The Tramp’s New World (seeking theatrical actor to play renowned writer James Agee in feature film)

Jennifer Ajemian Casting
New York, NY 10023

Job Details


Project Synopsis
After the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, renowned journalist & film critic James Agee urged his hero Charlie Chaplin to bring back the Tramp. Agee wrote a screenplay called “The Tramp’s New World” and sent it to Chaplin, insisting that the Tramp’s humor and grace were essential to help the world heal from this tragedy. This narrative film is the cinematic equivalent to a one-man play, and focuses on the treatment Agee created for Chaplin. As this intimate portrait unfolds, we see Agee in the process of writing and through the force of his imagination, bringing The Tramp’s New World to life. In terms of spirit, this film is similar to Abel Ferrara’s film Pasolini.  

About the Writer/Director
Born and bred in Edinburgh, Zoe Beloff studied painting and drawing before moving to New York to attend Columbia University’ s MFA Film program. She is an artist & filmmaker whose projects often involve a range of media including films, drawings and archival documents organized around a theme. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings, including the Whitney Museum, SITE Santa Fe, the M HKA museum in Antwerp, and the Pompidou Center in Paris. She has been awarded fellowships from the Graham Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.   

[JAMES AGEE]. Male. Caucasian. 35-45 years old. Brown hair (no blondes) and light-colored eyes (preferable but not required). Agee was an untidy man with a mountaineer’s body (tall, long boned but not massive). A MAN’S MAN and attractive in a bad boy kind of way. Vivacious, thoughtful and charismatic, Agee charmed everyone with his discernible Southern accent and manners. His slablike hands were very expressive when he spoke. Born in a cultivated and upper-middle class home, Agee and his father went to the cinema to see Charlie Chaplin’s films. He later became a novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. A sensitive and spiritual writer, he brought film criticism to a new level of intellect that changed the public’s view of what film could be. He relied on liquor and Benzedrine to carry him through life, at times experiencing dark knights of the soul. When asked to write Time’s cover-story reaction to the bombing of Hiroshima, Agee became obsessed with the fate of mankind in the new world of atomic threat and channeled his worst fears into the screenplay The Tramp’s New World. A reflection of Agee’s poetic imagination and deep appreciation for Chaplin, Agee also wrote about his efforts to interest Chaplin in his film ideas and how following these attempts, Chaplin became a dear friend and profound influence in both his life and art. LEAD. 

**Talent must resemble the real James Agee. See photo reference by visiting the link provided in the application section of this notice.**


September 9, 2019 – September 22, 2019


SAG-AFTRA ULB agreement