Friday, March 24, 2006
Contact: Julie Roberts, ReelSports,

Football players needed for 'We Are Marshall' movie; open casting call set for Tuesday, March 28 in Atlanta

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Football players are being sought for the movie "We Are Marshall," which will be filmed in Huntington and Atlanta beginning in early April.

An open casting call for football players is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 at the Hilton Airport Atlanta, 1031 Virginia Ave., Atlanta, Ga. 30354. Interviews will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Players must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and have extensive football experience.  Players should NOT be seeking NCAA eligibility through a college program.  Selected player positions are paid positions.

Since the movie is set in 1970 and 1971, players interested in being in the film are asked to let their hair grow. The movie is based on the true story of the Marshall plane crash in 1970, and the recovery of the program and the community that followed. Among the film's stars are Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox and David Strathairn, and it will be directed by McG.

Sports coordination of "We Are Marshall" is by Mark Ellis, president of ReelSports Inc. Ellis has been the second unit director and/or action coordinator for more than two dozen major sports action films, including: "The Longest Yard," "Miracle," "Coach Carter," "The Rookie," and "Any Given Sunday." Ellis will be conducting the player casting call.

Anyone chosen to try out must be available for tryouts on Wednesday, March 29. For more details, persons may call the Player Information Hotline at (770) 323-0083.