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Cumbernauld’s actors get set; casting opens for Outlander extras

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Published at 20:25 on 26 July 2013.
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THE casting of extra roles in the US tv production of Outlander appears to be well underway.

The Herald and Cumbernauld Media broke the news last Saturday (July 20th) that the new US tv series will be produced in Cumbernauld, with on-set filming due to take place throughout Scotland.

The show’s filming and production will bring in an estimated £20million to the Scottish coffers, and will see around 200 crew and 2000 extras cast for the show, which will be made in conjunction with US cable network Starz and Sony Pictures Television.

This week, though, it seems that casting for the thousands of extras is well underway with GBM Casting at the forefront of bringing the tv show to life.

“GBM Casting is one of Scotland's more established Casting Agencies, specialising in providing Supporting Artists to the TV, Film and Advertising Industries,” a spokesperson for the firm said.

“We are based in Glasgow and can provide a wide range of Supporting Artists all over Scotland.

“GBM Casting have been supplying reliable and flexible people to a wide variety of TV, Film, Radio, Photographic and Commercial productions since 2003.”

A converted warehouse in Cumbernauld will be used for up to 38 weeks, between now and next year, as part of the production, which will see 16 episodes of the show produced, ready to be aired on US television, next year.
An adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series of seven books –which sold more than 20 million copies, the show Outlander tells the story of characters Clair and James Fraser, who use time travel to travel between the 18th and 20th century periods of Scotland.

The spokesperson for GBM Casting continued: “We seek people who have good availability, can be flexible and (mostly) have their own transport.”

Scottish actor Sam Heughan has been declared as the face behind the lead male role. Mr Heughan was trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and has appeared in TV productions such as Doctors and River City, although this could be his biggest yet; working alongside a number of stars including Outlander’s series’ writer and executive producer, Ronald D Moore – whose credentials include Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Since the announcement was made about the series filming in Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond has said he wants to see a “lasting legacy” from the show’s mission to Scotland, in a move which will see Scots art body, Creative Scotland, help fund the show’s production, including the construction of a brand new production facility here in Cumbernauld.

The casting of extras has also been eagerly anticipated by some local actors who are hoping to land a role in the series when filming gets underway later this way.

“Extras are wanted for Outlander, filming in Cumbernauld and the Scottish Central Belt,” the GBM Casting spokesperson added. 

“As it is set in 1790’s and 1940’s Scotland, we are looking for long haired men and women with natural hair (unless it’s one natural colour), no tattoos or piercings and of slim build; 1940’s male hair shouldn’t be too short (short back & sides is the minimum) and naturally coloured, no tattoos. 

“We have an age range of between 16 and 50 year,” the spokesperson added. “Any horse riding, cart driving, sword fighting and rifle shooting experience would be a helpful too. 

“If you feel you fit the criteria then please send an email with a recent photo, measurements and skills to, with the reference "Outlander". GBM will not charge a joining fee for this production.”

Shooting for Outlander will kick off in September, with the project being produced by Left Bank Pictures, Tall Ship Productions, and Story Mining & Supply Company.

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