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Extras Needed For Irish shoot of Michael Hirst’s ‘Vikings’
14 Jun 2012 : By Steve Cummins
Gabriel Byrne will star in 'Vikings'
The History Channel’s mini-series ‘Vikings’ needs thousands of extras for the upcoming series, which stars Irish actor Gabriel Byrne.

The production is holding three open casting days, two in Dublin on June 19 and 20, and one in Wicklow, on June 22.

The 10-part series is the History Channel’s first ever scripted series, and starts shooting in the newly-designed Ashford Studios in Ballyhenry in July.

Irish actor Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment) has already been confirmed to play the lead role of Earl Haraldson, a political leader whose position is threatened by young descendant of the gods, Ragnor Lothbrok. English actor George Blagden (Wrath of the Titans) has also been confirmed to play Athelstan.

‘The Tudors’ creator Michael Hirst has developed ‘The Vikings’, which is a co-production between Wicklow-based World 2000 Entertainment and Toronto-based Take 5 Productions. Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 will produce, with Hirst acting as executive producer.

As exclusively revealed on IFTN last month, Swedish director Johan Renck will direct the first three episodes of the epic series.

Extras of all ethnic backgrounds, all shapes and all sizes, both male and female, are being sought for an 18-week shoot in Ballyhenry.

The production team are mainly looking for adults, but some children may be cast on the day. Extras will be paid for their time, and those with already established skills such as fishermen, sailors, blacksmiths and nurses are encouraged to try out.

Those with beards and naturally coloured hair, both long and short, may be given preference. People from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend the casting auditions on the following days:

June 19&20: Dublin, anytime between 11.30am and 7pm at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

June 22: Wicklow, anytime between 12pm and 5pm at The Grand Hotel, Abbey Street, Wicklow Town.

For further enquiries please phone 040478758 or email vikingextras@gmail.com. Further information can also be found on Facebook.

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