Extras sought for Matt Damon 'anti-fracking blockbuster'
'Promised Land' stars Damon in a story he co-wrote about a businessman who 'experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town.'
Mon, Apr 09, 2012 at 10:33 AM
FRACKING: Hydraulic fracturing is a controversial process in which high-pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals are used to blast through rock to release oil and gas trapped inside. (Photo: Jason Merritt/AFP)
Actor Matt Damon is hunting for some "great character faces" for a feature film he is making with director Gus Van Sant said to be critical about fracking for natural gas.
In a notice seen on April 6 on the website of the Pittsburgh Film Office in Philadelphia, the casting team of "Promised Land" announced an open audition for paid extras on April 7 at a local convention center.
"We are especially searching for great character faces, farmer looks, senior citizens, baseball players, upscale men and women with formal wear, teens and kids," it said.
"Promised Land" stars Damon — who Van Sant directed in "Good Will Hunting" — in a story Damon co-wrote about a businessman who "experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town," according to the Internet Movie Database website.
Filming gets under way on April 23, according to a Facebook page set up by the casting team in Pennsylvania, one of the Eastern U.S. states where fracking for gas is under way.
Earlier this week, in the home stretch of a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, the makers of pro-fracking film "Frack Nation" said that "Promised Land" would be "an anti-fracking Hollywood blockbuster."
Spokesmen for Damon and his project could not be reached for comment.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial process in which high-pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals are used to blast through rock to release oil and gas trapped inside.
Pennsylvania filmmaker Josh Fox raised concerns about fracking's disputed impact on the environment, particularly underground sources of water, in his Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary "Gasland."
Copyright 2012 AFP Global Edition
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