Casting call for Cumbernauld sci-fi production

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 18:11 on 19 May 2015

Entertainment    Television    Outlander

The former Isola warehouse could become Scotland's first national Film Studio. Picture: courtesy of Bill Henry.

POTENTIAL Robert De Niro’s and Audrey Hepburn’s are being asked to come forward as a new television production looks set to film in Cumbernauld.

Over the past few months various social media accounts have had appeals from the London-based casting agency, 2020 Casting, for potential local actors to come forward for the production of a new sci-fi television show in Cumbernauld.

2020 Casting has been scouting the talent in Cumbernauld in a bid to find Supporting Artists for the production of the as yet unconfirmed sci-fi television show.

Cumbernauld Media understands that the production concerned will be filming in and around Cumbernauld from now until around February next year, with a number of background artists and on-screen extras required for the production.

Adam Penny, a Casting Manager with 2020 Casting confirmed to Cumbernauld Media: “We're supplying background artistes and extras to the project. 

“Any confirmed work will be based around the SA's (Supporting Artiste) availability - and there's no experience necessary,” he added.

Speaking about future productions that budding actors in Cumbernauld might be interested in, Mr Penny added: “In addition to this TV series, 2020 Casting will be working on a number of projects in Scotland moving forward - so we're trying to reach out to as many people as possible, and encourage them to create an account on our website. Simply by visiting and hitting 'Register'.”

The news of this latest casting call comes after the filming of popular US television series Outlander wrapped up in Cumbernauld, in a production which seen parts of Cumbernauld Glen taped off for filming.

Meanwhile, hopes are being raised that Cumbernauld could soon become home to Scotland’s first bespoke film studio, after a visit from L.A.-based film executives to the former OKI plants in Wardpark was said to be constructive. 

The former printer print is mooted to be in the running as a potential location for a bespoke, custom built Scottish film studio, with Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government understood to be looking at the location, though nothing is as yet confirmed. 

OKI’s former Napier Road site encompasses a 200,000 square feet building, only a few hundred metres from the very studio where the Outlander was made. Film executives were reportedly pleased by the site’s size and quick access to the M80 and Cumbernauld Airport.