August 8, 2008

Disney Set to Shoot Film in City – and You Could Be in It

And hundreds of Plymothians will have the chance to get themselves seen by an audience of millions on the silver screen by starring as extras in the film.

A casting event is taking place in Plymouth this week, from which 250 extras will be chosen.

Shooting will take place in the city in September for two weeks, and the hunt is now on for extras to take part in scenes set in Victorian times.

The name of the Disney/Burton film has not been publicly confirmed. However, an industry source told The Herald it will be a major new adaptation of the timeless Lewis Carroll favourite.

The filming locations in the city also remain a closely guarded secret, but impressive historic properties like Saltram House, Mount Edgcumbe and the Royal William Yard are strong contenders.

The film, which is due for release in 2010, will be shown in 3- D, and has all the hallmarks of a massive box office hit.

Director Burton has already made his name on hit films, including Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands, which also starred A-lister Depp.

The pair have teamed up on numerous other major films, like the recent smash-hit Sweeney Todd. Australian newcomer Mia Wasikowska will play the part of Alice.

The film's casting agents are at the New Continental Hotel, Plymouth, on Wednesday and Thursday this week, between 10am and 6pm, auditioning for paid extras. There is a minimum age limit of 16.

Ilenka Jelowicki, who has cast for James Bond movie Casino Royale and is company director for Mad Dog, said: "We are looking for people above the age of 16 who have naturally coloured hair.

"We would prefer girls with long hair and men with natural styles. Extras will get to dress up in Victorian period costume, corsets and wigs and will have their make-up done.

"We would also like people whose work allows the flexibility of two weeks' worth of filming.

"Being an extra is not just about being a blur in the background, it can lead to fantastic opportunities."

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