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€45m sci-fi series resumes filming in huge boost for TV industry here


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Future shock: Laura Birn in the new Apple series ‘Foundation’, being filmed in Limerick

Future shock: Laura Birn in the new Apple series ‘Foundation’, being filmed in Limerick

Future shock: Laura Birn in the new Apple series ‘Foundation’, being filmed in Limerick

Filming has resumed on one of the largest productions ever to be made in Ireland in a huge boost for the country's flagging TV and movie industry.

With a budget of over €45m, the sprawling Troy Studios in Limerick has become the base for new sci-fi series Foundation, based on the Isaac Asimov work which inspired the Star Wars franchise.

When it is released in 2021, it is set to become one of the key shows for new streaming service Apple TV+.

Troy Studios, which opened a fourth sound studio at a cost of €13m last year, is currently operating to capacity and employs more than 500 production staff who have been busy working on the huge shoot.

Filming began late last year before being shut down due to the pandemic, but work has resumed on Foundation, a 10-part series based on a series of books by Mr Asimov dating back to 1951.

British director Rupert Sanders, best known for Snow White and the Huntsman, is behind the production, which is being led by Skydance Television. The Hollywood company previously produced the Netflix hit Altered Carbon.

Featuring a cast of new-comers, the lead role of Hari Seldon will be played by Jared Harris - who starred in Chernobyl - alongside Lee Pace, Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey and Laura Birn.

For 30 years, the series was a trilogy but Mr Asimov started writing new volumes in 1981, including two sequels and two prequels.

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New Apple show Foundation, being filmed partly in Ireland

New Apple show Foundation, being filmed partly in Ireland

New Apple show Foundation, being filmed partly in Ireland

His fantasy tale centres around a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it. It is credited with inspiring aspects of Star Wars.

Irish talent is represented across the production, including award-winning costume designer Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, who leads a large costume department.

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Producers are also giving Irish actors a chance to appear in the large-scale production after a casting call went out over the weekend for men and women aged between 16-90.

Casting agents are looking for people of all ethnicities with availability over the next six months and, as it's a sci-fi series, it feature some "really cool futuristic costumes".

"For some people, it will be a day here and there, for others you may be needed for continuity so it could be a couple of days every week. As well as extra roles, there will be speaking and featured roles," the advert states.

"This is a great opportunity to be part of a production representing the future. The costumes and sets are amazing, so incredibly real that you will think you are living in the future."


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