First it was a Jon Hamm sighting at Crown & Anchor in downtown Monterey, when he was in town in June 2014 to shoot the last episode of AMC's Mad Men.
Then two months later, rumors surfaced that season 2 of HBO's True Detective would be partially set in Big Sur.
That turned out not to be true, even though the show's climax included an exclusive sex party that was—according to the show—in a mansion in Monterey.
But this time it's real: Big Little Lies, a new HBO miniseries based on a 2014 novel of the same name, will be filming in the local area for a week at the end of January.
And not only has HBO given advance notice this time around, they—or perhaps, their casting agency—want some locals to be extras during the filming.
"We’re going to be all over the Monterey area, that's where the story’s supposed to take place," says Rich King of Rich King Casting. "We're doing some of the exterior filming there to make it look like we’re filming there."
The novel, which is set on a scenic peninsula near Bondi Beach in Australia, centers around three mothers with children beginning kindergarten who strike up a friendship. The story's themes are bullying, domestic violence and flawed, miserable people.
Despite this, the book has a darkly comic tone, and the New York Times' Janet Maslin, in a review of the novel, writes that author Liane Moriarty's prose flows "in an easy, girlfriendly style."
Actors Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon optioned the book, and will be starring in the series alongside Laura Dern. David E. Kelley, who created and wrote the scripts for such hit shows as L.A. Law, Ally McBeal and Boston Legal, is writing the script.
HBO crews will be filming Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, and per Rich King Casting, these are the details:
There is pay for this project. The rate is $72 for 8 hours, and overtime starts after the 8th hour.
(You should plan on making yourself available for the entire day).
There are no fees to work on the project. Food will be provided
We are actively seeking men and women of all all shapes and sizes (over the age of 18). We also are hiring some people to work with their own cars and bikes.
If interested please send a current photo, sizes (height, weight, etc) contact info, year make and model of car (if you have one). Please note if you have a bike and are able to transport it to set.
Please feel free to send us any other information you would like to share.
Send the above information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
King adds that professional photos aren't necessary, and that a good selfie will do.
Asked if the show was meant to be set in cold, rainy weather, King laughs.
"It’s not, so we’re hoping [the rain] blows through."
King expects the show to air in late summer.