Monday, December 23, 2019

Toothless? Hairy? Wrinkled? A stocky mean-looking biker? This upcoming fantasy series is desperately looking for ugly faces as extras.

If you're extremely short, extremely tall, missing teeth or are toothless, wrinkled, very hairy, have an "androgynous look" or if you're a stocky, mean-looking biker the upcoming new fantasy TV drama series based on The Lord of the Rings that will be filming in New Zealand is looking for you.

The new Amazon Original drama series from Amazon Studios based on J.R.R. Tolkien's famous book series is desperately searching for flawed-faced extras to appear as creatures in the series that will start filming in 2020 for Amazin Prime Video.

New Zealand's casting agencies are now scouring the globe in search of the perfect ugly telegenic faces to bring the many characters of the fantasy series to life.

Only people who are New Zealand residents or who hold a valid New Zealand work visa can apply on the casting agency's website.

The expensive, as-yet-untitled 5 seasons series will be set during the Second Age and will include the island and era of NĂºmenor. In the Tolkien mythology, the Second Age was the time period when the Rings of Power - including Sauron's One Ring who himself was still human - came into existence.

Lord of the Rings is produced by Amazon Studios, in co-operation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment and is rumoured to start around 2021. The cost will come in at $1 billion for at least 5 seasons.

On Facebook the casting agency says that the series is looking for short people - shorter than 5 foot (1.5 m), people taller than6 foot 5 (1.9 m), "character faces, wrinkles and lots of them please", androgynous men and women, "hairy, hairy people of all ages and ethnicities", tall, long lithe dancers, circus performers who can juggle and stilt walk, as well as "stocky, mean-looking bikers.

Eurasian people of all ages, Hispanic people (Latino, Mexican and South American) as well as "red heads - all ages, shapes and sizes" are called to apply.

"If you have natural red hair, white hair and lots and lots of freckles" the casting agency is looking for you - most likely to play an elf or hobbit extra.

Meanwhile Amazon Studios announced that Morfydd Clark, currently in HBO's fantasy series His Dark Materials on Showmax, was cast in the role of a young Galadriel. Cate Blanchett played the character in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film series.