Definition of central casting in US English:

central casting


North American
  • An agency or department that supplies actors for minor, usually stereotypical or generic film roles.

    ‘Lynch is a mild, methodical guy, a bureaucrat from central casting’
    ‘a couple of hammy doctors straight from central casting’
    • ‘She seemed to have been sent from central casting.’
    • ‘It hurts that his character is a rich suburban dad from central casting, written as flat as possible in order to maximize the contrast with his explosive moment of violence.’
    • ‘The baddies are right out of central casting, eccentric to the hilt.’
    • ‘They weren't - I didn't get them from central casting, no matter what you've read.’
    • ‘I had no desire to be someone out of central casting for the current hit movie The Forty Year Old Virgin.’


1920s: from the name of the US organization Central Casting Corporation.