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Friday, May 15, 2009

"The Road" trailer has been released!

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Can’t wait to see this film, based on the Cormac McCarthy (“No Country for Old Men“) novel “The Road.”

It stars Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and the incredible young Kodi Smit-McPhee.

We helped with the Oregon casting and had a great time working with John Hillcoat and the rest of the crew.

If the film is anywhere as good as the book and the screenplay, it should be amazing!

Releasing in October 2009.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Twilight Turkiye talks with Lana Veenker

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Our fine friends over at the Twilight Turkiye fan site have posted an interview (in Turkish) with Lana on the casting of “Twilight,” the progress of “New Moon” and the upcoming John Hillcoat film “The Road,” based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy (“No Country for Old Men“).

We were going to post Lana’s original answers, but this version adapted from Google Translate is a LOT more fun. Enjoy!

Hi, Honorable Lana Veenker

I’m from a website, which serves Twilighters in Turkey. Our Website is the biggest Twilight-Fan website in Turkey.

Sorry to disturb you, but if I can take 5 minutes, you will make more than 1000 Twilight fans happy. We have got some question for you, for “the most beautiful Casting Director of Twilight”, there are less than 10 questions, if you can answer any of them, and if you don’t break us, we will be pleased. Thanks already now.

Onur Kahveci: Why this profession?

Lana Veenker: I like the combination of talents and intellectual perspective, it is necessary for selection.

Onur Kahveci: “The Road” is on the way, do you know fully if exit date has been set?

Lana Veenker: “The Road” movie will run when I do not know, but I can not wait. It will be a great movie. The book was great and scenarios.

Onur Kahveci: “New Moon” “Twilight” Is that you can beat?

Lana Veenker: To look at this will be interesting. I think “New Moon” is much more difficult to screen as a story.

(Onur Kahveci: I asked a couple of things about the selection of players, but for New Moon” they do not work, so about that she says something is not known.)

Onur Kahveci: That Dakota Fanning will assume the role of Jane got some gossip. What you can say about this topic? What do you think? If you were elected, would be the best Jane who?

Lana Veenker: I like the idea of Dakota Fanning. I have not heard anything about other options.

Onur Kahveci: What do you think about choosing Entertainment Weekly’s Volturi? Stephen Meyer or Crispin Glover for Aro? For a character to character, Christopher Lee and Kristen Chenoweth for Jane and Caius have been recommended. Especially if we consider the reputation of Christopher….

Lana Veenker: Very interesting ideas, some suspense, I would be anxious to hear whom they have to choose.

Onur Kahveci: Some say Taylor Lautner’s Jacob Black character in “New Moon” will not continue…. the search is between other actors. Even Michael Copon was proposed. Steven Strait as Jacob was a spectacular preference for the fans. However Taylor takes again the role of Jacob. What thoughts about this issue? Instead of Taylor as Jacob, would you like someone?

Lana Veenker: Taylor I’m happy he is to hold his role; it’s hard for changes to work.

Onur Kahveci: Thanks for all the answers.

Lana Veenker: Important Not!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Oregonian Celebrates Creativity

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The Ultimate Northwest magazine included in this Sunday’s paper featured a story on Oregon creatives. Lana’s excited to have her interview alongside David Walker’s:

The People Issue: Celebrating Creativity
Meet 25 of Portland’s most creative thinkers
Ultimate Northwest
Special Section to the Oregonian
October 26, 2008



Seeing stars: After third-generation Oregonian Lana Veenker spent about a decade working and studying in Europe, she returned to Portland in 1999. She’d gained experience working for a casting agency in London and thought, after a brief pit stop in her hometown, she’d move to a bigger city. But then one thing led to another, and a temporary stay grew permanent. Mere months after landing back in Portland, Veenker, 41, was getting casting jobs. She started her own company with, as she recalls, “a laptop and a cell phone.” Now, her agency has helped cast such movies as “Paranoid Park,” The Road,” “Feast of Love” and “Management.”

All in a day’s work: As a casting director, Veenker and her staff work on a range of projects. For independently made features by Portland-based directors like James Westby, Veenker helped cast primary roles in his festival favorite, “The Auteur.” For Hollywood flicks, Veenker generally casts “day players” — people who come in for supporting roles and have a couple of speaking lines. But the company has been asked to look for lead actors: Gabe Nevins, star of “Paranoid Park,” responded to an open casting call.

Portland as film town: “I was at the Berlin film festival in February,” Veenker says. “People said, ‘You’re a casting director in Portland? Does anything shoot there?’ So I said, ‘Well, I’ve worked with Gus Van Sant and Jennifer Aniston and Viggo Mortensen’…. By the end of the festival, those people were saying Portland’s the next Toronto.”

Link to full article.






Friday, May 2, 2008

105.1 The Buzz interview with Nelson & Terry

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Here’s the MP3 of this morning’s interview with Nelson & Terry of 105.1 The Buzz on our search for a pregnant body double for Charlize Theron and on the bustling film business in Oregon.

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Thanks to Nelson, Terry and the team for the plug!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Casting Company Seeks Pregnant Woman to Play Charlize Theron Double

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“The Road” starring Viggo Mortensen shoots in Oregon in May
April 27, 2008

PORTLAND, ORE. Lana Veenker Casting announced today that it is seeking a pregnant Charlize Theron lookalike for “The Road,” a new feature film directed by John Hillcoat and based on Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name.

Casting Director Lana Veenker says that the pregnant woman is needed to work as a body double for Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, slated to play actor Viggo Mortensen’s pregnant wife. “The producers prefer to use an actual pregnant woman, rather than put a fake belly on the actress. But it’s important that she resemble Charlize in height, weight and hair color.”

Caucasian women with blonde to dirty blonde hair, height 5’9” to 5’11”, who are around four months pregnant and who normally wear a dress size six or eight are encouraged to apply. There is no charge to be considered for the role and no nudity will be required. The woman chosen will work for two or three days in mid-May.

Women who fit the requirements should submit their photos and contact details as soon as possible to Lana Veenker Casting by emailing Eryn Goodman at talent(at)

Additional information about Lana Veenker Casting is available on the company’s website and MySpace page.