Newport, and possibly you, will appear in a new HBO Series in 2021.

The Gilded Age, a production of HBO and Universal Television, will be filming in Newport in early 2021.

According to HBO, the 10 episode miniseries will take place in the 1800s.

The show synopsis is as follows, according to HBO; “The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost, and the rise of disparity between old money and new.  Against this backdrop of change, the story begins in 1882 – introducing young Marian Brook, the orphaned daughter of a Union general, who moves into the New York City home of her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook.  Accompanied by Peggy Scott, an accomplished African-American woman, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George and Bertha Russell. In this exciting new world that is on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?”

Julian Fellowes — best known for creating, writing, and executive-producing the award-winning Downton Abbey — is the creator, writer and executive producer on the series.

Starring in the series will be Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire),  Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin and Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love).

Grant Wilfley Casting, a New York City-based casting company that is working on the upcoming series, is currently seeking locals who are interested in working as extras when filming occurs in Newport in early 2021.

The casting company tells What’s Up Newp that they are seeking locals (men, women, and children) from areas in and around Newport to portray various roles as extras in the series.

Extras must be ok working around smoke and have natural-colored hair, according to the casting agency.

If interested, email your name, union status (SAG-AFTRA or NonUnion), phone number, height, weight, clothing sizes, and current photos to gildedage@gwcnyc.com. This casting is for paid background/extra work. Visit www.gwciol.com or call 212-685-3168 for more information.

More info about the series, can be found here.

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