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Virtual casting call for ‘Major Feature Film Gray Horse’ is underway

Photo caption: A virtual open call for extras for an upcoming major motion picture titled Gray Horse was announced on the Oklahoma Film and Music office website on Dec. 21, 2020. Osage News Screenshot

A virtual open call for extras for the upcoming major motion picture Gray Horse was announced on the Oklahoma Film and Music office website on Dec. 21. The open call will be held by Norman-based Freihofer Casting.

According to sources with the film, Gray Horse is the same production as Killers of the Flower Moon. The name of the film has not yet been officially determined or announced. When the public sees the film title Gray Horse, it is still the same film being directed by Martin Scorsese, based on David Grann’s bestselling, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.”

The virtual casting call is for all ethnicities over the age of 18. Last year, under the name KFM, the production hosted an in-person open call for members of the Osage community only. If Osages did not have the opportunity to attend last year’s open call, they can submit their information virtually. The new open casting call extends the casting to more communities around Oklahoma. 

“It’s an easy and fun way to play a part in a film portraying 1920’s Oklahoma! While we would normally hold a large open call for extras on this film (as we did last year), current conditions caused us to create a virtual version instead,” according to the announcement. “The virtual open call will consist of simply filling out an online questionnaire and providing the casting office with a little bit of information. If you attended one of the Open Casting Calls last year, you need not re-apply.”

Beginning early next year, the extras casting department will begin reaching out to certain individuals to check availability and start the casting selection process for the earlier scenes in the film’s schedule, according to the source. Extras casting will continue throughout filming and the process will be ongoing for several months. Individuals that are not contacted in the first round of communication will continue to be considered for other scenes later in the production’s schedule.

The film is scheduled to begin filming in the spring and continue throughout the summer. 

In November 2019, Freihofer Casting hosted a two-day open call in Pawhuska at the Osage County fairgrounds and nearly 700 Osages showed up for a chance to be in the film.

The film will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro as two of the main protagonists. The rest of the cast has not been publicly named and it is unknown whether a cast has been selected – although Osages in the area have said they have been called about various roles in the film.

In May, it was announced that Apple Studios will produce the film while Paramount will distribute the film theatrically worldwide. 

On the Airbnb website for listings in Pawhuska, the months of February through August are booked solid. The virtual open casting call for Gray Horse is also asking for a person’s availability between the months of February and September, 2021.

For more information about the open casting call or to apply as an extra, visit


Shannon Shaw Duty

Original Publish Date: 2020-12-22 00:00:00


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.

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