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CASSANDRA HAN

Casting Director

Cassandra Han began casting in the early 1990s in New York. After moving to Europe in 2003, she now specializes in crossing over between the European and UK/US markets, casting mainly in German, Italian and English. 


Recent work includes two Paramount+ series: a German Original entitled ONE TRILLION DOLLARS (Wiedemann & Berg TV) and American roles for the Italian Original MISS FALLACI (Casting by Maurilio Mangano). UK Casting includes the upcoming Italian Netflix series STORIA DELLA MIA FAMIGLIA (Casting by Davide Zurolo). She also just closed the cast of a Somali-language feature, SAMIA, based on the true story of a female Olympic athlete from Mogadishu. BAD DIRECTOR, by German auteur Oskar Roehler, will be released in 2024.


Casting Italy credits include James Mangold’s Oscar-winning FORD VS FERRARI (Casting by Ronna Kress), Terrence Malick’s A HIDDEN LIFE (Casting by Anja Dihrberg) and two seasons of Gaumont Germany’s Netflix series BARBARIANS (Casting by Iris Baumüller). Other recent credits include co-casting with Marta Kownacka on the award-winning Polish WWII feature FILIP from Akson Studios (Veronika Migoń casting award nomination); US roles for the Latvian/Italian feature MASAS; the quirky French/Indian animated film SCHIRKOA; Dror Zahavi’s feature about a Palestinian-Israeli youth orchestra, CRESCENDO; and UK casting for the ARD series EIN HAUCH VON AMERIKA.


Cassandra is President of the CSA European Board of Governors and a Board Member of the International Casting Directors Association (ICDA). A founding member of the Italian branch of Women in Film, Television and Media, she is also a member of the European Film Academy and the Deutsche Filmakademie. She was a jury member for the 2021 European Shooting Stars (EFP) at the Berlinale and for the 2023 Black Nights Stars in Tallinn.


Back in the 1990s, Cassandra was a founding member of Ethan Hawke's NY theater company Malaparte. She holds an MFA in acting from Trinity Repertory Company and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

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LORENZO VITI

Casting Director

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Lorenzo’s background is in architecture, but he’s been working in film for nearly a decade now. He started off in casting, with associate credits that range from Terrence Malick’s A HIDDEN LIFE (Cannes 2019) to James Mangold’s FORD VS. FERRARI for Twentieth Century Fox (for Oscar nominations) to the hit Netflix series BARBARIANS for Gaumont. In 2020, he did Italy Casting for WAS WIR WOLLTEN, which was nominated for three Austrian Film Awards and two Romys. Lorenzo founded and serves as managing director for Background Players, which provided location casting services for such projects as Evi Romen’s award-winning debut feature HOCHWALD, the Sky One series A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and Ulrich Köhler’s IN MY ROOM, which premiered at Cannes in 2018. Lorenzo recently co-founded Enrosadira Pictures and is currently producing the documentary feature ENDGAME: THE SOUTH TYROL 1945 and has two feature films in development.

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CHIARA PETTINARI

Casting Associate

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Chiara is currently a Casting Associate on numerous projects for Cassandra Han Casting, after having worked as a Casting Assistant on Season Two of BARBARIANS (produced by Gaumont for Netflix, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky), FILIP (produced by Akson Studio, directed by Michał Kwieciński), SISTERS (produced by Albolina Film, directed by Linda Olte), ON THIN ICE (directed by Ernst Gossner) and SHELTER FROM THE STORM (directed by Jake Weber). She worked on the sales team of Universal Pictures Italia - Home Entertainment and in the Content Proposition and VOD Strategy and Performances team of Sky Italia. Chiara graduated with top honors in Economics and Management of Cultural Heritage and Entertainment at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, with a thesis on international co-productions for film and TV, and then in Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment at Università Bocconi, with a thesis on the impact of socio-political influences in the assignment of Oscar awards. She has been a member of the Bocconi Cinema Association and worked as an assistant for the Trailers FilmFest in Milan. She has rounded out her studies with courses in filmmaking at ALMED in Milan and the School of Visual Arts in New York, and participated in the MIA New Generation 2020 training program at the MIA Market in Rome.

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ELLIS FORTE

Casting Assistant

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Ellis joined Cassandra Han Casting in February 2022 after graduating with a first class English degree from the University of St Andrews (minoring in film). He is currently working as a Casting Assistant on multiple projects and is also a Production Assistant on Enrosadira Pictures' documentary feature ENDGAME: THE SOUTH TYROL 1945.

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