Cassandra Han is an American casting director for feature films and television series. She has been based in Europe for 17 years, and specializes in crossing over between the Italian, German, US and UK markets.
Recent casting director credits include Curon (Indiana) a new Netflix series to be released in the summer of 2020 and Crescendo, an award-winning arthouse feature directed by Dror Zahavi and inspired by a real-life youth orchestra composed entirely of Palestinian and Israeli musicians. Her Ötzi and the Mystery of Time, produced by One More Pictures in association with RAI Cinema, won Best Film at the 2018 Giffoni Festival.
On a national level, Cassandra recently did Italy casting for Ronna Kress in Ford v. Ferrari (four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture), directed by James Mangold for Twentieth Century Fox and with Matt Damon, Christian Bale, and Remo Girone as Enzo Ferrari. For the upcoming Netflix/Gaumont series The Barbarians, she cast the Roman roles for Iris Baumüller, with whom she also worked on Til Schweiger's Honey in the Head. She also did UK casting for Little America (ARD/Degeto) and found American actors based in Europe for Resilient by Roberto Faenza (Jean Vigo/RAI). South Tyrol casting work includes two project with Anja Dihrberg: A Hidden Life by Terrence Malick (Cannes 2019) and Narziss und Goldmund by Stefan Ruzowitsky. Other local casting includes Amelie rennt (German Film Award 2018, Berlinale 2017), for which she co-street cast the male and La Corrispondenza, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore.
Cassandra started off in casting back in New York in the 1990s, working with Sheila Jaffe and Georgianne Walken. She also worked for one of Broadway’s top commercial producers, Richard Frankel. Other theater experience includes three summers at the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse and two seasons at the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Cassandra was also a founding member of Ethan Hawke’s New York-based theater company, Malaparte.
Cassandra holds an MFA in acting from Trinity Repertory Company, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA), the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN) and a founding member of the Italian branch of Women in Film, Television and Media.