August 24, 2008

Text Joy As Extras Hear They Are in Wonderland

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Film fever is sweeping across Plymouth as dozens of people find out whether they have been selected to star in a major Hollywood blockbuster.

For the past two days, casting agents for the forthcoming Alice in Wonderland film have been texting around 250 people to let them know if they have been successful.

Earlier this month, there were incredible scenes outside The New Continental Hotel month when thousands of people queued for hours in horrendous rain to audition for a part as an extra.

It has also been revealed that the film's production company will use Devonport Guildhall during the first and second weeks of September as a costume fitting location.

Ellie Studden, aged 17, from Southway, found out yesterday afternoon that she had been successful.

The Plymouth High School For Girls student said: "I can't believe my luck. It's just brilliant. I am really happy. I got the text and I screamed!

"My sister ran in the room and asked if everything was all right. I'm really pleased because there were so many people at the auditions, I didn't think I had the chance. I was just really surprised to get the text."

Another successful applicant, unemployed Roy Spencer from Tavistock, described it as being a "once in a lifetime opportunity".

The 37-year-old said: "I was quite confident I'd get through. The girls seemed to outnumber the guys at the auditions, and I knew I was what they were looking for.

"I found out on Thursday and went out to celebrate. I've never done anything like this before and it could lead onto other things.

"It's the opportunity of a lifetime really."

James Rimmer, from Weston Mill said he found out on Wednesday that he had been successful.

"I'm really chuffed," said the 23-year-old university student.

"It's just not something that happens every day.

"I've spoken to the casting agents and they have asked me to grow my sideburns for the part. It's all very surreal really."

As revealed in The Herald yesterday, Antony House near Torpoint has been selected as one of the locations for Alice in Wonderland. The film, due for release in 2010, will be shown in 3-D. It has all the hallmarks of a massive box office hit, and will be directed by the international acclaimed director, Tim Burton.

It is also widely rumoured that it will star Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.

Burton has made his name with a string of hit films, including Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd - both of which starred the A- listed Depp.

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