Casting call opens with Netflix opportunity for Indigenous basketball players

A casting call was posted by Midthunder Casting LLC helmed by Angelique Midthunder,

an Emmy-nominated member of the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences back on January 26 for an exciting opportunity.

The call will be searching for talent to partake in a Netflix feature film called Rez Ball from producers Lebron James, The Springhill Company, and Wise Entertainment, with writer director Sydney Freeland and co-author by Sterlin Harjo who worked on Reservation Dogs. The call writes:  “seeking real basketball players to play Native American high school basketball players in speaking roles,” without the standard of having previous acting experience.

The roles Navajo high schoolers includes:

  • JIMMY: LEAD ROLE, Native American, tall, leading man
  • NATAANII: LEAD ROLE, Native American, very tall, leader of the pack, team champion
  • BRYSON: Native American, short, funny guy, class clown
  • LEVI: Native American, clean-cut, religious, a good boy
  • WARLANCE: Native American, cis gay, two braids, crisp clothes, smart
  • TYSON: Native American, big, husky, masculine, rodeo cowboy, wears a cowboy hat
  • LELAND: Native American, freshman, skinny, cross-country runner
  • MILES: Native American, pretty boy, social media famous, the girls love him
  • KOBE: Native American, blue collar working class, parents are cops
  • RUCKUS: Native American, always needs a haircut, wears second-hand clothes
  • BEANS: Native American, sophomore, looks young, bookish, wears glasses and polos


Those interested are encouraged to email the following information to: name, height. Phone number, email address, location, basketball experience, availability between March to June of 2023, recent photos, a basketball resume, and in the subject line of the email put: first and last name – The Name of the Basketball Player you fit best from the list.


To note: Angelique Midthunder began her career in casting in the mid-1990s after working internationally as an actress and discovering more of an intrigue for the casting process than for being in front of the camera. In addition to casting every character type, Angelique has developed a special niche for casting Indigenous roles and prides herself on preserving authenticity and integrity in cultural casting while recognizing the value of creative freedom.


In 2010 she was nominated alongside Richard Hicks and David Ruben for an Emmy for “Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special” for Georgia O’Keeffe – and in 2017, she was nominated alongside Jeanne McCarthy for an Aritos Award for location casting for “Captain Fantastic.”  She is a current member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.



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