According to a skinny blond lady with heavy eye makeup, the open casting call Saturday in Burbank was for a movie called "Corporate Headquarters."
But for some reason, TMZ was there, as was Channel 2 news -- not to mention a line around the block of "Star Trek" fans and the to-be-expected crowd of "just-moved-to-L.A." aspiring actors waiting to get into the relatively small offices of Hollywood OS on Magnolia Boulevard.
It took a quick phone call to my home-bound husband to figure out that "Corporate Headquarters" is a code name for J.J. Abrams' new "Star Trek" film currently in pre-production. But the call turned out to be a waste of cell minutes because five minutes later an accomplice of the heavily eye-shadowed blond lady came clicking up to me in high heels to say she'd cut me a break.
" 'Corporate Headquarters' is a secret name for the Star Trek movie," she said conspiratorially. "You know how Hollywood is. Everything is very hush hush."
The same lady also noted that a "big-time director" was working on the film and that it was a prequel to the first "Star Trek" television show. (Thanks for the exclusive info!)
We were there thanks to a casting call breakdown, posted on several "Star Trek" websites, indicating that casting directors were looking for males and females ages 18 to 70 -- of any ethnicity -- to play cadets.
Specifically, they were hoping to get "fresh-faced military types regal talent with BROWN or BLACK hair AND are OK with their eyebrows being shaved from the arch outward to portray a Vulcan-type eyebrow shape."
(Why did I ever doubt myself? What kind of "Coporate Headquarters" film would need to give extras Vulcan eyebrows?)
Unusual looking people were also encouraged to come: "Talent with interesting and unique facial features such as long necks, small heads, extremely large heads, wide-set eyes, bug eyes, close-set eyes, large forehead, short upper lip, pronounced cheekbones, over- or undersized ears and/or nose, facial deformities, ultra plain-looking people, ultra perfect-looking people, pure wholesome looks, twins, triplets, emaciated talent."
Disappointingly, we didn't see too many who fit any of the above descriptions, although a man who looked a bit like an albino Christopher Walken (and who claimed he was Walken's son, flashing a photo of the two of them together to prove it) had different color eyes, if that counts.
For the record: I'm pretty sure he wasn't Walken's son, but it's a neat party trick.
Women were asked to pull their hair back in a severe ponytail and not to wear heavy makeup. The breakdown also mentioned that everyone must be thin, athletic and fit.
Indie Focus Newsletter
Movie news, screening invitations and reviews from the world of independent film and beyond.