‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Puts Out Casting Call for Hairy, Burned, and ‘Funny Looking’ Actors
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James Cameron's "Avatar" sequels are already back in production in New Zealand, and the next major Hollywood project that is expected to be filmed again is Amazon's "Lord of the Rings" television series. The New Zealand talent agency BGT Actors Models & Talent has released an open casting call for "funny looking" actors or people with scars, burns, missing bones and more (via The Guardian) who are most likely to appear as extras in the series. BGT supplied extras for Peter Jackson's film franchise "Lord of the Rings".
BGT is located in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, and calls on actors in the region who “face burns, long, thin limbs, acne scars, deep cheekbones, a bulbous or interesting nose, protruding ears, facial lines, missing bones, big eyes, thin faces and more. "Also desirable are" androgynous men and women, hairy, hairy people of all ages and ethnicities, juggling circus performers, stocky, looking bikers and red heads of all ages, shapes and sizes ". The casting call is only for people who are based in New Zealand or who have a valid New Zealand work visa.
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The Guardian reports that the "Lord of the Rings" series had already released an open casting call for actors in October that was "particularly large (over 1.95 m), small (under 1.5 m), androgynous or hairy" were. The booker, who wrote the casting call, was unable to confirm to The Guardian that it was the Amazon series, but the publication reports that the casting call was released on social media and the “Lord of the Rings “Was mentioned before it was removed.
The Lord of the Rings series ceased production in March due to the pandemic. New Zealand is the first country where Hollywood productions like “Avatar” can start filming again. The UK is next up with Jurassic World: Dominion, which is expected to resume production in the first full week of July.
Amazon signed a television rights contract for The Lord of the Rings in November 2017 that was reported to be worth $ 250 million. The streaming giant is expected to spend up to $ 1 billion on the production of five seasons of the show. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay act as showrunners. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" filmmaker J.A. Bayona heads the first two parts of the series. The cast mainly consists of newcomers, including Morfydd Clark, Nazanin Boniadi, Robert Aramayo, Tom Budge, Dylan Smith and Owain Arthur.
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