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Historical features, thrillers, and comedies to film in metro Atlanta
Placeholder Image is reporting that the HBO miniseries, “Lewis and Clark,” will film in the metro area in the next few weeks. According to Gina Hartsell, camera ready liaison for the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council, some of the scenes will be shot in Conyers/Rockdale County. Other locations include the Pacific Northwest, Alberta and Missouri.

The six-hour miniseries based on Stephen Ambrose’s book, Undaunted Courage, spotlights the physical and emotional toll taken on the expedition as it journeyed from St. Charles, Mo., to Fort Clatsop at the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. Produced by Tom Hank’s Playton Production, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Edward Norton’s Class 5 production companies, the miniseries, which will air next year, stars Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts as William Clark.

HBO’s “Confirmation” will start production this month in Atlanta, and will film through the summer. Starring Kerry Washington, Susannah Grant, Michael London and Janice Williams, the film is the story of the 1991 Clarence Thomas-Anta Hill Supreme Court hearings. Extras are needed to play Congressmen and women, reporters, college students, professors and police officers.

Playing a dirty cop, Jamie Foxx stars in “Sleepless Night.” Foxx’s character must reclaim a bag of stolen coke to save his kidnapped son from a murderous crime boss. Michelle Monaghan, Gabrielle Union and Dermot Mulroney also star in the remake of the 2011 French film “Nuit Blanche.” Shooting starts in Atlanta June 15.

“Captain America 3: Civil War” will shoot scenes in metro Atlanta, though specific locations have yet to be announced. A casting call has gone out for “upscale” men and women, military men and officers, African-American and Asian men and women, Russian men, college students and alumni and real medical and laboratory personnel. For more information, check out one of the free casting web sites, such as Project Casting, Auditions Free, Georgia Casting Call Hub or Backstage.

“Divergent: Allegiant, Part 1,” is shooting in Atlanta on June 15 and 16. The film is part of a series of futuristic stories, and will feature Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Theo James. It will be directed by Robert Schwentke and is slated to be released on March 18, 2016.

“Keeping Up with the Joneses,” due to be released in April 2016, is currently filming in Atlanta. Written by Michael LeSieur and directed by Greg Mottola, the film stars Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm, late of Mad Men. A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.

“Mena,” starring Tom Cruise, is based on the true story of pilot Barry Seal who, in the 1980s, was a gun runner and drug trafficker, transporting contraband for the CIA. Being filmed in Ball Ground, the most recent casting call, June 11, was for Hispanic-looking men in their 20s to 40s. The release date is set for January 2017.

An open casting call for African-American men, 18 and older, for speaking parts in “Barber Shop 3,” has gone out this week. The sequel stars Cedric the Entertainer, Ice Cube and Nicki Minaj and is expected to open in February 2016.
Ray Kroc, who saw the potential in the McDonald Brother’s San Bernardino, Calif., hamburger stand and turned it into a multi-billion dollar empire, will be the subject of the upcoming film, “The Founder,” being filmed in the metro area. It stars Michael Keaton and is directed by John Lee Hancock. Set in the 1950s, casting directors are looking for extras play couples, security guards and teens who fit the era.

Additional scenes for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two,” was back in Dawsonville beginning June 3, and is expected to last until at least the end of this week.