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Extras, 70s Cars Needed For 'The Shining' Sequel Movie Shoot In St. Marys On Monday

Smokey and the Bandit edition Trans Am at a car show
Bill Bortzfield
The casting director is looking for cars from the 1970s, like this late 70s Pontiac Trans Am, which is pictured at this past weekend's Ponte Vedra Auto Show that was held at Nocatee.

Locals who want a shot at the Hollywood spotlight can apply to be an extra in a major motion picture shoot coming up on Monday, Sept. 24, in St. Marys, Georgia.

A waterfront in St. Marys will be the setting for a scene in Doctor Sleep, the upcoming sequel to The Shining starring Ewan McGregor. The scene is actually set on a Florida beach, according to extras casting director Tammy Smith.

She said no acting experience is necessary to apply to be in the scene. 

“What I do is actually very interesting because I can hire people from all walks of life to just come and play with us for the day and get paid to do it, and it’s just very easy,” she said.

Smith said she needs to hire 40 extras of a variety of ages and body types for the Monday shoot and plans to have all the casting done “in the next couple of days.”

She’s also looking for local people who have cars from the 1970s because the scene is set in the year 1980. Any models from the late 1960s to the year 1980 would be good, she said.

As for what extras should wear to the shoot if they’re cast, Smith said it’s a collaboration between the cast member and the costume department. She’ll send people a list of time-period-neutral items that are likely in everyone’s closet, and then the film crew will pepper in a few key items if someone shows up in something that looks too modern.

“A lot of times you sell that with the hairstyle and eye glasses and things like that — and the cars, actually, the cars are what help sell it,” Smith said.

St. Marys is just under 40 miles north of Jacksonville. 

Anyone interested in working the shoot — or having their car in the film — should contact Tammy Smith at the email address below. 

How to apply: 

Email Put “1980” in the subject line of the email. 

Attach or insert two or more current photos, at least one from the chest up and one from the knees up. Photos must be “clear and well lit.” At least one photo should have no smile “but a pleasant expression,” and one should have a smile.

Also include, listed in the body of the email:

  • First and last name
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email address
  • City and state where you will be coming from on Monday
  • Height
  • Weight

If the applicant doesn’t have an old car, please say “NO CAR” in the body of the email.
Car owners should include a photo of the car, and list its color, year, make and model.

Update: This story was updated at 9 p.m. Tuesday with more detailed application instructions. 

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP