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Mark Wolper will executive produce along with two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Lawrence Konner, Hugo Awards nominee Mark Rosenthal, and Mark Toberoff. Two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee LeVar Burton and Korin Huggins will co-executive produce. Arturo Interian and Michael Stiller will oversee production for History Channel.

“Roots” Casting Call Details

All actors, extras, and crew members must and be legally eligible to work in the state of Louisiana and in the United States. The 2015 Louisiana Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Louisiana and the United States:

• Louisiana Child Performer Law Information Sheet
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• Louisiana Employment of Minors Informational Booklet
• Louisiana Film, TV, and Commercials Minor Labor Law Summary

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The History Channel mini-series “Roots” is currently seeking African American babies to play Baby Tom. Sets of multiples preferred but all babies welcome. Should be 6 months of age or younger.

Filming Date: August 27th and 28th.
Fitting Date: TBA
Location: New Orleans or surrounding area

Subject: BABY TOM
Include: Name/names and Guardian’s name, Contact #, Birthdate, length/weight, and Current, Clear photos. Please do not send photos of babies with HATS or BOWS on!!!

“Roots” also needs men, women, and children of all types and ethnicities to work as fully paid background extras and possible featured roles. No experience is necessary. Shooting will take place in New Orleans, LA and surrounding areas from mid-August, 2015 through December, 2015. Not everyone will be contacted right away, as the casting process will be ongoing throughout production. Do NOT call the casting office. Follow the submission instructions below carefully.

To be considered for extra work, featured background, and stand-ins, please submit two recent color photos, one 1/2 length, and one from the chest up, no sunglasses or hats, and only you in the photo, standing in front of a light-solid-color-wall, and wear your hair down and natural. Include full name, location where you live (city and state), contact phone number, age, height, weight, all wardrobe sizes including shoe and hat. Also state whether or not you have reliable transportation. List any musical instruments that you play. Also feel free to include any previous experience as a stand-in. Adult extras will be asked to stop grooming. Please inform us in submission if you cannot commit. If you do not currently have grown out hair, please re-submit in time once your hair is grown out. Fittings will likely take place throughout the run of the shoot and not everyone will be cast immediately.

MEN: GROW HAIR ON HEAD and FACE Continuously: No modern haircuts such as Fades, military cuts, unnatural hair colors. Please note if you are NOT OKAY with receiving a haircut.

WOMEN: We will be casting females with NATURAL HAIR given the time period. We will not be hiring anyone with modern hairstyles/or colors. No highlights/or roots accepted. We do not currently know the length requirements. Please note if you are NOT OKAY with receiving a haircut.

EVERYONE: If you have visible piercings, braces, gold teeth or tattoos: Please make note when submitting if you have any of these. No well kempt nails on hands/no polish and no makeup.

Email all of the above to the following:


Principal Actor Casting for Starring, Supporting, and Day-Player Speaking Roles Only

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Andrew Hadzopoulos
Vickie Thomas Casting
9021 Melrose Avenue
Suite 200B
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Brent Caballero Casting
800 Richard Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


Starring and supporting roles are mainly being cast through talent agents. You can find comprehensive listings and submission addresses for talent agents in all areas here. However, if you are not signed with an agent and wish to self-submit, I highly recommend that your 8×10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. IF the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


“Project Name”
“Role of _______”

Crew Members

Experienced television crew members and production staff can submit resumes to the following:


Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Roots Productions, LLC
1231 Prytania Street
Fourth Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130

The Wolper Organization
4000 Warner Blvd.
Building 28, Suite 2300
Burbank, CA 91522

Toberoff & Associates, P.C.
2049 Century Park East
Suite 2720
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Underground Entertainment
447 South Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

History Channel
235 E. 45th Street
New York, NY 10017

Executive Producers:

Mark Wolper
Mark Toberoff
Will Packer

Line Producer:

George Parra

Production Manager:

Alissa Kantrow


Lawrence Konner
Mark Rosenthal
Alex Haley (Novel)


Thomas Carter
Phillip Noyce
John Singleton
Dee Rees


Laurence Fishburne – Alex Haley


A remake of the Alex Haley book and mini-series.

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