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Thousands of people expected to apply to become Game of Thrones extras in tiny Spanish town

Thousands of people are expected to apply to become extras for the next season of Game of Thrones in Spain.

Extras during filming for Game of Thrones season 5 in Osuna, Spain.
Extras during filming for Game of Thrones season 5 in Osuna, Spain. Image by Sergio Camacho/Getty Images

The sheer amount of extras will briefly transform the small town of Cáceres into a hybrid between our world and the TV series’ fictional world of Westeros. The town normally has a population of 4,500 but this is expected to swell with Game of Thrones crew during filming with the potential for a big tourism boost afterwards.

The casting call details specific characteristics for the extras, namely that everybody must be between 18 and 50 and thin, while anybody with military experience will be particularly useful. Men must be in good physical condition and willing to grow facial hair, while women must have long “uniform colour” hair with no highlights or streaks. The casting agency says those “with hair that is green, red, purple, blue, pink etc, need not apply.”

The old town of Caceres will be home to the new Game of Thrones extras.
The old town of Caceres will be home to the new Game of Thrones extras. Image by Santiago Urquijo/Getty Images

Cáceres is a beautifully preserved historical settlement in Extremadura, making it an ideal choice to film the medieval-inspired hit show. While popular with domestic tourists, it’s not generally up on the top of the list for foreign visitors but that could all change with it taking a starring role in Game of Thrones. The casting call for new Game of Thrones extras will take place Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 September for filming between mid November and December. If you’re unsuccessful this time around, further casting calls are expected for more scenes to be filmed in Seville and Amodóvar del Rio. Game of Thrones has made a few Spanish towns key filming locations, including the medieval town of Girona. It was recently announced that Muriola Beach in Barrika, near Bilbao will also appear in the upcoming seventh season.