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Casting Search Underway For SACAGAWEA and NATIVE SPEAKERS for HBO Mini-series


Casting Director Rene Haynes (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Twilight Saga: New Moon & Eclipse, Skins, Into the West) and her team, who specialize in Native American and First Nations casting – will be traveling to locations throughout the Northwest this October and early November to conduct exploratory casting searches for the young Native Female lead in the HBO Six-Hour Miniseries, LEWIS AND CLARK, the story of America’s first contact with the land and Native tribes of the country west of the Mississippi River.

In addition to seeking Native Women (age 17 to early 20’s, who appear younger) for the lead female role of SACAGAWEA, Haynes will also be seeking Native American individuals of all ages who are familiar with the following languages, Shoshone, Nez Perce, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Blackfeet, Chinook, Clatsop, Walla Walla, Sioux and Shawnee via an online OPEN CALL. Haynes explains, “These are the languages of some of the peoples whom Lewis and Clark encountered on their journey and who were important to the expedition’s success. We will make every effort to find as many authentic speakers as we can to be respectful to everyone’s contribution to this important story.”

Native Men who are lean, fit and skilled horseback riders are also encouraged to apply.

For more information on the CASTING CALL SCHEDULE or to learn how you can submit a taped interview if you are not able to attend one of the Casting Calls – please visit:

HBO and National Geographic Entertainment present a Playtone production in association with Plan B and Class 5. Casey Affleck is attached to star as Meriwether Lewis. John Curran is slated to direct. LEWIS AND CLARK is based on the book Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose.

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