casting

BLokus - WebSeries 

Blokus is a 7 episode webseries that follows the journey of a single-parent family, coping with Toronto’s increasing housing precariousness. When Manuela and her family are threatened to be evicted from their apartment by a real estate developer, she decides to fight back, in hopes of remaining in her neighbourhood.

Vidéo réalisatrice

en français

Director's presentation video in english 

** Important that Manuela has ethnic origins (Karine & Liam, Manuela’s family will also be chosen based on Manuela’s origin) **


** For all children parts: from 14 to 18 years but that looks 16**


** For all parts: If you happen to have an identical twin please let us know **

We are currently casting the following roles:  (Paid - Non-Union) 

PRINCIPAL ROLES

MANUELA - GIRL, Principal role, Diverse origins, French Speaking
Camera Age: 16 years old
**Applications from Black People and People of Color are highly encouraged. **


Manuela is a studious and calm teenager who started acting out. She is attentive to her community’s needs, easily drawing the sympathy of her peers and developing friendships. But she is now left to experience the torments of teenage years, and started committing unpredictable and impulsive actions, like she never has before.


KARINE – WOMAN, Principal role, (Depends on Manuela’s casting) – Manuela’s Mother, French Speaking
Camera Age: 40 years old


Karine is a 41-year-old woman, a widow, bringing up her teenage daughter and her young son, on her own. Karine is a « superwoman », a strong and affectionate woman, not afraid to be bold and audacious when needed. But since her husband death, she is at the end of her rope, and struggles with this new challenge that befell her.


KIM - GIRL - Principal role, Asian, French Speaking
Camera Age: 16 years old


Kim is a teenage girl of Chinese origin, who lives with her two parents and her twin brother, Patrick. She is rebellious, a hacker in the making, not afraid to speak her mind, with a strong sense of retort. Over the years, Kim also became very jealous of her brother and is dominated by a spirit of fraternal competition.


PATRICK - BOY - Principal role, Asian, French Speaking
Camera Age: 16 years old


Patrick is a teenage boy, of Chinese origin. He’s Kim’s twin brother and couldn’t be any more different than his sister. He’s a solitary “geek”. He doesn’t like conflict, he’s very thoughtful and extremely smart. He’s under a lot of pressure from his parents who want him to take over the family business.


MATTHEW - BOY - Principal role, No Ethnic preference – QUEER (Speaks French with an English accent)
Camera Age: 18 years old


Matthew is a youngster and a queer, who grew up in West Toronto, in a very wealthy family. He is a flamboyant and colourful young man who evolved in a very conservative environment and always felt misunderstood and not accepted for who he is.


MRS. GONZALES – WOMAN - Principal role, of Latin Origin (has a thick Spanish accent when she speaks French)
Camera Age: 30-35 years old


Mrs. Gonzales is a new immigrant to Canada and a mother to a toddler. Her husband is still living abroad. She is alone and lives under difficult precarious circumstances. She’s facing language barriers, but she’s also the victim of social injustices (not knowing what her rights are in Canada).

SUPPORTING ROLES 

LIAM - BOY, Supporting Role - (Depends on Manuela’s casting) – Manuela’s Brother, French Speaking
Camera Age: 5 years old


At 5 years old, Liam is the breath of fresh air for his family. He’s playing and having fun wherever he goes. He imagined and created his own universe, away from the pressures of the adults’ world. He’s too young to understand what’s really happening around him, but old enough to feel the tension that surrounds him. Liam represents the last vestiges of childhood innocence.

SIMON – MAN - Supporting Role - No Ethnic preference – Athletic shape “6 packs”, French Speaking 

Camera Age:  20-25 years old

 

Simon is a construction worker, a very handsome man who could make the cover of a magazine. However, his past experiences left him with a bitter aftertaste, and despite his young age, he’s rather skeptical of the future. 

 

MRS. SMITH - WOMAN - Supporting Role - No Ethnic preference - Speaking French with a thick English accent 

Camera Age:  80 years old

 

Mrs. Smith is Manuela’s neighbour. She’s a woman of great kindness and an “over-indulgent” grandmother. Despite her slightly diminishing independence, she’s also not afraid to speak up her mind and can be very direct.

 

MRS. GISÈLE - WOMAN - Supporting Role - No Ethnic preference , French Speaking

Camera Age:  35 - 50 years old

 

She’s a teacher in a French school in Toronto. She’s eccentric and colourful person, and passionate about her students and teaching.

 

TENANT 1 (Rob) - MAN - Supporting Role - No Ethnic preference - English Speaking 

Camera Age:  45-50 years old

Attributes: A little grumpy and negative, Rob sounds older than he actually his. 

 

TENANT 2 (Henry) - MAN - Supporting Role - No Ethnic preference - Speaking French with a thick English accent 

Camera Age:  35 - 40 years old

Attributes: Artist, concerned about the environment, living modestly to be able to continue practicing his art.

AGENT TURNER (Police Officer) - MAN - Supporting Role - No Ethnic preference - English Speaking

Camera Age:  50-55 years old

Physical attributes: Very tall and wide-shouldered.

 

MAÎTRE THOMAS (Lawyer) - MAN - Supporting Role - No Ethnic preference - French Speaking

Camera Age:  40-45 years old

 

JOURNALIST – MAN or WOMAN - Supporting Role - No Ethnic preference - French Speaking

Camera Age:  25-40 years old

THIRD ROLES 

CONSTRUCTION WORKER – 3rd Role – MAN, No Ethnic preference – English Speaking 

Camera Age:  30-50 years old

 

MISTER CHONG – 3rd Role – MAN, Chinese origin, speaks mandarin or Cantonese 

Camera Age:  50 years old

 

PAWNSHOP SALES AGENT - 3rd Role - MAN, Caucasian - English Speaking

Camera Age:  50-55 years old

Physical attributes: Big belly, moustache, one-day beard or badly shaven, smoker, and unfriendly. 

 

EXTRAS

 

Cameraman – MAN OR WOMAN 

Camera Age:  20-50 years old

 

Mover 1 - MAN 

Camera Age:  20-40 years old

 

Mover 2 - MAN 

Camera Age:  20-40 years old

 

Woman Screaming – WOMAN 

Camera Age:  30-40 years old

 

Woman with Parkinson – WOMAN 

Camera Age:  70 years old

Thomas (student) – Boy

Camera Age:  16 years old 

Dog owner and dog – NO PREFERENCE 

Camera Age:  No preference

 

Extras Teenagers : 15 teenagers (14 to 16 years old)

 

Extras Women : 10 women (20 to 60 years old) 

 

Extras Police station: 2 adults, MAN or WOMAN (25 to 50 years old)


Shooting Dates :


1st phase (Exterior Scenes): Late October 2020
2nd phase (Interior Scenes): November 2020


** PEOPLE OUTSIDE TORONTO: TRANSPORTATION TO YOUR EXPENSES **

If interested in a role please fill-up this form here: https://forms.gle/HqpVwU8sy6ijEY9z9