Another Casting Call For ‘Gilded Age’

The call is going out for extras for filming of the second season of HBO’s The Gilded Age. They are also in need of one tennis player. Filming in Newport runs from May 4 to May 20. Fittings start this month. From the casting company:

Everyone must be ok working around smoke and attend a costume fitting and covid testing prior to filming. Natural hair colors only. Women will be fit in corsets. Women: Shoulder hair length or longer. Men: No buzz cuts.

The tennis player is a little more specific. The Newport Daily News reports the need for

. . . a “highly skilled tennis player” to play an 1880s tennis champion for scenes to be filmed between May 9-13 in Newport. Those who are interested should email and write “Newport Tennis” in the subject line.

Seen here, the character Larry Russell flirts with Marian outside the New York offices of McKim, Mead, & White*. Larry is getting interested in architecture and has been touting this exciting new designer Stanford White which could take the show into some interesting territory given modern sensibilities. White liked young girls and paid for it with his life. From a prior post on the topic:

The R.I. State House on Smith Street was designed by the talented but skeevy architect Stanford White. I don’t mean to tell Julian Fellowes his business, but I am assuming that any story of New York City during the Gilded Age will include the murder of Stanford White in the original Madison Square Garden, a building he also designed. This event, witnessed by hundreds, inspired the novel Ragtime and the 1955 film “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.”

Talk about cinematic. I’d love to see a recreation of the old Madison Square Garden, come on Julian, you’re playing with HBO money now.

*McKim, Mead & White designed the Rhode Island State House which is starting to show its age.


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