The new Spike Lee joint is a 10-episode series of “She’s Gotta Have It,” his 1985 film that, according to Lee, “Has A Very Special Place In My Heart.” Netflix ordered the series earlier this month.
If you have the crowd-defying stamina and lack of pride combined with utter self confidence that every actor requires (such a confusing combination), you too can join the madness: on Monday, October 3, Spike Lee is hosting (well, he hired Barbara McNamara Casting to host) an open call for actors of any nationality, ages 18-80 to join the cast of “She’s Gotta Have It”.
The casting takes place at 317 Clermont Avenue in Fort Greene, which is the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and if you’re a member of the venerable SAG or AFTRA, please arrive between 5:00pm and 6:30pm. If you’re a plainclothes human with a dramatic bent and a great face, head to the Temple between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.
OPEN CALL for the NEW SPIKE LEE JOINT Barbara McNamara Casting is having an open call for actors in the NYC area. WHEN: Monday, October 3rd WHERE: Brooklyn Masonic Temple 317 Clermont Ave. (Dekalb and Lafayette Ave) Fort Greene, Brooklyn 11205 Looking for all nationalities age 18-80 Filming will take place October 11th – January 25TH SAG/AFTRA actors 5PM-6:30PM NON UNION actors 6:30-8PM ALL TALENT MUST BE ABLE TO WORK IN USA and have valid proof of ID. Please bring updated headshot and resume along with 2 forms of ID (DL/SS, US PASSPORT, GREENCARD/SS, PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD/SS) Those who cannot attend the open call can email updated headshot, resume and one recent non-professional photo to SLBGCASTING@GMAIL.COM Thank you
The series will reportedly follow the plot of the original feature She’s Gotta Have It, which focuses on the classic struggles of a Brooklyn woman in her late twenties: defining her identity, deciding who to date—The Cultured Model, The Protective Investment Banker, or Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead—and figuring out how to divide time between work, love, and friends.
In a release accompanying the Netflix news, Lee said (in his classic every-word-is-capitalized style) “We Are Getting An Opportunity To Revisit These Memorable Characters Who Will Still Be Relevant And Avant Garde 3 Decades Later.”
He also credits his wife as being a “Producer In Her Own Right” (we weren’t questioning that, but cool) and gives her credit for the idea to serialize his first-ever feature-length film. “It Had Not Occurred To Me At All. Tonya [Lewis Lee] Saw It Plain As Day. I Didn’t.”
It’s not the first time Lee and team have used open calls. Chi-Raq (2015), which filmed in Chicago, also used open calls. When Lee first posted a casting call for the 1985 She’s Gotta Have It, Tracy Camilla Johns—who plays Nola Darling, the twenty-something She who’s gotta have it—mailed in her headshot then nailed an audition.
Now’s your chance! In the venerable words of Spike Lee, “DO DA DAMN THANG Now, Today In Da Republic Of Brooklyn, New York.” Well, do it on October 3.
If you can’t make it, email an updated headshot, resume, and a recent non-professional photo to SLBGCASTING@GMAIL.COM: you’ll be discovered by a genius, overworked intern.