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Spaniards in quest to be extras in Game of Thrones

July 7, 2014

Stephen Burgen Barcelona

It is one of the world's most popular TV series and it is planning to film its next series in a country with one of the worst jobless rates in Europe. So it is no surprise that the firm in charge of producing the fifth series of Game of Thrones has been overwhelmed with requests from people eager to appear in the hit show.

More than 10,000 Spaniards have applied to work as extras in the show, part of which is to be shot in southern Spain this year, according to the Spanish production company involved.

"Thank you for wanting to participate," said Fresco Film Services. "In less than 24 hours we have received more than 10,000 requests." A spokesman said Fresco had already met its requirements for technicians.

The casting is only for extras, not for speaking parts. The firm says its confidentiality agreement with the producer HBO prevents it from revealing more details.

Casting of extras takes place in September and the shoot is expected to begin in October. Various locations around Seville have been proposed, including the Moorish palace of Alcazar (as the Water Gardens of Dorne, the private residence of the House of Martell), and in Osuna.

Osuna University, which is built in the renaissance style and is topped by four blue spires, is tipped as another location. Previous series of Game of Thrones have been shot in Iceland and Croatia, and filming starts in Belfast this month.

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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