Test shooting began Tuesday morning at Engel Stadium for Harrison Ford’s new movie, “42,” filming here this summer.

Extras in 1940s period clothing were filmed in the stands during a four-hour “float test.”

Officials with Catrett Locke Casting said they would be in Chattanooga to test inflatables they hope to use in the stands.


The “mini-audition” was a paid opportunity for everyone who was selected from a casting call announced in late March. Each of the actors made $7.50 per hour for the morning’s work.

Catrett Locke will be back in Chattanooga on Tuesday, April 10 for an open casting call at the Eastgate Town Center. According to Missy Crutchfield with the city of Chattanooga’s Department of Education, Arts and Culture, the casting call is open to anyone, and no appointment is necessary. The film’s casting representatives will be seeing people between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Crutchfield said she wasn’t sure exactly how many extras were picked for the Tuesday test at Engel Stadium.

“… There is always going to be a great turnout for anything ’42’ related.  Our community is very supportive and enthusiastic about filming and film events, and this is certainly no exception,” Crutchfield said. ” This is truly a win-win-win for Chattanooga and for our Chattanooga SE Tennessee Film Commission.”

The filming on the closed set took place amidst construction crews that are rapidly completing restoration and, in some cases, reconstruction of the historic baseball stadium.

Recent news reports say the producers of “42” intend to transform the stadium in a way that, with the help of computer-generated special effects, will have it resemble the Dodgers’ old home turf, Ebbets Field, as well as other old stadiums of the era.

Shooting is planned to begin in full starting this summer and possibly as soon as May.

Information about additional opportunities for actors and production crews are available here and here.

Updated @ 6:59 p.m. on 04/04/12 to correct a spelling error.
Updated @ 8:57 a.m. on 04/05/12 for clarity.