Cuba Gooding JR. & Lou Lou Gossett Jr for BET Miniseries Open Casting Call in Sydney, Shelbourne

Sydney, Nova Scotia, Casting call for BET Miniseries “The Book of Negroes.”

A six hour miniseries for BET and CBC is now in production in Sydney and the producers will be holding an open casting call for background talent and other small roles. The production is looking for lots of extras in the area to fill many roles.

The six-part television mini-series based on Lawrence Hill’s “The Book of Negroes” will be holding a casting call

Membertou Trade and Convention Centre this weekend.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday
9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday

Also coming to Shelbourne – open casting calls for extras are for adults over 16 years.
The times will be Friday April 4 : 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday April 5: 10a.m. – 8 p.m. – Sunday April 6: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Loyalist Inn Hotel – 1 60 Water Street.


The projects producer Bill Niven stated that “Part of the story in the book is that members of the black community were brought up from the southern U.S. to Nova Scotia, mostly in Shelburne but to some other communities as well, so we’re shooting in Shelburne, but we’re also shooting in Louisbourg,”

The local paper  published an interview in which he also stated… “I called them and said, if they’re looking for a Nova Scotia producer, I’d be thrilled to work on this,” said Niven, “because it’s really a great story about part of our Nova Scotia culture.”

Niven also added that “We’re looking for anyone over the age of 16 and we’re looking for men, women and we’re hoping we’ll get a good turnout from the African-Nova Scotian community.”

The miniseries will begin production on April 22nd and is looking for extras who can work that week.

Casting call in Sydney for Book of Negroes miniseries

The open casting call will be held at the  Hampton Inn at Membertou on Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday. If you can’t make it, you can also register online at

The six one-hour-episode series will feature Oscar winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lou Gossett Jr. The main character, Aminata Diallo, will be played by Aunjanue Ellis, who has been in “Ray,” “The Help,” “Men of Honour,” “The Mentalist,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “The Good Wife.”

The Book of Negroes” miniseries is about a woman,  Aminata Diallo who was abducted as a child who was living in South Africa. She was brought to South Carolina and lived the life of a slave until she finally gained her freedom.  Aminata was a part of the Revolutionary War and later her name was added to the Book of Negroes.

The Book of Negroes is a 2007 award-winning novel from Canadian writer Lawrence Hill. In the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the novel was published under the title Someone Knows My Name. – Wiki

About the project:

Aminata Diallo, the daughter of a jeweller and a midwife, is kidnapped at the age of 11 from her village Bayo, near Segu in West Africa and forced to walk for days to the sea in a coffle with hundreds of strangers and a handful of people from her village. After several horrific months of voyage across the Atlantic Ocean she arrives in South Carolina where she begins a new life as a slave and her name is anglicized to Meena Dee. Because of her youth and intelligence she quickly learns English. A fellow slave named Mamed secretly teaches her to read and write after learning that she is Muslim, a religion she shares with his now-deceased African mother.

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