Director Jeff Nichols is casting his new film Mud.

Filmmaker Jeff Nichols is searching for the star of his new movie Mud, to be filmed in Arkansas. Also needed: 400 actors, extras and stand-ins.

An open call will be held from 1-7 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 14) at Parkview Arts Science Magnet High School, 2501 Barrow Road, Little Rock. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All applicants should bring a non-returnable photograph of themselves.  

The lead role of Neckbone will be played by a Caucasian male, 13-17 years old, whose life experiences in a rural environment result in a hard edge and survival instinct. This role requires that the actor be comfortable in boats and water. Other outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and motor biking would be ideal.

The filmmakers are also seeking an actress to play May Pearl -- Caucasian, 15-17, a small town girl with natural beauty.

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Mud, written and to be directed by Nichols (a native of Little Rock), will begin filming this fall in central and south Arkansas. It is a coming-of-age drama centered on two 14-year old boys (Ellis and Neckbone) who encounter a mysterious fugitive (Mud) on an island in the Mississippi River. Intrigued by this man, the boys enter a pact to help him escape capture. A friendship evolves as Mud teaches the boys as much as he learns from them.

This is Nichols' third feature film. The award winning Shotgun Stories is followed by Take Shelter, scheduled for release in October by Sony Pictures Classics.  Take Shelter won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize and the Fipresci Award at the renowned Cannes Film Festival in May and is featured on many critics’ lists of likely Academy Award contenders.