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CMT Looking to Cast the Million Dollar Quartet for New Series

Nationwide Casting Search for Young Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Others to Be Held in Memphis on Saturday, February 13

CMT is partnering with the producer of the Emmy Award-winning miniseries Hatfields & McCoys to adapt the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet into an eight-episode scripted drama premiering later this year. The announcement was made Wednesday (Feb. 3).

The series is timed to the historic 60th anniversary of the famed Million Dollar Quartet recording sessions featuring icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, Million Dollar Quartet (working title) tells the untold true story of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound and changed the course of music forever. The series chronicles these young artists’ often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest.

Beginning today, CMT and Thinkfactory Media will begin a nationwide casting search for actors to portray young Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, Elvis’ girlfriend, Trixie, and supporting roles. Auditions will be held at the historic Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School (formerly Humes High), Presley’s alma mater, on February 13.

The line for casting forms at 7 a.m. for a 9 a.m. casting call and those auditioning are asked to arrive in 1950s hair and wardrobe. For more information on the casting call, visit www.mdqseries.com. Production is set to begin in Memphis this spring.

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