‘Star Trek’ Extras Open Casting Call – Looking For ‘Unique Faces’

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.

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

I’m ready for my close-up Mr. Abrams!

Shame im in the UK

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

Hmm…..starfleet academy movie……

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

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

I am so there!

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

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

Lucky me!

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

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

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

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…”

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

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

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!

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.

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

I misspoke myself. :-)

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.

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.

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!

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’.)

I’m signed up!

pity they arent casting auditions in Great Britain!!!


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.

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

“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.

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

Marching experience? This will be a first.

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.

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

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

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.

My head shot…do I get the job?


“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?

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

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

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.

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.


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

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

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.

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!

42. TrekMadeMeWonder – November 6, 2007

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


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

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

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

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!

#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).

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