Extras needed for Jason Momoa TV series filming in St. Thomas

Jason Momoa in Apple TV’s series ‘See’. Photo courtesy of the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation.

A search for extras for a sci-fi series starring Jason Momoa is about to get underway in St. Thomas.

The casting call for background actors for Apple TV’s series “See”, which is being filmed outdoors at the former psychiatric hospital on Sunset Drive, was issued Friday by the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation. The opportunity to appear on screen next to Aquaman is open to everyone over the age of 18.

“The casting company that is working on this needs several hundred background people for filming that will take place from February all the way through to July,” said Sean Dyke, CEO of the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation. “There will be some pretty long days, long hours, but it certainly isn’t a full-time job… Being part of a project like this is something that people really like to do no matter what stage of life they are at.”

Set in the future, the show focuses on the aftermath of a devastating virus that has left only two-million people alive and without sight. The survivors are forced to find new ways to interact, build, and hunt. Momoa’s character is the father of twin boys born 200 years later with the ability to see, something that is now viewed as witchcraft and punishable by death.

Filming in St. Thomas will be done Monday to Friday, from February until June or July with 10-15 hour days possible. Extras will be provided with a costume, although it is recommended they invest in “good thermal underwear and socks” to wear underneath.

Those interested in applying as extras must be comfortable wearing prosthetics and real fur, wool and leather. They also must be ok with physical touching and have a natural feel with no fake hair, nails or eyelashes, lip fillers, or obvious botox. Non-union extras will be paid $14 an hour, with an eight-hour minimum guarantee.

The casting call will take place at Fanshawe Career and Employment Services at the Elgin Centre at 417 Wellington Street, St. Thomas on January 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about what is needed to apply can be found by clicking here.

This is not the first time Hollywood has come knocking on Elgin County’s door. Horror film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Amazon Prime’s superhero series The Boys also did some filming at the former psychiatric hospital, south of St. Thomas.

Dyke noted the economic impact of productions like this is huge.

“The number of people that work on a project like this is in the thousands, so you will see anything from hotel rooms to restaurants, shopping. There is also a lot that goes into this from tradespeople. It will be a significant impact,” said Dyke.