June 08, 2011

Crooked Arrows seeks "authenticity"

'Crooked Arrows' team casting lacrosse players in tri-state area

By Anthony Sulla-HeffingerThe film, titled "Crooked Arrows," will tell the fictional tale of a Native American prep school team and its unlikely rise to the league’s championship game.

Casting for the film has been a success so far--Ellis and the film’s team recently visited Baltimore--and they will be coming to the tri-state area this weekend to pick the best of the best in terms of lacrosse athletes.
These people really seem concerned about authenticity:“When you need to turn an actor into an athlete, it is a little more difficult but the more athletic they are the easier it is. In both cases, our goal is to make the product look credible and authentic,” Ellis says.

Ellis and the team behind "Crooked Arrows" will face their biggest challenge in finding Native American lacrosse players to fill the roles on the “hero team.”

“The hero team is all in itself will be a difficult task both act and play lacrosse. We had a similar issue with 'Miracle.' We asked ourselves, do we find skaters and teach them how to act or vice versa. Here we want the Native American team to be able to do both,” Ellis says.

In addition to casting, authenticity is a must, especially when you are going to be the pioneer, as "Crooked Arrows" will be.
Comment:  We can tell how concerned about authenticity they are by their hiring of Brandon Routh to play a tribal chairman's son. Similarly, all the Native lacrosse players must have at least one Cherokee princess in their background. A good tan is also acceptable.

For more on casting decisions, see Wannabes Audition for Native Roles and Routh Is a Native?!

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