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August 7, 2013

HBO, 'Kitteridge' bound for Gloucester

If you’d like a bit part in the upcoming HBO mini-series “Olive Kitteridge,” you’ll have your chance this Saturday.

Home Box Office has issued a casting call for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gloucester City Hall’s Kyrouz Auditorium for the series, which will star Frances McDormand in the title role.

HBO will be shooting the series on Cape Ann and around the North Shore from September to November.

While an HBO representative declined to comment Tuesday, producers are advertising with an eye toward keeping a New England feel to the piece, and are looking for extras and background actors.

Specifically, they are looking for people to play roles as Gloucester fishermen and dockworkers. Organizers are also looking for people who fit the bill of a small town New England seacoast character, age 25 or older.

The miniseries is based on a novel told in a series of short stories of the same name by Elizabeth Strout. Released in 2008, the Pulitzer Prize winning book covers the life of Olive Kitteridge and the people in a small town on the coast of Maine.

Director Lisa Cholodenko will direct the miniseries; while McDormand is set to play Olive, Richard Jenkins will play her husband Henry.

Those applying for roles locally are encouraged to bring a recent, non-returnable photo and a photo ID. Participants will be paid, organizers said.

The project is the latest in a long line of films and other video projects to be shot around Gloucester and Cape Ann. Others have included “The Proposal,” which brought Sandra Bullock to Rockport, Gloucester and Manchester in 2008, Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups,” which was largely filmed in 2009 at Essex’s Centennial Grove, “The Crucible” in 1995, and, of course, “The Perfect Storm,” filmed here in 2000.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.

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