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CASTING CALL (Drama / Thriller)

Log Line

When two sisters leave the farm for the dream of stardom in Los Angeles, the one with talent learns the stark reality of the fast lane and the one with reality is cast into a real-life role of revenge for her sister's rape, then as a vigilante against child pornographers and sex traffickers.

Script Info

Script Type: Television
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Length: 48 pages
Est. Budget: $1M - $5M

Screenplay Synopsis

Casting Call is the Pilot for a 60-minute dramatic TV series.

Logline: When two sisters leave the farm for the dream of stardom in Los Angeles, the one with talent learns the stark reality of the fast lane and the one with reality is cast into a real-life role of revenge for her sister's rape, then as a vigilante against child pornographers and sex traffickers.

Sisters Lyla and Sara Collins both have the same dream; to leave the farm outside of Des Moines, IA and make it in Hollywood. Unfortunately, their father wants them to stay and help with the workload so parental support is non-existent. Casting Call is the story of their transformative journey into the fast lanes of Los Angeles, culminating in life-changing events for both of them.

Sara, the youngest, has rare talents; she can both sing and act, unlike her big sister, who has her own way of getting into show business as a rough and tumble stunt woman. Being new to the big city and unaware that casting calls can sometimes be more like the cattle calls of home, Sara is tricked by the advertising of the antagonist who runs a company that puts out bogus casting calls to get girls interested in non-existing parts. The company then sells zoom calls with the girls to their male customers who pretend to be in the entertainment business. Sara responds to one of these fake casting calls and falls for the overtures of the man on the other end of the zoom call. She is raped.

After the police and the lawyers have failed, and reluctant to tell her father, who told them not to come to L.A, Lyla comes for revenge with the help of a rape counseling center. She concocts her own scheme to get into the offices of the casting company and kill the men responsible for ruining the hopes of many girls like Sara. Unknown to Lyla, however, is that she is actually being cast to play a real-life role, to be a warrior in the war against sex traffickers and child pornographers.

The serious tone of the program brings forth the horrors of the worst treatment women endure. As a series, the title is The Farmer's Daughters, and the pilot episode Casting Call. Similar to Dexter, Taken, and 24, the subjects tackled are life-threatening, harsh material with a protagonist who is strong-willed and determined.

Sara and Lyla, arrive in town with the excitement of their new lives. Over the course of the first episode, Sara is transformed from a confident, talented, optimistic dreamer to a stark realist, and Lyla from a man-like farm girl who dreams of getting a man to man-hating revenge assassin and private investigator.

The antagonists, JEB, 30's and his partner BO, 50's, are clever, cunning businessmen who know how to prey on women's emotions and dreams for their own sexual and monetary benefit.

The series follows an investigative format, but on the private side, with law enforcement often an impediment. Assisting Lyla and Sara is the OWNER of a rape-counseling center who, like Charley in Charley's Angels, remains in the background but assists and directs the real life dramas. This format draws on real life cases like NCIS, lending itself to multiple seasons.

About This Screenplay

I am a retired lawyer who has dealt with some of these issues