In May, Taraji P. Henson, who filmed Hidden Figures in Atlanta last year, will come back to film The Best of Enemies, and now, the first casting calls for that movie are starting to appear.

The Best of Enemies is based on the 1996 Osha Gray Davidson non-fiction book of the same name, and tells the story of the unlikely friendship between black activist Ann Atwater and North Carolina ex-Klansman C.P. Ellis -- which was first mentioned in a passage in Studs Terkel's Race: What Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession.

Atwater and Ellis came face to face in 1971, when officials in North Carolina decided to integrate black and white public schools. After court-ordered desegregation of the schools in the city of Durham, the two agreed to co-chair two-week community meetings to try to reach a compromise between people in the city.

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The events that followed changed the face of the city and changed the lives of both Atwater and Ellis completely.

Casting directors are looking for people to play cheerleaders, teachers and other featured roles. Filming is set to take place between May and July in the Atlanta area. In order to audition for the film, please view the casting call and submit the requested information to the email address below:

'Best of Enemies'

The Best of Enemies will tell the story of 2 major civil rights activitists (Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis) at a prominent point in their lives - North Carolina's decision to integrate black and white schools. History often has a darker side, especially when dealing with history in the south, and this film will respectfully bring that darkness into the light as we deal with the issue of racism. C.P. Ellis was born and raised on the poor west side of Durham, North Carolina, and as a young man, he joined the Ku Klux Klan seeking a sense of brotherhood and belonging. That being said, we are looking for background actors who are comfortable portraying C.P.'s fellow Klansmen in 1971.

Seeking Caucasian Males, Ages 18 and Up
We are NOT seeking actual members of the Ku Klux Klan and as with any set, we hold a zero tolerance policy against racism, sexism, etc.! We are seeking actors, not pro-white activists. The majority of the Klan scenes involve a group of men at the local meeting hall. This is a time when the Klan was an accepted part of society and a supporter of the pro-segregation movement. Many prominent members of society were Klansmen, including city councilmembers, church deacons, police officers, even the local postman - as such, you can be used in more than just the Klan scenes and can also appear as regular, everyday townspeople. Seeking Caucasian Males, Ages 18 and up - we are accepting all looks, but a majority of you should appear to be clean cut, upstanding, church going folks and family men.
Subject: BROTHERHOOD

Seeking Caucasian Males, Ages 18TPY
Additonally, we are seeking a younger group of males to portray the Klan's Youth Corps. You should be over the age of 18, but can appear to be 16 or 17 years old. The Youth Corps will be present at the Klan meeting hall, and will be featured in a separate scene at a youth training camp, so you should be physically fit and willing to do some exercise on camera. Seeking Caucasian Males, Ages 18TPY - we are accepting all looks, but a majority of you should appear to be clean cut, upstanding, church going folks and respectable young men.
Subject: YOUTH CORPS

Also Seeking the Following Roles

High School Cheerleaders
Seeking Caucasian Girls, Ages 18TLY
Looking for young women who are 18 years or older that appear to be 15 to 17 years old or younger. You will be riding a float in a parade featured in the beginning of the film. You don't have to have any experience as a cheerleader, but if you are a former or current cheerleader, please list your experience in your submission. You should have natural hair, no highlights or unusual colors.

As this is a period piece, wardrobe fittings will be required at a date TBD.
Subject: CHEERLEADER

African American School Students
Seeking African American Boys and Girls, Ages 10 - 15
Looking for African American boys and girls to play middle and high school students. As the story is about school integration, the students will play a major role in the film. Parents, please include your name in the submission for your child as well! Children should NOT have crazy haircuts or colored hair or braids (or should be willing to remove them).

As this is a period piece, wardrobe fittings will be required at a date TBD.
Subject: REPORT CARD

Caucasian School Students
Seeking Caucasian Boys and Girls, Ages 10 - 15
Looking for Caucasian boys and girls to portray middle and high school students. As the story is about school integration, the students will play a major role in the film. Parents, please include your name in the submission for your child as well! Children should NOT have crazy haircuts or colored hair.

As this is a period piece, wardrobe fittings will be required at a date TBD.
Subject: TEXTBOOK

CHURCH CONGREGATION OR TOWNSFOLK
Seeking Caucasian and African American Males and Females, Ages 18 - 80's to appear in a handful of church scenes, as well as some city hall meetings. You should have natural hair; no highlights or unusual colors, no crazy cuts or braids, no weaves or wigs. If you have already submitted for either "Shampoo" or "Conditioner", we already have your information and you are already being considered for this film. As this is a period piece, wardrobe fittings will be required at a date TBD.
Please use subject: TOWNFOLK

HOW TO SUBMIT FOR REVIEW

To submit, please email us 3 clear, well-lit, recent photos of yourself along with your name, age, height, weight and current phone number to:

Submissions@CatrettCasting.com

Don't forget to list experience, if applicable. Parents - remember to include your name and phone number when submitting your child(ren).

Be sure to use the correct subject line(s) when submitting.

Just a quick word of thanks to Project Casting and Catrett Casting for the heads up on the info.