CONCORD, N.C. — There are already more than 200 people waiting in line when I show up for the casting call to be an extra in this season’s filming of “Homeland,” which shot in Cabarrus County last year.
It’s 1:15 p.m., and officials with the Showtime series had scheduled to start seeing people at 1 p.m. at the Carolina Mall in Concord.
“There was probably a line like that at 11 a.m.,” said Linda Phannareth, one of the casting volunteers. “There were at least 150 people.”
As I fill out my paperwork I learn that the casting call is not just for extras to appear in “Homeland,” but also for a new show that will be filming in the area soon called “Banshee.”
Tona Dahlquist, who is in charge of casting extras for both shows, said they needed a big crowd at the Carolina Mall.
“We’ll be using people for the entire season on both shows, which would film until October, so we’ll be needing a lot of people,” she said. “We probably have anywhere from 200 to 300 an episode.”
Dahlquist said between the two shows they will probably need about 2,000 extras a month.
Dahlquist has used the Carolina Mall location before, recruiting extras for the feature film “The Hunger Games” as well as the first season of “Homeland,” which stars Claire Danes.
“We did both of those casting calls here last year and had a good turnout,” she said. “We found a lot of great faces so we figured we would give it another try.”
The crew from “Homeland” was looking for people who looked like they served in the military, as well as skinheads and extras who can double as Amish characters.