With regard to the film industry, it couldn't be a more exciting time in Kentucky. We've done extensive coverage of Hollywood A-listers discovering that the Commonwealth is a mighty fine place to make a movie.

A decade ago, I would have never thought I'd see social media post featuring an image of two-time Oscar nominated actor, and now director, Ethan Hawke just hanging out with folks in Shelbyville KY.

He was there scouting locations in 2022 for his film Wildcat, which was released earlier this year. Earlier in '22, Orlando Bloom was in Campbellsburg KY filming the crime thriller Red Right Hand.

The Kentucky Entertainment Incentive's tax break for filmmakers has made Kentucky a very attractive location for shooting, something I've been screaming for years.

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Kentucky Casting Calls

Well don't look now, but multiple movies and TV shows are actually casting in Kentucky right now. Some of the films are feature-length while others are short films. There is also a documentary.

The hourly rates range from $15 to $50 dollars an hour, and the cities where casting will take place are all over the Bluegrass State. We're talking about Louisville, Lexington, La Grange, Erlanger, Shelbyville (again), Paducah, Simpsonville, Union, and Hopkinsville.

Casting directors and agents are looking for actors from a wide age range--teens up into the 60s and 70s. That seems to mean if you're reading this, and you want break into the film industry, you need to find a way to get to these auditions. Also, I suspect the list below will not be the last one of its kind.

Louisville Casting also posts lists of projects for which casting directors and producers are searching for talent in the Louisville area. So there are always lots of options for aspiring actors in Kentucky.

Break a leg.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Some listings in the following gallery are subject to expiration while others may have already expired.

LOOK: Movies and TV shows casting in Kentucky

Backstage compiled a list of movies and TV shows casting in Kentucky.

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LOOK: Which movies were filmed in Kentucky?

Stacker compiled a list of movies filmed in Kentucky using data from Movie Locations, with additional information about each film collected from IMDb.

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LOOK: Fastest-growing jobs in Kentucky

Stacker analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine which jobs in Kentucky grew the fastest between 2022 and 2023.

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