The HBO series “Game of Thrones”, based on the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of books by George R.R. Martin, has begun casting actors and registering extras for the third season. The Medieval fantasy drama serial will not be holding any open casting calls for extras but are accepting registration from new talent through online submissions. Principal actors are being cast in London, while the background actors are hired in Northern Ireland. Some smaller speaking roles are also cast in Ireland.
“Game of Thrones” features a large and stellar cast that includes Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish; Lena Headey as Cersei Baratheon, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros; Jack Gleeson plays Joffrey Baratheon, the Crown Prince of the Seven Kingdoms; Stephen Dillane is Stannis Baratheon, Lord of Dragonstone; Rory McCann portrays Sandor “The Hound” Clegane; Peter Dinklage as Tyrion “The Imp” Lannister; and the stunning beauty Emilia Clarke plays the popular role of Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled Princess of House Targaryen. Other cast members include Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Carice van Houten, Iain Glen, Sibel Kekilli, Sophie Turner, Richard Madden, Michelle Fairley, and Kit Harington, among many others.
Although each consecutive season is approximately based on the next book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have said that they think of Game of Thrones as an adaptation of the novel series as a whole, rather than of individual books, which gives them the liberty to move scenes back and forth across books according to the requirements of the screen adaptation. The series includes A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords (Part 1 Steel and Snow; Part 2 Blood and Gold), A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons (Part 1 Dreams and Dust; Part 2 After the Feast), The Winds of Winter (upcoming), and A Dream of Spring (upcoming).
“Game of Thrones” is having a striking impact in the economics of the United Kingdom’s Northern Ireland region. The first two seasons of “Game of Thrones” has brought $54 million USD directly into the Northern Ireland economy, where the series is filmed. The show has became a cult hit, and the first season was nominated for 13 Primetime Emmy Awards last year and won two, as well as winning Best Television Series – Drama at the Golden Globe Awards. Additional filming locations have been in Morocco for the pilot episode, Malta in season one, and Croatia in season two.
Extras Casting Details
“Game of Thrones” is currently casting for thousands of extras to take part in the production which begins filming in July, 2012. All extra work is fully paid, and there are no fees to register with the casting agency.
They need people of all ages, shapes and sizes, but for season three they specifically need the following:
• Short hair of every color.
• Shoulder length hair of every color.
• All hair lengths with and without good beards.
• Short blonde hair.
• Long dark hair and beards
• Strong and physically fit types.
• Any male amputees.
• Men with special skills: archery, combat-skills, martial arts, military experience, rowers, sailors, farmers, butchers, carpenters, iron workers, blacksmiths, weavers, medieval musicians.
• Long natural uncolored hair.
Males and Females
• Over 18 years of age and under 5ft in height.
• Unusual, timeless and character-full faces.
You MUST be flexible and available to work week days. Game of Thrones does not shoot during the weekends.
Costume fittings begin in June, therefore early registration is highly advisable.
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Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
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Note: Various directors work different episodes during the season. In television shows composed of individual episodes, the television director’s role differs from that of a film director in that he or she may work only on some television episodes as opposed to the director of an entire film production. In episodic television productions, the major creative control resides with a producer of the show. The television producer(s) with creative control is called the showrunner(s) (in this case, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).
Aidan Gillen – Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
Lena Headey – Cersei Baratheon
Jack Gleeson – Joffrey Baratheon
Stephen Dillane – Stannis Baratheon
Rory McCann – Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
Peter Dinklage – Tyrion “The Imp” Lannister
Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen
Alfie Allen – Theon Greyjoy
Nikolaj Coster Waldau – Jaime Lannister
Carice van Houten – Priestess Melisandre
Iain Glen – Ser Jorah Mormont
Sibel Kekilli – Shae
Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark
Richard Madden – Robb Stark
Michelle Fairley – Catelyn Stark
Kit Harington – Jon Snow
Set in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, Game of Thrones chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the kingdom’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne. The series takes place in a fictional world where seasons may last for years, and it follows three principal storylines that are divided by geography and participants. All events are told from the perspective of viewpoint characters. The main storyline chronicles a many-sided power struggle for the Iron Throne of Westeros after King Robert’s death in the first book, A Game of Thrones. The second storyline takes place on the extreme northern border of Westeros, where an enormous wall of ice, constructed over thousands of years, defends Westeros from the “Others”, creatures believed to be mythical at the start of the series, and have ancient powers. The third storyline is set on a huge eastern continent named Essos and follows the adventures of Daenerys Targaryen, another claimant to the Iron Throne as the last known scion of House Targaryen.