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Neanderthals and Vikings line out for roles in 'next Game of Thrones'

15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of man being photographed at Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of girl being photographed at Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: John Moynes, from Dundrum, at the Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: James Herdman, left, from Belfast, and Thomas Kemp, from London at the Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: Joan Fitzgerald, from Dublin 2, and Niall Griffin, from Wicklow, at the Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: Rose Ugoalah, from Dublin 1, at the Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Ciara Treacy and Melanie Finn

They might not be prehistoric, but these budding actors believe they have the Neanderthal look.

Hundreds of wannabe cavemen and cavewomen queued in Temple Bar to be considered for a new TV series dubbed "the next Game of Thrones".

The extras answered the call for individuals who matched the Neanderthal Viking, African or Mediterranean looks required.

The show is being made by American giants MGM under the working title Dawn, and they're specifically looking to spear lots of shaggy-haired extras.

15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of queue for Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Joan Fitzgerald, a part-time actress living in Temple Bar, said she put a lot of effort into achieving the required look.

"I work in retail but I do acting on the side," she said. "I took my hair down, it's all dried and messy and I look like a bit of a lunatic so hopefully I have a chance."

15 Apr 2016: General view of girl being photographed at Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: General view of girl being photographed at Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Niall Griffin, from Wicklow, was hoping to draw on his experience in Game of Thrones and Vikings.

"Look at me," he said when asked about his chance of being cast. "People come up to me and say they saw me in Game of Thrones a lot."

15 Apr 2016: James Herdman, left, from Belfast, and Thomas Kemp, from London at the Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Apr 2016: James Herdman, left, from Belfast, and Thomas Kemp, from London at the Open Casting for movieextras.ie. Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

With no experience of acting, Rose Ugoalah, a writer from Dublin 1, decided to try out.

"I just saw a post on Facebook about casting and I'm out and about so I thought why not swing by?" she said.

It was an early start for James Herdman and Thomas Kemp, who travelled from Belfast, but weren't too sure of their chances.

"I don't think I look Neanderthal enough," said James.

Ireland's Emmy-winner Joan Bergin has been picked to head up the costume design.

Back on these shores for the next few months, she said she was looking forward to starting the new project, which will film in Dublin, Kerry and Wicklow.

She said MGM is pulling out all the stops to ensure that the pilot makes a big impression on Hollywood producers.

Herald

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