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‘Star Trek’ Extras Open Casting Call – Looking For ‘Unique Faces’ November 6, 2007

by Charles Trotter , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

Lately the focus has been reporting on principal casting for the new Star Trek film, but what about the extras? TrekMovie.com has learned that Headquarters Casting, the agency handling extras for the new Star Trek feature, are currently looking to fill the backgrounds under the code name “Corporate Headquarters.” The agency will be holding an open casting call this weekend. They are now trying to find people with the right look to play Vulcans, Cadets as well as those with ‘unique facial features.’ More details below.

Looking for a few good Vulcans (and other interesting looks)
The following description of Star Trek and the types of actors they are seeking can be found on HQC’s website:

Corporate Headquarters
Feature Film: SAG
Info: For the way Cool Sci-Fi Feature Film titled “Corporate Headquarters” we are seeking the following SAG and Non-Union Background Talent:

Currently Seeking:
Thin, regal talent who have BROWN or BLACK hair AND are OK with their eyebrows being shaved from the arch outward to portray a “Vulcan type” eyebrow shape.

In General We Need:
Thin, Athletic, Men and Women, Ages 18-90 – Specific Descriptions of These Types Below:
Especially seeking talent with interesting and unique facial features, such as: long necks, small heads, extremely large heads, wide-set eyes, bug eyes, close-set eyes, large forehead, short upper lip, pronounced cheekbones, over- or undersized ears and/or nose, facial deformities, ultra plain-looking people, ultra perfect-looking people, pure wholesome looks, twins, triplets, emaciated talent, in addition to regally poised and postured talent.

More specifically for Saturday’s open call in Burbank, CA they are looking for a few good cadets:

Seeking the following types, ages 18-70, any ethnicity:

Cadets: young, fresh-faced

Military types: marching experience preferred

Talent with interesting and unique facial features such as: long necks, small heads, extremely large heads, wide-set eyes, bug eyes, close-set eyes, large forehead, short upper lip, pronounced cheekbones, over- or undersized ears and/or nose, facial deformities, ultra plain-looking people, ultra perfect-looking people, pure wholesome looks, twins, triplets, emaciated talent, regally poised and postured talent, or other visually unique characteristics

Everyone must be thin, athletic, fit; wardrobe will be form-fitting. All hair lengths on males and females welcome

For more info on the casting call and instructions: CLICK HERE..

More on HQC
In addition to Star Trek, the Beverly Hills-based agency HQC has cast background players for such films as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Knocked Up, and Georgia Rule. They recently wrapped up extras casting on Charlie Wilson’s War and National Treasure: Book of Secrets. In addition, they continue to cast principal actors for Jimmy Kimmel Live and are currently working on projects such as Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder and the upcoming ABC series Miss/Guided. For more on HQC, visit their website.


1. I AM THX-1138 - November 6, 2007

(jumps into Kirk uni and quickly e-mails producers and casting officials)

I’m ready for my close-up Mr. Abrams!

2. hissy1701 - November 6, 2007

Shame im in the UK

3. Jon - November 6, 2007

For the way Cool Sci-Fi Feature Film titled “Corporate Headquarters”

Hmm…..starfleet academy movie……

4. CmdrR. - November 6, 2007

And in HD, I wouldn’t even be a blur, just a tiny group of pixels on a big, big screen. Cool.

5. JCool - November 6, 2007

I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille

6. JCool - November 6, 2007

I am so there!

7. KennyB - November 6, 2007

If we just knew who the hell Pike was now…………….

8. Jackson Roykirk - November 6, 2007

Hey…That describes me perfectly. I have all of those features!

Lucky me!

9. George Armstrong Custer - November 6, 2007

Extras??? Does that mean no CGI in background shots?

10. Iowagirl - November 6, 2007

Athletic cadets at the age of 70 – well, that might prove interesting…

11. pcumby - November 6, 2007

Well we know now that the Academy will play a major role in the movie

12. Jackson Roykirk - November 6, 2007

Oops! for some reason, the first paragraph of my post didn’t post:

These are the features that describe me:

“Talent with interesting and unique facial features such as: long necks, small heads, extremely large heads, wide-set eyes, bug eyes, close-set eyes, large forehaed, short upper lip, pronounced cheekbones, over- or undersized ears and/or nose, facial deformaties, ultra plain looking…”

13. CmdrR. - November 6, 2007

I’m ready.

Eyes: blue, and kinda bloodshot
Hair: most of it is still there and some of it is the original color
Weight: yes
Body Type: ovoid

14. Silvereyes - November 6, 2007

OK, so now we know. There’s no such thing as a fat Vulcan!

15. GlenGulia - November 6, 2007

With respect to “Corporate Headquarters”…

I would read this more as Star Fleet Command than as Star Fleet Academy. I would think that the code name would be more like “Back to School” or something like that, if it was SFA.

Just my $0.02.

Thanks for reading my first post on this site, for which I much thank Anthony!

16. Luke Montgomery - November 6, 2007

I’m loving this for several reasons…

First, They are getting talent with natural brown and black hair who are “thin and regal” to portray vulcans. this is a HUGE step forward from the last 20 years of anybody who can wear a lame vulcan wig (and who often have blue eyes) playing vulcans. I like that they are tuned in enough to know that vulcans look their best when they look like the Nimoy/Marl Lenard type and can carry that kind of stately, brooding control and percision. Good move.

Secondly, I’ve always been bothered that Trek hasn’t made use of real people who have very different facial features and/or “deformities”. Who is not bored with aliens that look exactly the same as each other in proportion and symetrical look except for a plastic forehead? taking advantage of people with close or far spaced eyes and enhancing it with makeup is the right way to go to get something that feels other-worldly.

Everything I hear about this production tells me that the level of thought that is going into it it far above what we’ve seen through the “cookie-cutter” years of teh past two decades.

This is shaping up to be the BEST TREK EVER.

17. GlenGulia - November 6, 2007

Oh, and I was thanking Anthony for the site, not my post.

I misspoke myself. :-)

18. Captain Pike - November 6, 2007

The fat Vulcans are turned out into the desert with only a loincloth, an small bowl and 1/2 metre of string. There they must survive by their wits. They either come back thin or not at all. It’s the only logical solution.

19. Anthony Pascale - November 6, 2007

always nice to see someone delurk. your welcome for the site….and thank Chuck who ran down this story…well done Chuck.

I agree with 16 that it will be nice to see more ‘strange’ looking people. The ‘foreheads of the week’ really get old….with the actors underneath the foreheads all pretty much looking the same.

20. Dr. Image - November 6, 2007

They’re probably going to slap make-up on all those people with “interesting features.”
Damn. If I was out west, I’d pull a Chaney (Lon) and do my OWN make-up and show up!

21. GlenGulia - November 6, 2007

Well, since I’ve de-lurked (or de-cloaked, as the case may be)…

While the casting call mentions Vulcan-type ears, I can’t help but think that they may actually be for Romulans, perhaps crew members of “Nero’s” ship?

I, too, applaud the diversity mentioned in the casting call. I’d really like to see them do something innovative with enhancement, perhaps with CGI? Could be interesting.

Although. I have to believe that some folks in the future will be a little thicker ’round the midsection. (Just sayin’.)

22. Trekker670 - November 6, 2007

I’m signed up!

23. Classic trek - November 6, 2007

pity they arent casting auditions in Great Britain!!!


24. Anthony Pascale - November 6, 2007

they held plenty of auditions in London…probably still are. If you want to get one, just get an agent. As for extras….movies never look outside the local area.

25. Al - November 6, 2007

I fear this tells us that the AICN story of a while back (timeline altered, Vulcan destroyed) might be true.

26. Scott - November 6, 2007

“thin, athletic” … sounds like the typical Trek fan needn’t show up. Darn.

KIDDING, FOLKS! I’m a kidder.

I do agree with you wholeheartedly, Luke Montgomery (#16). They really do seem to be getting this right. In fairness, casting weird looking people for a weekly TV show would get difficult. But I’m glad they’re making an extra effort to give this movie an otherworldly look.

Scott B. out.

27. jonboc - November 6, 2007

Nice. People with interesting faces to watch, not just Ken and Barbies running about.

28. Plum - November 6, 2007

Marching experience? This will be a first.

29. Pragmaticus - November 6, 2007

I’d make an excellent Vulcan, in all honesty. I kinda look like Quinto. Only problem is I’m on the East Coast at college. Can’t exactly fly out to Burbank.

30. Classic trek - November 6, 2007

CRIKEY!! thanks #24
i didnt know that. i do have a leonard nimoy nose if thats any help!!
greg UK

31. Craig - November 6, 2007

Anthony will TrekMovie.com be invited on a set tour soon?

32. JBS (hailing frequencies open from Issaquah, Washington) - November 6, 2007

Damn, Damn, Damn! I lived in So Cal until last year, now I’m freezing my but off (yeah, I wish it would freeze off!) in Washington. I would have done anything just to be an extra and be on the set – diet, exercise, dye my hair, plastic surgery – you name it.

33. Rich - November 6, 2007

My head shot…do I get the job?


34. Cranston - November 6, 2007

“emaciated talent.”

For some reason this makes me laugh every time I look at it.

And #21 GlenGulia — I also thought that their choice of wording — “Vulcan-type” rather than just “Vulcan” might be hinting at Romulans in addition to Vulcans.

And if so, then seeking someone who wouldn’t mind getting their eyebrows shaved for “Vulcan-type” (or Romulan) eyebrows might suggest that they’re going back to the Romulans = Vulcans look of TOS, rather than the awful Romulans-with-big-ridgy-foreheads look of TNG.

I can hope, can’t I?

35. Kigs - November 6, 2007

Damb- That sux for me! I’m on the east coast. Anthony, any info about ppl in NY for parts?

36. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - November 6, 2007

Anything in Chicago – Your Lord is gorgeous and athletic and a former competitive bodybuiler!!!

37. Thomas - November 6, 2007

If I were J.J. Abrams, I don’t think I would hire anyone who came off too strongly as a die-hard Trek fan; I would want to save myself the grief of having to fire them after the first day when they get caught trying to sneak pictures and/or props from the set.

38. Kigs - November 6, 2007

Ahh- just had a thought… Maybe that is why Shatner is not in the movie. The uniform is to form fitting! Hey it was just a a thought… Besides, I wouldn’t want to be in a form fitting costume either, nor could I- so there. But, like I said- just a thought.

39. DJT - November 6, 2007


40. fat man - November 6, 2007

I am fat and have a lot of stretch marks..does that count?

41. Chris - November 6, 2007

You think gay guys have their foot in the door? A shoe in huh?

42. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 6, 2007

Hey, what did everyone think of the ‘Lost in Space’ movie costumes?

Personally I envision some dramatic changes in the way clothing is designed and worn. I forsee digital microfabrics with bio-defensive mechanisms, stealth properties, and of course, the ez-clean uniform ( I believe the latter was mentioned in one of the (non-cannon) Star Trek books.

I would not mind seeing a real 23rd century uniform. Think of the way they depicted Supernan or Spiderman’s latest costumes. The textures and fabrics they used must have had some consideration. I think we all thought Parker could’nt come up with his Spidey uniform on his own. Supes’ material looked great too (minus the small ‘S’.) Doesn’t have to be form fitting.

I think we would/should all be facinated for many hours seeing a uniform from the 23rd century for the first time. This could be a suble change from the original uniform, but a change that would add a bit more more depth to the movie.

I think they tried to do this in TOS. Remember when Kirk fought Finnagin in Shoreleave? What was his uniform made of? Even some of McCoy’s shirts had a certain spacey flair to the fabric and design. I think it would be cool. Anyone know who is doing the costuming?

Just don’t use the self monitoring belt buckles from ST TMP.

43. Redshirt - November 6, 2007

ATTN: Charles and Anthony:

I want to thank you for the info you keep posting here! I have found you to be the best source of news on the upcoming film… even if the OFFICIAL site says otherwise:

[the following is from the startrek-dot-com newsletter]

“There has been a flurry of signings for the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” movie set for release on Christmas Day 2008. We’ve had the new Kirk signed (Chris Pine), the villain (Eric Bana), Sulu (John Cho), Scotty (Simon Pegg), McCoy (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoë Saldana) with more to come! STARTREK.COM is your ONLY reliable source for all casting information on this hotly anticipated movie. Stay tuned for more Movie News!”

I’m sorry, but with all due respect to the startrekdotcom people, TREK MOVIE has been at least one step ahead as far as info goes for the last few months. I look at both sites almost daily and i love both, but it’s just wrong to say that they are the ONLY RELIABLE SOURCE.

Keep up the good work!

44. Xai - November 6, 2007

42. TrekMadeMeWonder – November 6, 2007

I think the space age miracle fabric you are referring to is velour, LOL.

45. Xai - November 6, 2007


I think I found a way for the Shat to still get in this movie after reading the headline.

46. Dierna - November 6, 2007

So basically any circus freak or mutant can apply for this film???

The bug eyed thing…they should hire on the actor who played Gowron then… :P

47. steve623 - November 6, 2007

I’m looking forward to thin, athletic, fit Tellarites!

48. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 6, 2007

Xai, well at least they tried.

They tried to push that idea forward in ST TMP too.
Sure some of the styles and colors they used were too muted for some of our tastes, but at least they tried something in an area of design that could have been easily overlooked. I was not much of a fan of the turlteneck/jacket idea seen in the later movies.

In fact, I still prefer ST TMP over all the other movies basically because they took the time to FULLY envision a futuristic look. It must have been a pain for all to have the shoes sewn into the uniform, but it kinda made sense as they depicted clothing to being beamed on (Ilias’ shower seen).

The ST TMP Director’s cut was awesome too! Kudos Mr. Wise!

49. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - November 6, 2007

#43 Redshirt

Thanks for the kind words! :) And I agree about startrek.com. The only casting news they broke was Eric Bana playing the villain. Most of the others (Quinto, Cho, Saldana) were reported here first. News that Urban was being sought after was announced by IESB, but it was trekmovie that revealed he was up for McCoy (correcting previous reports that he was to play the villain). We also had the news regarding Pine and Pegg, but Hollywood Reporter and Variety (respectively) beat us to the punch on those and we had to cite them. So, yeah, I would definitely say trekmovie.com is more reliable, if not the MOST reliable (which it is at that).

50. Anthony Pascale - November 6, 2007

I appreciate the kind words, but running the offiical site at startrek.com has a number of restrictions due to the corporate structure. I have a good relationship with all those guys and that site has a lot of good merits. I created this site to do the things that site could not. It is like starwars.com and theforce.net. there is room enough for all of us

51. Danya Romulus - November 6, 2007

I’ve been watching a lot of “Dexter” on DVD lately (great show, btw) and I saw this guy, he has a pretty important role in the first season:


And I immediately thought, this guy could totally be SAREK. Agree?

52. Redshirt - November 6, 2007

Anthony…as I said in #43, I give the startrekdotcom guys all respect. I visit the “official” site almost daily, and I subscribe to the newsletter, and I agree with you that they do a good job.

I just feel that they are NOT the ONLY source and should give props to you guys for the fantastic work you do! When I read the email newsletter sent out today, I just felt that they were being rude. I agree that there is room for “official” AND “fan” sites. and I value both!

So keep up the good work, keep getting the scoops, and THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!

-Redshirt [aka David]

53. j - November 6, 2007

hmm, i’m ultra-perfect looking…

54. Chris Pike - November 7, 2007

“Everyone must be thin, athletic, fit; wardrobe will be form-fitting. All hair lengths on males and females welcome”

Ahhh that explains why His Shatness is out…!

55. doubleofive - November 7, 2007

Yesterday I called for an open casting, and now there is. Coincidence?

Tomorrow there will be pictures from today’s shoot!


56. doubleofive - November 7, 2007

But seriously, I have a huge forehead (going bald at 24 will do that to you). I wish I didn’t live in Indiana, where no one will come for extras.

57. Trekker670 - November 7, 2007

I have a couple question:

1) The ages 18-70, are those rules, where YOU MUST be within this age range, or if you looked older/younger would they still consider you for a “part”

2) I’m from Michigan, but I really wouldnt hesitate for a background role in the movie. Would there be a really small part where I could be there for maybe a week and not have to return? (the information sheet says you should be available for several months)

Thanks for the help!

58. Minnesota Bruin - November 7, 2007

Unfortunately, I doubt that I’m “fit and athletic” enough to be cast as an extra. However, I’ve “almost” convinced my wife to try out. She already looks like a Vulcan/Romulan, is a physicist, a marathoner, and a vegetarian! I’m curious if there will be a line…

59. Thomas Jensen - November 7, 2007

Shades of deja vu. In 1979 I was in college and my trek club put out the word of the casting for the rec deck scene for ST:TMP. Well… I had a track meet during that time and couldn’t make it as I didn’t want to let down my team.

And now I’m a working guy and can’t leave northern ca for the trip south. Besides, if in the small chance I did get cast, I surely couldn’t take the time away from work.


60. COMPASSIONATE GOD - November 7, 2007

Re: 16. Luke Montgomery – November 6, 2007
“I’m loving this for several reasons…

Secondly, I’ve always been bothered that Trek hasn’t made use of real people who have very different facial features and/or “deformities”. Who is not bored with aliens that look exactly the same as each other in proportion and symetrical look except for a plastic forehead? taking advantage of people with close or far spaced eyes and enhancing it with makeup is the right way to go to get something that feels other-worldly.

While I understand your point, at the same time, the entertainment BUSINESS is exactly that–and there are certain leanings of appearance which the public–right or wrong–continue to accept and desire, so i’m wondering if the casting will inspire undesireable reactions–say, for example, the dwarf performer “Beetlejuice” (with his known facial problems) landed a part. Pesonally, i’d have no issue with that, but we live in a remarkably vain and cruel society–a society worshipping people like Spears and Hilton.

In “Plato’s Stepchildren.,” Kirk tells Alexander “Where I come from, size shape or color makes no difference.”

…and though Kirk’s line was one of THE manifestos/hallmarks of TOS, we do not live in a world like the one Kirk knows. I wonder if this has the potential to backfire on J.J. and Company.

61. Heywood Jablomee - November 7, 2007

So, where’s the casting call for Mugatu…?

62. Harry Ballz - November 7, 2007

Well, I never really had an interest in being in the movie, but when they put out a casting call for “ultra perfect -looking people”…………hey, when fate calls, you gotta take it!!

It’s HELL being me!!

63. GNDN - November 7, 2007

I wonder what Eddie Paskey is doing these days. He might be free…


64. startrek-movie.co.uk - March 9, 2008

It sounds like a roll call for Vulcans, but I bet its actually more of a roll call for Romulans! They just didnt want to give the plot away.

Also with all those various looks, perfections and imperfections being mentioned it sounds like either Starship crews are going to be alot more diverse AND/OR the will be shots in which many different species will have to appear at the same time. So I’m thinking Starfleet Academy, Federation Council, Prison or Starbases.

65. JB - March 16, 2008

They are filming at Cal State Northridge right now and it looks like either Star Fleet Academy of Command

66. rick - July 28, 2008

hi my name is rick i am looking for work

67. Kyle Rybski - August 10, 2008

Damn, I’m kind of upset that I missed this little opportunity. I am a 5’6″, 100 lbs, extremely pale, blue-eyed, large-headed, long-nosed 21 year old man with hip-length dark brown hair, rigid posture, thin lips, high-and-even forehead, and ridiculously long fingers.

It would have been fun.

68. David Garrett - March 6, 2009

I am not an actor, but I would be willing to do anything to be in a movie. A lot of people have become actors by accident and without training. I know I can be one of them. If given the chance, I could be the next big star. You just don’t know it yet. If it helps, I am a HUGE “Star Trek” fan.

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