Call for the casting of “Dark Winds” on October 8 in Santa Fe

From left, Jessica Matten as Sgt. Bernadette Manuelito, executive producer Chris Eyre, and Kiowa Gordon as Jim Chee in the pilot episode of “Dark Winds.” (Michael Moriatis/Stalwart Productions/AMC)

Work on the second season of “Dark Winds” will begin soon.

Casting directors Rene Haynes and Jennifer Schwalenberg will host a casting call from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 in Santa Fe.

The casting call will be held at the Institute of Native American Arts, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, in the Performing Arts Center – east end of campus.

Haynes and Schwalenberg will see actors for various Native American roles — both speaking and starring.

The series – based on Tony Hillerman’s series and set in 1971 – follows Tribal Police Lt. Joe Leaphorn as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. He is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee.

“Dark Winds” as a TV series is a 35-year project. Robert Redford tapped into Hillerman’s book collection more than three decades ago, and the series, whose first season focuses primarily on the book “The Listening Woman,” with elements of “People of Darkness,” has found its place on AMC+ and AMC.

According to AMC, the production worked closely with the Navajo Nation. He was based at Camel Rock Studios, located on Tesuque Pueblo. Another 30% of the production was made in Cochiti Pueblo. The second season will air in 2023.

Chee, too, has some old scores to settle from his youth on the reservation.

Together, the two men fight the forces of evil, against each other and their own personal demons on the way to salvation.

According to the casting call, it is open to:

All nations, types and genders from 6 years old.

If you are unable to make the casting, please send the following, Name, recent selfie/photo (no sunglasses), height, city and state, phone number to

“‘Dark Winds’ is set in the 1970s, so we ask that you come up with a natural, era-appropriate look,” the casting directors said in a statement.

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