the king of crimes – casting complete


arvold.casting is seeking actors local to Richmond, VA for the feature film The King of Crimes.

The King of Crimes, an original play by David L Robbins, is being adapted for the screen. Please note, our objective is to cast these historical figures taking into consideration the diversity of the United States today. The final cast will be six actors portraying a total of 34 roles. While we will be shooting large portions on a stage, we are primarily seeking film actors.

Treason is the “king of crimes,” the only criminal act defined in the U.S. Constitution. In 1807, Thomas Jefferson’s ex-Vice President, Aaron Burr, was arrested in Alabama for treason and returned to Richmond, VA, to be tried in US Circuit Court. Richmonders and citizens from across our fledgling nation flocked to the Capitol building, unable to resist the courtroom cast of famous double crossers, spies, villains, cipher letters, thunderous speeches, and the man who’d shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel. The King of Crimes tells us of the great forces that almost tore our young country apart – and the remarkable men and women that held it together.

Please follow the instructions below to be considered.

Producing Partners: PBS, The John Marshall Foundation
Producer: Christina Garnett
Director: Michael Duni
Casting Director: Erica Arvold
Casting Associate: Eileen Siebken
Casting Assistant: Madison Landis

Rehearsal dates: September 4, 2018 – September 8, 2018
Shooting Dates: September 17, 2018 – September 21, 2018
Shoot Location: Richmond, VA
Rehearsal Compensation: $450/week, plus 10% if agent for one (1) week (September 4 – September 8)
Shoot Compensation: $2,250/week, plus 10% if agent for one (1) week (September 17 – September 21)
Travel/Lodging: Small stipend may be available, should a candidate be based outside of Richmond, VA.


[JOHN MARSHALL/ POSSIBLE DR. BOLLMAN] 50-70, male, any ethnicity. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Marshall is as brilliant as his cousin Jefferson, but far heavier a drinker. Often victorious, but rarely cocky, Marshall understands the power of the judiciary, and wields it to the best of his ability. Dr. Bollman is a German banker with a taste for adventure. He favors ale, danger, and bragging about his past as a bold revolutionary – Must have a convincing German accent (for Bollman).

[ROBIN SPURLOCK/CEPHUS] 40-50, male, African-American. Our story’s narrator, John Marshall’s slave and confidant. Robin sees the events unfolding for what they are, a struggle for power between men who too often get what they want. Cephus is one of Burr’s many militiamen waiting on Blennerhassett’s Island to float down the Ohio river, and start a war.

[THOMAS JEFFERSON/POSSIBLE DR. BOLLMAN] 40-60, male, African-American. The third president of the United States, and the film’s antagonist. Driven by a vendetta against Aaron Burr, Jefferson attempts to convince his cousin, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall, to defy the US constitution in order to hang Burr for treason. Dr. Bollman is a German banker with a taste for adventure. He favors ale, danger, and bragging about his past as a bold revolutionary – Must have a convincing German accent (for Bollman).

[HARMAN BLENNERHASSETT/SAM SWARTWOUT] 30-40, male or female, any ethnicity. A wealthy Irishman and a snake oil salesman, he is always working a deal to better himself both in status and in wealth – often at the expense of those closest to him. Blennerhassett is Burr’s accomplice and confidant, using his home, Blennerhassett’s Island, as the staging ground for Burr’s army. – Must have a convincing Irish accent (for Blennerhassett). Swartwout is a close family friend of Burr’s. A promising young man, he is tasked with delivering a cipher letter to do his part in making Burr an emperor.

[GENERAL WILKINSON/LUTHER MARTIN/POSSIBLE DR. BOLLMAN] 50-60, male, any ethnicity. A hard and blustery man, Wilkinson learned at a young age to look out only for himself. Often playing two or even three sides of any conflict, Wilkinson is Jefferson’s general, Burr’s general, and a paid agent of Spain all at the same time. Martin is a drunkard, the hardest drinking of lawyers. He often sips from a flask during his lengthy oratories; however, he is brilliant as Burr’s defense lawyer, and manages to successfully stave off Thomas Jefferson’s political and legal assault. Dr. Bollman is a German banker with a taste for adventure. He favors ale, danger, and bragging about his past as a bold revolutionary – Must have a convincing German accent (for Bollman).

Additionally, there is an opportunity for extras or reenactors, preferably with their own wardrobe (late 1700s – early 1800’s), to work a maximum of three days, September 10, 11, 12 for $125/day. If they provide their wardrobe, $150/day. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email [email protected]. Children are also encouraged to submit.


If you are available and appropriate for this project, please select ONE of three ways below to submit:

OPTION 1: If you have an agent, your agent may submit you for this project through Breakdown Express.

OPTION 2: If you have an Actors Access account, you may submit for this project through Actors Access.

If you have already submitted for this project via Breakdown Express please do not double submit!

OPTION 3: If you do not have an Actors Access account or an agent (or do not wish to use one for this project), follow the instructions below:

  1. Please fill in the form at the following link: KOC Submission Form
  2. Please send your headshot and acting resume (if any) in PDF format to [email protected].

Use the following SUBJECT HEADING for your submission (personalized to YOU):
Your First and Last Name, ROLE, City, State, KOC
For example: John Smith, THOMAS JEFFERSON, Richmond, VA, KOC

If you fill out the form, email your headshot & resume AND type the subject heading as instructed, your submission is considered complete!

Thank you for following our instructions. We will be holding auditions by appointment ONLY. Submitting does not guarantee you an audition, but it does put you in consideration for one. We are only able to respond to those submissions we select for auditions, but we sincerely appreciate your interest!



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