Netflix Sci-Fi Series “Sense8” Casting Many Background Actors in Chicago

Netflix Casting call for Extras on “Sense8”

The  team behind the Matrix trilogy,  The Wachowskis  are now in production of “Sense 8” season 2. The show  is a sci-fi series about a group of people who have a mysterious mental power which somehow connects them mentally and emotionally. Season one of “Sense8” premiered this last summer and season 2 of the sci-fi series is now filming in and around the Chicago, Illinois area.

Atmosphere casting in Illinois is looking for background actors and extras that are available to work during the month of June. The show will be filming scenes in Chicago between the 5th and 15th of next month and are looking to cast around 500 locals to work as paid extras during that time.

The series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally,” Deadline had a chit chat with “Sense 8” showrunnr, J. Michael Straczynski. In the interview he explained a bit about exactly how the show’s characters are mentally linked to each other….

The “Sense8” cast  includes Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt. Also, Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, Terrence Mann, Freema Agyeman, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Adam Shapiro, Ness Bautista and Joe Pantoliano.

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Chicago casting call for “Sense8

Sense 8” will begin filming for Season 2 in Chicago on Sunday June 5th. We will be filming for 9 shooting days, ending around June 15th
We will need approximately 500 extras for this shoot, the majority of which will fall on 2 days. We will need around 250+ extras on TUES JUN 7th for an airport scene and around 120 extras for a college scene on TUES JUN 14th. We will also need a large number of Hispanic/Latino extras on TUES JUN 14th.

For the other 7 days of the shoot, it will be mostly smaller numbers, but we will need some specific types, such as real POLICE (CPD uniforms) and some doctors/nurses for a HOSPITAL scene. The Police days are Friday Jun 10 and Wed Jun 15th. The hospital scene is on Wed Jun 15th. Please take note of these dates when you are submitting your availability.

We will also need a FEW minors on SUN JUN 12th. We will need 5 boys/girls aged 9-12 yrs old on that day. If you are submitting your MINOR, please indicate if the child has a valid Atmosphere Casting or talent agency work permit.  If you are submitting for a MINOR (under 16 yrs of age), you MUST have a valid Illinois work permit either through Atmosphere Casting or a talent agency (not another extras casting company).

How to apply:

The casting directors have setup an online availability & submission form for Chicago locals who would like to get cast in small, non-speaking roles. Please see here for the form. There are a few stand-in roles available as well. Please see the available stand-in roles and the submission information below.


We are looking for MALES to play COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS for a scene filming on JUNE 14th.

We are need TALL athletic looking males of any ethnicity between the ages of 18 and 25 for these spots. You do NOT have to be a real basketball player but must look like one.


To submit: (read instructions completely before beginning)

#1) Make sure you are registered with Atmosphere Casting.

#2) Make sure you have filled out the availability form and make sure to include availability for JUNE 14th.

(IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE 1&2, GO RIGHT TO #3, NO need to re-register, etc.)

#3) Send an email to with “BASKETBALL” in the subject line. BE sure to ATTACH (2) RECENT photos, 1 face shot and 1 full body (in athletic wear if possible). Include your Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Height, Weight and indicate that you have open availability on June 14th.

We will contact you if you are being considered for one of these spots.

Hispanic Extras

We are looking for submissions from NEW HISPANIC individuals over the age of 18 for a scene that films SATURDAY, JUNE 11th for SENSE8!


You must actually be Hispanic (not just “can look Hispanic”) and available to work on June 11th.

Please submit your registration and availability as instructed in the posts below. Make sure to select Hispanic on the availability form and put it in the subject line if you are registering for the first time!

Remember, we need TWO clear pictures! One of your face and one full body with your registration.

Stand-ins to work on “Sense 8” from the 5th to 15th of June.


INTERVIEW: You may be asked to come in for an interview on TUES MAY 31st (time TBD) so please confirm that you’re available on this date.
LOCATIONS: Chicagoland (you must have your own transportation available)
ROLE: Non-union STAND IN
RATE: $125/8

1) “WOLFGANG” STAND IN: Caucasian male, med/lt. blonde hair
ACTOR: Max Riemelt
AGES: 25-35
HEIGHT: 5’10”- 6″

2) “SUN” STAND IN: Asian female, dark hair
ACTOR: Doona Bae
HEIGHT: 5’5″- 5’7″

3) “KALA” STAND IN: Indian female, long dark hair
ACTOR: Tina Desai
HEIGHT: 5’4″ – 5’6″
PHOTO REFERENCE ATTACHED (tattoos aren’t required)

If interested and available, send an email with the following to
1) Put the name of the STAND IN in the subject line
2) Include your name, age, height, weight, phone number, zip code and email address. We also need your sizes:
Shirt Neck/Sleeve:
Pants Waist/Length:

3) Send 2 RECENT candid photos in jpeg format (both close up and full length). Make sure the photo is taken in decent lighting (no selfies), no sunglasses, no hats! Show us your style but make sure we can see your face! The better the photo, the better your chance of being submitted.

We will let you know if you are in consideration!

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  1. Miguel

    I am from Benton Harbor Michigan and I would like to audition for shows. Can I still because I am an up and coming film maker.

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