Casting call for James Franco movie in Winston-Salem called off

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–A casting call for a new James Franco movie has been canceled, and the future of the project is unclear, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

“The plug has been pulled on ‘Garden of Last Days’ so there will be NO auditions on Sunday!” Phil Newsome, one of the owners of Altair Casting and Production Services LLC in Winston-Salem, said in an email message to the Journal on Thursday afternoon. He confirmed that the plug had been pulled on both the film and the auditions, but could provide no other details.

Altair was to hold an open casting call Sunday for the film, which was scheduled to be shot in the Winston-Salem area starting July 10.

Initial news reports on national movie industry sites had the film being shot in the New York City area before the casting call in Winston-Salem was announced. It is not clear whether the film has been canceled outright, is moving locations, is being delayed, or something else.

Franco was scheduled to direct the film and possibly co-star in it as well, with a cast including Emilia Clarke, one of the stars of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

More at: The Winston-Salem Journal