May 22, 2024
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Wanted: Skinny, short, bald, bearded, toothless, Kilkenny amputees to star in Hollywood blockbuster with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck!

Kilkenny may have missed out on landing the Hollywood blockbuster starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck but that doesn’t mean that Kilkenny people have to.

The film, which is titled The Last Duel, is to shoot in Wicklow’s Ardmore Studios as well as locations in Meath and Tipperary from late March, as exclusively revealed by our sister website earlier this week.

The production is expected to last between six and eight weeks, will employ a crew of several hundred people and now a casting call for extras has gone out for all shapes and sizes.

“We will be looking to directly employ lots of Film Extras for huge crowd scenes in the coming months,” a statement said.

They then go on to list the following categories:

“Appearances…Men & Women, Bone thin, Medium or Broadly built, Sporty types, Tall, Short, Long & Short hair, Bald men & women, Naturally coloured hair or be prepared to dye it, Long and short beards, No beards, Amputees, Crooked or missing teeth.

“Skills…Artisan Crafts People, Sword & Axe, Blacksmiths, Farmers, Military Trained, Marching, Archers, Bakers, Fishmongers,” it adds.

“We are holding an Extras Open Casting day next week in Dublin City Centre and, we are trying to put out as much information as possible to attract interested people to apply to take part as an extra.  It is paid work and the open casting will be open to adults.

“To apply, people should come along to Liberty Hall (SIPTU building), Eden Quay, Dublin 1 on February 21, 2020 anytime between 10am-6pm.

“For further info, please email: or facebook”

Construction has begun on the sets in Ardmore Studios while shooting of the actual film has already started on location in France.

And the producers of the film are looking for extras from the county to audition on February 21 for parts.

The Last Duel will be directed by Ridley Scott of Gladiator and Alien fame, and as well as the two Good Will Hunting stars, it will feature actor Adam Driver who played Kylo Ren in the recent trilogy of Stars Wars.

Filming will take place around Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Tipperary.

Affleck and Damon have written the screenplay and is in Medieval France, the story is an epic tale of betrayal and justice.

Hopes were high in Kilkenny that Hollywood’s best buddies would land in Kilkenny to film scenes – it emerged before Christmas that Scott had made a visit to Kells Priory to assess its suitability for filming the new blockbuster but hose hopes have now been dashed.


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