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Danny Boyle film expands ‘extra’ roles to include opportunities for runners and serious cyclists

The new Danny Boyle movie due to start filming in the region has widened its scope still further as it ‘urgently’ seeks to fill hundreds of extra roles for the major shoot.

Already applications have been flooding in from locals keen to work on the Oscar-winning director’s eagerly-awaited film sequel 28 Years Later, in response to its call-out ahead of the start of filming in May. Now, following on from its quest to find outdoor types – ranging from farmers to wild swimmers – it has announced new casting opportunities for others around Newcastle and Northumberland, who enjoy getting physical.

They include runners and not the usual film runner roles which involve taking messages on set but those more used to completing marathons. Given the number of locals who sign up each year to the Great North Run, this requirement might not be too far a stretch for many.

And, with just days now to go before the start of the long shoot which is expected to start in Northumberland and extend across a wide area of the region, the casting agency is inviting urgent applications from others who might be interested in taking part as it announces it is now seeking “ultra marathon runners; serious cyclists and triathletes” as well as anyone else with “lean strong physiques”.

Referring to Danny Boyle’s “amazing new film”, without revealing it is his sequel to 2002 zombie hit 28 Days Later, Casting Collective asks people to “please apply urgently” for the paid-for work. Excitement has been building over the film ever since it was revealed that work on Boyle’s latest film is to get under way here soon.

Chosen locations around Northumberland are believed to include the area around Rothbury as well as Holy Island – and up to Berwick – while Newcastle and Gateshead are set to be in on the action too, with County Durham another likely pick, although the bulk of the shoot is expected to focus upon rural locations.

Candy Marlowe, the film team’s second assistant director in charge of crowd scenes, earlier told Chroniclelive that the locations found for the film are “really working for the subject” and she is seeking to draw together a whole community of extras here to work in its big crowd scenes. Boyle -whose debut film was the Bafta-winning Shallow Grave and whose other hits include Trainspotting, The Beach and Slumdog Millionaire which won him his Best Director Oscar – will himself make the final selection of extras from the photographs applicants need to include with their online applications.

The casting call-outs, which have been seeking all ethnicities, genders and ages ranging from those with older character faces to children, have had an “amazing” response from people in the North East, said a spokeswoman for the agency who added: “We have had lots of excited applicants who are super keen to get involved with this production.”

Big names said to be earmarked for lead roles in Boyle’s film are Oscar winner and Peaky Blinders actor Cillian Murphy; King Arthur: Legend of the Sword star Charlie Hunnam, who is originally from the region, and Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer.

To apply for the newly-announced roles, which are aimed at those aged 17-plus, see here. Costume fittings and filming will take place from May.

View news Source: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/film-news/danny-boyle-film-expands-extra-29051953

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