Published Jun 24, 2020As TV and film industries begin to reopen, a New Zealand talent agency is getting some attention through a bizarre casting call for the upcoming Lord of the Rings television adaptation.
Auckland talent booker BGT is seeking "funky looking" people to appear in the Amazon Studios production, set to begin filming again after production was halted by COVID-19 in March.
"Funky looking people needed!" a Facebook post from the company reads. "Do you have an overbite, face burns, long skinny limbs, deep cheekbones, lines on your face, acne scars, ears that stick out, bulbous or interesting noses, small eyes, big eyes, any deformities, skinny faces, missing limbs — do you look unusual?"
BGT has provided extras for Lord of the Rings productions since Peter Jackson shot his original trilogy in New Zealand in the early 2000s. A similar call-out from the agency last October asked for "androgynous men and women," "hairy hairy people of all ages and ethnicities" and "tall, long lithe dancers."
Any "funky looking" hopefuls aiming to land a role must be a a New Zealand resident or the holder of a work visa for the country, but that hasn't stopped people from tagging friends in the comments.
Amazon's forthcoming Lord of the Rings series, expected to debut next year, is said to follow storylines set in author J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, before the events of Jackson's acclaimed trilogy.
As previously reported, director J.A. Bayona will helm the project.