Paid Movie Extras in New Jersey for Bob Dylan Movie “A Complete Unknown”

Bob Dylan movie “A Complete Unknown” will be filming in Cape May this spring.

The new Dylan biopic stars Timothée Chalamet and is being directed by James Mangold. According to online news, “A Complete Unknown” will focus on Bob Dylan’s rise in the 1960’s to his folk hero status. “A Complete Unknown” also stars Edward Norton as Pete Seeger and Monica Barbaro as Joan Baez and will follow Dylan’s rise to fame in the 1960’s.

The words “A Complete Unknown” are from a Bob Dylan 1965 song – “How does it feel, To be on your own, with no direction home. A complete unknown, like a rolling stone.” That song was first performed at a music festival in 1965 and also marked the first time Dylan used an electric guitar which was a Fender Stratocaster.

Don’t live in Jersey? There are paid extras jobs going on now in other states.

The movie began filming in the New Jersey area recently and casting directors for GWCI are looking for lots of locals in the area who would like to work as paid movie extras on a large concert scene they will be filming.

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According to the New Jersey news site,, scenes depicting Dylan’s plugging in — which outraged folk purists and famous led one British fan to shout out “Judas!” at a subsequent tour date — will be filmed in Cape May in May.

The casting notice from GWCI does include some specific requirements such as being comfortable with them giving you a period appropriate haircut as well as being okay with working around smoke as this is a Dylan movie who, almost always was photographed smoking during that period. The casting notice also mentions that you must not have any allergies to wool as there may be some costumes involved which may contain wool.

Most importantly, the call specifies that extras must be local to Cape May and accepted applicants will be transported to Jersey City for a costume fitting. Payment for SAG-AFTRA members is $208 for 8 hours and for non-members, it’s $176 for 10 hours.

Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking extras for a feature film shooting in Cape May, NJ May 12-16, 2024. Scenes take place in 1965 at a concert.

Casting Notice:

Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking locals to work as background aka extras in a feature film shooting in Cape May, NJ May 12-16, 2024. Scenes take place in 1965 at a concert.

You must be:

  • ok working interior and exterior
  • have no allergies to wool
  • ok with a period appropriate haircut and facial hair
  • ok working around smoke.

Everyone cast will need to attend a paid costume fitting in Jersey City, NJ prior to the shoot date.

Transportation provided to/from Cape May to Jersey City for fitting.

Transportation to Cape May for filming is NOT provided. Hotel accommodations are not provided.

Those in the area can see the casting notices below for more information on how to be in the movie.



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