An urgent casting call has been issued for Indigenous extras to star in the drama/western Netflix series filmed in Southern Alberta, The Abandons.

Indigenous men, women and children are needed, with all ages welcome. The casting call will happen on Thursday, May 30 at the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino from noon to 8 p.m. and is open to Alberta residents only. 

The Abandons is a 10-episode series starring Emmy-award-winning actresses Gillian Anderson and Lena Headey. Filming in the area began this spring. 

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the series' plot revolves around, 'a corrupt force of wealth and power [that] covets the lands of a group of diverse and atypical families and tries to drive them out, they must pursue their Manifest Destiny.'

Anderson, perhaps best known for her role in X-Files as Special Agent Dan Scully and in The Crown and Hannibal, is set to play the character of Constance; the head of a wealthy family after she inherited her husband's mining fortune. 

Five-time nominee Headey, arguably best known for portraying Cersei Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, will star opposite Anderson as another wealthy matriarch who adopts four orphans. The series creator and executive is Kurt Sutter, who was also the producer for the Sons of Anarchy and The Shield. 

The Abandons isn't the only series with big names shooting in the province. According to ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), other series being filmed in our area include Witches X being filmed in Calgary and the surrounding areas, season three of Abracadavers, as well as season 18 of Heartland. Another production, A Dickens of a Christmas recently wrapped up filming in the province.

The Abandons began filming in mid-May and will wrap up in October.

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