By Wayne Harada
Want a role as an extra on “Off the Map,” the ABC drama that will feature Hawaii locales acting as the Amazon and South America? You have two chances.
Laurie Foi will oversee a pair of open casting calls for extras open to all — seniors, youths, children, male and female — to play various background roles, so folks who suit the Amazon region are especially needed. Spanish and Portuguese-speaking performers are desired, but experience is not required.
The first call will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the 100th Infantry Battalion Memorial Bldg., at 520 Kamoku St. Parking will be at Iolani School.
The second will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy. in Kahuku.
Applicants must have a Social Security number and a work visa.
“Off the Map” begins filming Aug. 30, featuring Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter” and Martin Henderson. A six-episode order is committed.
The show is produced by Shonda Rhimes and the creative team behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice;” it is a medical show about a doctors-without-borders family set against exotic South America.
The production is a mid-season venture that extends ABC’s TV presence in Hawaii. “Lost” was entirely filmed in Hawaii, with the state playing a mythical island, on which survivors of an airline crash played out their past and their present fate over six seasons. Thus, ABC still has dibs on the Hawaii Film Studio near Diamond Head, where “Off the Map” will be anchored.
In other “Off the Map” news, Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria in the first two “Twight” flicks) will join the cast of “Off the Map” as a free-spirited missionary. But Enrique Murciano (“Without a Trace”) is out, according to Entertainment Weekly, and won’t be replaced.