10,000 Spaniards apply to be extras on Game of Thrones TV series
The Guardian in Barcelona
More than 10,000 Spaniards have applied to work as extras on Game of Thrones, one of the world's most popular television series, part of which will be shot in southern Spain later this year.
With the country having one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe, it is hardly surprising that the Spanish firm in charge of producing the fifth series has been inundated with requests from people eager to appear on the show.
"Thank you for wanting to participate," said Fresco Film Services following the huge response. "In less than 24 hours we have received more than 10,000 requests."
The Malaga-based firm had earlier put two e-mail addresses on its page, one for extras and the other for technical crew. A spokesman said Fresco had met their technical requirements.
The casting is only for extras, not for speaking parts. The firm says its confidentiality agreement with producer HBO prevents it from revealing more details.
Extras' casting would take place until September and the shoot is expected to begin in October. Various locations around Seville have been proposed, including the Moorish palace Real Alcazar, and various places in the Osuna region.
The University of Osuna, which is built in the Italian renaissance style and is topped by four blue-tiled cylindrical spires, is tipped as another location. The radio network Cadena SER has speculated that the Real Alcazar will be transformed into the Water Gardens of Dorne, the private residence of the House of Martell.
Previous series of Game of Thrones, which commands audiences of around 18 million in the US, have been shot in Iceland and Croatia, and filming of this fifth series begins in Northern Ireland later this month.