Hundreds of people seeking roles as extras in an upcoming Coen Brothers movie spent an evening lining up and then auditioning in Scottsbluff last night. The casting call for “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” took place at the Midwest Theater, and the lines wound around the corner and then all the way down 17h Street for the future Coen brothers production, a collection of Western stories set in the 1800s.
Midwest Theater Executive Director Billy Estes says the turnout was phenomenal. Movie officials said they were looking for ordinary Nebraskans to play settlers on a wagon train and even though the Coen Brothers will make the final call, Becky Dykes of Morrill was told she likely had the look and should be ready to spend some long days in an uncomfortable dress for low pay. Louis West and Rae Ann Schmitz said they also had good interviews.
Some of the film will be shot in the Sioux County area during a thirteen day period from September 8th to September 27th.