Open extras casting call for ‘Iron Man 3’ in Wilmington, North Carolina

Iron Man 3 Wilmington Open Extras Casting Call

“Iron Man 3” is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.

Note: This film is using the working title of “Caged Heat.” A working title is the temporary name of a film used during its development. Working titles are used primarily for two reasons; first being that an official title has not yet been decided upon and the working title is being used as a filler for naming purposes. The second being to intentionally disguise the production of a high profile film. In some cases a working title may ultimately be used as the official title. This “title ruse” is now a very common practice by which these high-profile films or television series are given a fake working title to keep its production a secret, and to prevent price gouging by suppliers, casual theft and undesirable attention. The release title of this film is highly likely to be “Iron Man 3.”

Extras casting calls and registration is underway for the Marvel Studios superhero feature film “Iron Man 3”, which will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Shooting will take place in the Wilmington, NC area and other locations in North Carolina from May 21, 2012 through January, 2013. The film’s main stars are being cast out of Los Angeles, however many smaller and day player acting roles are being cast in North Carolina. All of the extras, photo-doubles and stand-ins for the films stars will be cast in North Carolina. An open extras casting call will take place on April 21st, 2012 in Wilmington, NC.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has recently stated that Marvel doesn’t confirm any of their casting until it’s all completely done. And, even at that point, not talking about the characters is something he loves. However the following has been confirmed… two-time Academy Award nominated Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as as Tony Stark, an industrialist and master engineer who builds a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero, Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow will again play Stark’s closest friend, love interest, and business partner Virginia “Pepper” Potts. Don Cheadle returns as Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine – Stark’s personal pilot, chief aviation engineer for Stark International, and one of Stark’s closest friends. Variety is reporting that Sir Ben Kingsley will play a character that is involved in the spread of a virus through nanobots. Guy Pearce is in final talks to join the cast as scientist Aldrich Killian, one of the creators of the Extremis virus, which was an attempt to reconstruct the super soldier serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America. Scarlett Johansson is not returning to “Iron Man 3” as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.

Multi talented actor, screenwriter and film director Shane Black has taken over the directing duties from Jon Favreau, who directed the first two films in the “Iron Man” series. Black also is writing the screenplay for “Iron Man 3”. Black has said not to expect “Iron Man 3” to feature any other heroes from Marvel’s universe saying that after “The Avengers” the plan is to go back to self-contained single-character stories. Shane Black has directed Robert Downey Jr. before – in Black’s last feature film directing job “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” in 2005.

Louis D’Esposito will executive produce for Marvel Studios. Former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, will also executive produce along with Golden Globe Award nominated independent producer Charles Newirth. Avi Arad will produce the film with Kevin Feige. Arad has served as producer or executive producer on every Marvel film since 1998’s Blade. He is former CEO and the founder of Marvel Studios.

North Carolina has become a hotbed of filming major motion pictures as well as smaller independent films, thanks to the state’s generous 25% production credit. Although Marvel reportedly considered shooting “Iron Man 3” at Marvel Studios in California, or in New Mexico – North Carolina’s EUE/Screen Gems Studios sealed the deal. The Studio boasts 10 sound stages and a large local crew base with experience that can handle up to five productions simultaneously. Films recently shot in North Carolina include “The Hunger Games,” “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “The Conjuring” starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, “The Roommate” starring Leighton Meester, and New Line Cinema’s “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”.

Wilmington Open Extras Casting Call Details

The “Iron Man 3” production is looking for about 1,000 extras during filming and about 550 crew jobs (see below for how to submit for crew member work). This is for local Wilmington area residents, however people who live an hour or two away from Wilmington are welcome to attend the open casting call. Often extras carpool to the filming locations with others from the area that you are coming from.

The extras casting director in North Carolina is seeking the following:

All ages and types of any ethnicity are needed, however below are some of the special needs:

• Identical twins, male or female, between the ages of 12-20 years.
• Business professionals, both men and women.
• Business types with luxury vehicles.
• Upscale preppy types.
• Artsy and/or eccentric types,
• People with unusual hair, piercings or facial hair.
• Professor types.
• Computer geeks.
• Males and females of Chinese Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Persian, Latino, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, African American descents.

All open casting call attendees MUST bring a non-returnable recent color snapshot. It does not have to be a professional photo, but you are welcome to bring an 8×10 headshot if you have one. The photo can be a cell phone picture printed off your computer, as long as it accurately represents what you currently look like. No audition or monologue will be required. You will fill out a casting form which will be provided, and attach your photo(s). They will chat with you for a minute or two when you get to the front of the line, and that’s all there is to it. It is advisable to bring a couple of pens or pencils of your own. 


Independence Mall
3500 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Click Here for directions.


Saturday April 21, 2012
10:00am – 1:00pm

The best way to be cast as an extra on Iron Man 3 is to attend the open casting calls. However, if you are located within reasonable driving distance to Wilmington but are unable to attend the open casting call, you can submit via email. Send a current snapshot and all of your information (name, age, height, weight, city and state you reside in, and phone number).

The sooner you submit, the better your chances of getting cast to work on the film.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of North Carolina and in the United States.

The following information and documents may be needed for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in North Carolina and the United States:

• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• North Carolina Child Performer Labor Law Information
• North Carolina Youth Employment Certificate Instructions
• North Carolina Youth Approval To Work Late Hours Form
• North Carolina Minor Intention To Employ Form
• North Carolina Dept. of Labor Rules and Regulations Relative to Employment of Children under 16 Years of Age.
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
• Links for Child Labor Information

In addition to the following North Carolina Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• North Carolina Casting Directors List
• North Carolina Extras Casting Directors List
• North Carolina Talent Agents List
• North Carolina Acting Coaches, Classes, and Schools List
• North Carolina Headshot Photographers List
• Headshot Mass Printing Photo Labs
• Miscellaneous North Carolina Resources
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• General Talent Agent Information
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guide

Principal Actor Casting

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

Los Angeles:

Tamara Hunter
Sarah Halley Finn
588 N. Larchmont Blvd.
1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Extras Casting


Tona B. Dahlquist Casting
P.O. Box 4427
Irmo, SC 29063

Crew Members


Experienced film crew members in North Carolina can send a resume to the crew address.


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.

Marvel Studios
1600 Rosecrans Ave.
Building 7
Suite 110
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Walt Disney Pictures
500 S Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521


Kevin Feige
Louis D’Esposito
Stan Lee
Avi Arad


Shane Black


Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man
Gwyneth Paltrow – Virginia “Pepper” Potts
Don Cheadle – War Machine
Ben Kingsley – Nanobot technology villain.
Guy Pearce – Aldrich Killian


In this third installment of the Marvel Studios film adaptation of “Iron Man,” the storyline is going back to the exploration of the character of Tony Stark and reigning in the cocky attitude of the genius playboy Tony Stark. “Iron Man 3” will be about “getting Tony back into his world.” Iron Man will have to deal with a new nemesis played by Ben Kingsley, who is involved in the spread of a virus through nanobots.


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