Hundreds attend Hitchin extras audition for Simon Pegg film

THERE was no zombie dancing required but more than 250 people showed up to an extras film audition in a bid to star alongside Hollywood actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

An open casting session was held at the North Hertfordshire College Centre for the Arts campus in Hitchin between 4pm and 8pm on Tuesday for The World’s End.

Scenes for the film, which follows zombie-infested Shaun of the Dead and cop spoof Hot Fuzz, are set to be shot in Letchworth GC over the next four months ahead of a release by Universal Pictures in 2013.

Centred on five childhood friends who reunite for an epic pub crawl, the script has been put together by Hertfordshire resident Mr Pegg and writing partner Edgar Wright, who will be in the director’s seat.

The casting was organised on behalf of production companies Working Title and Big Talk and it follows another extras audition at the Spirella Building in Letchworth GC on Sunday.


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“We heard about it and the two previous films with Simon Pegg were really good so it sounded like fun,” said Adam Taylor from Letchworth GC, who attended the Hitchin audition with his brother Jordan.

“We’re both at university so it will also be nice to earn a bit of money.”

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Ella Kent, course leader of performing arts at North Hertfordshire College, said: “All of the performing arts students have applied and it’s a great opportunity.

“It’s been great to have so many people through the college’s doors and for them to see what we do here.”

Another casting session was also held in Welwyn Garden City – where filming is also set to take place – at Oaklands College last Saturday.

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