Guest: Ellen Lewis, Casting Director
Our guest Ellen Lewis is the legendary casting director behind movies such as Goodfellas, Forrest Gump and The Wolf of Wall Street. She joins host Christina Jeurling Birro to share the unique process that went into casting Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film The Post.
With Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks already attached, Lewis set about to cast the large cast to play the real-life journalists and political figures in the script. The stellar ensemble includes Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon, David Cross, and so many more!
We were honored to be joined by Lewis in our first season, a real portrait of her amazing career. This interview is included here as a postscript and is not to be missed!
Ellen Lewis started her career working alongside Juliet Taylor, the casting director for The Exorcist, Schindler’s List, Taxi Driver and Woody Allen’s many films. Since then she has been casting director for over 80 films and TV shows including The Post, The Age of Innocence, Casino, The Departed, Her and Boardwalk Empire. Most recently she worked on Ready Player One, which is now in post-production.