A film about a University of Arkansas football player who went from a walk-on to a third-round NFL pick before dying in a car crash will hold an open casting call this month.
Greater, the story of Brandon Burlsworth, is looking for co-stars, extras and stand-ins at the casting call March 29-30 at McCain Mall in North Little Rock. It will be held noon to 6 p.m. both days in the former RadioShack space on the first floor. A news release from the filmmakers notes they are looking for "all ages and ethnicities, specifically — Razorback fans, families, moms, dads, kids, grandparents, etc."
The movie, which will be filmed on location in Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas in May and June, tells the story of Burlsworth, an offensive lineman who walked onto the team before earning a scholarship in his first year.
Burlsworth went on to earn a number of awards and a master's degree before being picked by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. But Burlsworth was killed in a car crash just 10 days later.
“It’s been a real passion project for me, and this being my first film, I consider myself a walk-on filmmaker," writer and producer Brian Reindl said in the release. "I’m unbelievably excited and humbled to see this film finally come to fruition, and it’s been amazing to see the people who we’ve been able to attach as actors as well as crew. I can’t wait to announce more exciting news soon.”
Reindl is also the founder and executive director of the Burlsworth Trophy, which honors college football's most outstanding player who started as a walk-on.