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Story by Sandy Kromeir - The Oregon Herald
Published on Monday December 6, 2010 - 4:24 PM
 
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The new TBS 1-hour comedic detective series pilot titled "Brain Trust" is now in production in the Portland, Oregon area and the film's extras casting will be holding an open casting call for local people interested in working on the show as background. The series regulars for this series are cast out of Los Angeles.Dean Devlin will produce and direct under the banner of his production company, Electric Entertainment. Devlin has co-written and produced some of the most successful feature films of all time. He co-wrote and produced Stargate, Godzilla and Independence Day - which grossed over $800 million worldwide. Just prior to forming Electric Entertainment Devlin produced the Mel Gibson period drama, The Patriot, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Electric Entertainment founding partner Marc Roskin will co-produce along with Marco Schnabel, John Rogers, and Kearie Peak. Roskin produced Electric's $60 million dollar World War I aviation action-thriller Flyboys starring James Franco, Martin Henderson, and Jean Reno, released by MGM. He also served as producer on New Line's release of Cellular, starring Kim Basinger and Jason Statham.

The producers made the decision to re-write this pilot for Portland. The original script for "Brain Trust" had set the pilot in Washington D.C. Electric Entertainment also produces the Portland based series "Leverage".

The "Brain Trust" plot centers around a detective whose life hits the skids after he inadvertantly ends his partner's career, gets some unorthodox help on a homicide case from three gifted super-intelligent Professors from a private research organization.

Extras casting director is casting over 700 real people to be extras in the show. Extras cast for these scenes will work 1 or 2 nights Friday December 10, and Saturday December 11, 2010. The show is under AFTRA contract, however non-union people are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Details on how people can submit for acting roles or attend the open casting call can be found on the following casting post:

Shooting begings December 8, 2010.