Hundreds of Missoulians went to the Holiday Inn on Saturday with the hopes of being chosen as an extra for a new TV series called “Yellowstone.”
The show, starring Kevin Costner, follows “the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first national park,” according to a news release.
The series is written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, whose movie “Hell or High Water” was nominated for an Oscar. He also wrote and directed “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which stars Casey Affleck.
The casting call asked for both male and female background extras 14 years old and older, of all ethnic backgrounds. By noon, more than 300 people had come to fill out paperwork, have their photo taken, and drop off a resume. No acting experience was required.
Extras casting director for Montana RJ Burns said the producers need about 350 extras for the scenes that will be shot in Montana. The choice comes down to people’s faces and their height, he said. They’re looking for people with average height and who look like “run-of-the-mill Montanans.”
Burns doesn’t select the extras, but he does make recommendations for the producers. Non-descriptive extras will be paid $101.50 per day, and featured extras will be paid $150 per day. Most of the series will be shot in Utah, but the first 10 days will take place at a ranch in Darby, Burns said.
People flocked to Ballroom D in the Holiday Inn to fill out paperwork, measure themselves, and pose for a photo that will be sent to the producers. Marissa Toussaint decided to come because, “I’ve always wanted to be a star,” she joked.
Lacey Van Grinsven came with her whole family, and even convinced her mom to throw her hat in the ring. She and her family were in a couple of commercials a few years ago, she said, and they thought it’d be fun to see how a movie is made and see Costner, whose acting they admire.
“We thought it’d be fun and interesting and kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing to be in a TV show even if we’re only in the background for 30 seconds,” she said.
On Sunday, another casting call will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton.