central casting

noun

Definition of central casting

: the department of a movie studio responsible for casting actors especially viewed as a source of people who are stereotypical of their role in appearance, behavior, or nature a politician right out of central casting

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The new episodes dispense with the Greek chorus of Monterey citizens discussing the women and also gives far more screen time to Bonnie, the only woman of color in the central cast. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 is almost as exquisite as the original," 7 June 2019 Dark Phoenix starts with a glimmer of hope that this central cast could go somewhere interesting if given one more shot. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Dark Phoenix isn’t an epic X-Men conclusion—but it’s a darned good teen flick," 7 June 2019 For the series finale, a few Reddit posts foresee our central cast of characters finishing up in a Medium Place — not the idealistic heaven presented in the show's pilot. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 6 Craziest ‘The Good Place’ Fan Theories on Reddit," 16 May 2019 Kaori is an entrepreneurial psychic, and Chet a bully out of central casting whose cruel act leads to Virgil’s predicament and his guinea pig’s too. Susan Faust, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of children’s books," 24 Feb. 2018 Hay is right out of central casting for the role of Hollywood naturalist. Brett Mcnish, Smithsonian, "A Smithsonian Horticulturist Goes on a Quest for an Historic Seedling," 15 Feb. 2018 The tall, curly-haired brunette stands out; central casting circa 1935 would have hired her to play the role of feisty female archaeologist in some exotic locale. Jude Isabella, Smithsonian, "How Japan’s Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance," 18 Oct. 2017

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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central casting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of central casting

informal : the department at a movie company that chooses which actor will play each part

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