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September 2, 2013

HBO comes to North Shore

Casting director is still seeking extras for miniseries

ROCKPORT — The site of the defunct Cape Ann Tool Company on Granite Street is the location for a new Home Box Office miniseries, “Olive Kitteridge.”

Crews began setting up last week and are expected to be filming along the North Shore starting this week.

An open casting call in Gloucester weeks ago drew some 250 people. Casting director Billy Dowd, who is handling local non-union extras and bit part players, says anyone who couldn’t make it and is still interested may email him at Billydowdcasting@gmail.com.

Applicants should include their name, contact information, a recent photo (face), age, height, weight, hair color, and any past acting experience. The production may also need people with cars.

Dowd said applicants will be contacted as production needs arise, any time between tomorrow, when shooting is expected to start, and late November, when production is expected to wrap up.

The miniseries will follow Frances McDormand (of “Fargo” Oscar fame) as the title character, Olive Kitteridge.

The HBO series, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 novel by Elizabeth Strout, is being co-produced by McDormand, Tom Hanks, and Hanks’ Playtone partner, Gary Goetzman.

In July, a representative of the cable television network also contacted the Beverly Chamber of Commerce, saying a crew of about 100 would be filming in the Beverly area starting this month.

Mike Rauseo, the property owner and developer who hopes to turn the Cape Ann Tool Company site into a mixed-use residential and business lot, said he does not know much about the movie project other than that the property is rented for about three weeks.

He said he has not read the book himself, but “some of the people who work for me said the book is pretty good.”

Work on the site, which has remained vacant since the 1980s, will start up whenever filming is finished, he said.

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