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Netflix Western THE ABANDONS: Open Casting Call in Alberta

Netflix western The Abandons, starring Lena Headey and Gillian Anderson, is looking for backgrounders for its 1850s saga of outlier Oregon families, filming in Alberta.

The Abandons is about a group of renegade families that live on the fringes of society in mid-1800s Oregon who work together to fight corruption and save their land. 

The Open Casting Call to populate the town is happening on Saturday, April 6th, at the Double Tree by Hilton in Calgary North. If you’re interested but unable to attend, email a current photo and contact information to 

We are looking for authentic-looks, unique character faces, hard-working types, blue collar looks, blacksmiths, rancher types, labourer types, butchers, upscale affluent looks and amputees.

Keep Alberta Rolling.

The Abandons, a group of diverse, outlier families pursue their Manifest Destiny in 1850s Oregon. A corrupt force of wealth and power, coveting their land, tries to force them out. 

These abandoned souls, the kind of lost souls living on the fringe of society, unite their tribes to form a family and fight back. In this bloody process, “justice” is stretched beyond the boundaries of the law. 

The Abandons will explore that fine line between survival and law, the consequences of violence, and the corrosive power of secrets, as this family fights to keep their land.


Lena Headey as Fiona Nolan, a strong-willed and devout Irish woman who, unable to have her own children, takes in four orphans to form her own family.

Gillian Anderson as Constance Van Ness, the matriarch of the wealthy Van Ness family who inherited her husband’s mining fortune, then doubled it.. For her, power, wealth and lineage trump all.

Nick Robinson as Elias Teller and Lucas Till as Garret Van Ness.

Diana Silvers as Dahlia Teller, Lamar Johnson as Albert Mason, Aisling Franciosi as Trisha Van Ness and Natalia del Riego as Lilla Belle.

The Abandons:

Alberta filming dates: May 14 2024 – October 17 2024. 

Creator/Showrunner: Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy).

Cast: Lena Headey, Gillian Anderson, Lucas Till, Nick Robinson, Diana Silvers, Lamar Johnson, Aisling Franciosi, Natalia del Riego.

Recurring:: Patton Oswalt, Sarah White, Michael Ornstein, Ella-Maija Tailfeathers, Brian F. O’Byrne, Haig Sutherland, Jack Doolan, Jonathan Koensgen, Katelyn Wells, Marc Menchaca.

Producers: SutterInk, Netflix.

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