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History Channel needs 8,000 Viking extras

March 31, 2015

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A horde of Viking hopefuls are set to descend on Dublin this Tuesday and Wednesday as the History Channel begin to set Ragnar Lothbrok and his roving tribe’s latest adventures in motion.

 

The popular History Channel show Vikings is casting for its fourth series, which will again be filmed in Ireland between April and December.

The docu-drama stars Australian Travis Fimmel as King Lothbrok. It tells the story of the mythical Norse hero as he and his Viking tribe execute raids throughout England, France and northern Europe.

The new series is understood to centre on King Lothbrok’s son Bjorn and will reportedly run to 16 episodes.

An open casting call is due to take place at Filmbase on Curved Street in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

The Canadian/Irish production has said it needs to find a minimum of 8,000 extras of all ethnic backgrounds to work on the new season.

People with specific skillsets such as archers, fishermen, musicians, animal handlers, blacksmiths, tree surgeons, whittlers and carpenters are particularly sought after – with the filmmakers keen to create an authentic setting.

Producers for the show have published a list of requirements on the Vikings Extras Facebook page.

It details a number of requirements, including:

  • People over 6ft and sporty
  • No visible tattoos
  • Males with long hair and beards
  • Women with naturally coloured hair
  • Men and women with punk style haircuts
  • Irish residents
  • Applicants must be 16 and over

 

However, organisers say that the list is by no means an exhaustive one.

The first stage of casting is due to begin at Filmbase on Tuesday, 31 March at 9.30am and on Wednesday 1 April from 9.30 until 5pm.

For those unable to make Tuesday’s application process, there will be another opportunity to display your Norse attributes at the Grand Hotel, Abbey Street in Wicklow town.

Auditions will take place at the Wicklow hotel on 7 April between 10am-6pm.

Source: UTV

 

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Michael Hirst: I’m writing series four

March 30, 2015

As the addictive mix of family drama, breathtaking violence and Norse mythology returns to History, the man who brought The Tudors to life says the saga could run and run

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In different hands, a drama about Vikings from the History channel could have been humourless and dull, but The Tudors creator Michael Hirst is the man who made Henry VIII’s court as soapy and steamy as a laundry, and with Aussie pants-model-turned-actor Travis Fimmel bringing an irresistible boyish charisma to the central role of Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok, this engaging mix of family drama, rustic politics and bloody violence quickly turns out to be highly addictive.

Good news, then, for fans of sexy history, as Hirst tells RadioTimes.com that not only is he working on a fourth season that will be longer than the previous ten-part series, but also that the show could run and run.

“I’ve written five episodes [of season four]. We’re going to do more episodes this year, I think we’re doing 16,” says Hirst. “I have a huge hope that we can continue [beyond that].”

 

The key to the drama’s potential longevity is that it’s based on the reasonably well-documented mythology-cum-history of Ragnar and his heirs, which means that **SPOILER ALERT** even after Fimmel’s character meets his demise (in a snake pit at the hands of Northumbrian King Aelle, if the series follows the ancient records) his sons – real historical Viking leaders Ivar the Boneless and Bjorn Ironsides – will be there to pick up the story.

“I always anticipated continuing with Ragnar’s sons because many of them became as famous, if not more famous, than he was,” says Hirst. “There was the rather remarkably named Ivar the Boneless and Ragnar’s elder son [Bjorn] who sailed around the Mediterranean, and then they went to Iceland and Greenland.

“So much happened in the early years of the Vikings it’s incredible, which is why I wanted to start at what was essentially regarded as the beginning of the Viking age.”

The saga of when and where to watch Vikings is as complex as Ragnar’s own adventures. It premieres in the US on History before becoming available to UK viewers on Amazon Prime and finally arriving back on History in this country.

Season two comes to History here from Tuesday 24th March, with the third run currently landing one episode at a time on Amazon and the previous two also available there, as well as on DVD.

Hirst dislikes fantasy drama and isn’t keen for his show to be compared with Game of Thrones but if you’ve never seen Vikings and like the HBO series there’s much you’ll probably enjoy about Vikings. It’s smaller in scale but feels more personal for it, not least because we spend so much time so closely involved with Ragnar, his family and his ridiculously blue eyes. But it shares Thrones’ political wrangling and bloody violence as well as the gorgeously shot landscapes of Northern Ireland, where much of Game of Thrones is filmed.

Although Ragnar’s journey – both to foreign lands and up the bloody pole of Viking nobility – is the main focus of the series, the other stand-out character is his wife Lagetha (Katheryn Winnick). A kick-ass warrior mum with the political wisdom to advance on her own in Viking society, she should be the poster girl for strong female characters in TV drama.

Compared with Tudor Britain, 13th century Scandinavia looks pretty feminist. And with leads like Fimmel and Winnick it definitely has something for both the men and the ladies…

Source: RadioTimes

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