Casting call for ‘Wives’
By A.J. O’CONNELL
Hour Staff Writer
NORWALK — They’re looking for a few good-looking women — oh, and a few nondescript men as well. The crew that’s filming “The Stepford Wives” in Norwalk and New Canaan is looking for as many as 100 extras for a political rally scene on the green in New Canaan — pretty Stepford wives and average Stepford husbands.
The casting call will take place at the Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Women who are between the ages of 20 and 40, must be 5-foot-8-inches or taller and pretty to qualify to be a Stepford wife. Men must be between the ages of 30 and 40, 5-foot-8-inches and shorter and average looking to make the cut as a Stepford husband.
Those who are chosen will be expected to attend shoots on the New Canaan Green on Sunday, Sept. 28 and Monday, Sept. 29. According to Robertson, the extras should expect to be at the shoots all day. Sharing the screen with the local cast next week will be Nicole Kidman, who is playing the lead in the film, Bette Midler and Glenn Close. Actors Roger Bart and David Marshall Grant also will be working that day. Paramount’s “The Stepford Wives,” starring Kidman and Matthew Broderick, is an update of the 1975 thriller by the same name. The movie, directed by Frank Oz, tells the story of a woman (Kidman) who moves from New York with her husband (Broderick) and children to the upscale Connecticut town of Stepford. There she discovers that there is something terribly wrong with all the Stepford housewives.
“The Stepford Wives” is being shot in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut locations, including both New Canaan and Norwalk. According to Robertson, Paramount hasn’t shot any scenes in Norwalk yet, but filming at the city’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in October.