HBO's 'The Last of Us' Is Now Looking for a Ton of Extras in Southern Alberta
But do you want to be a runner, clicker or cannibal raider?
Published May 14, 2021With Game of Thrones increasingly in the rearview, HBO is setting its sights on the next big thing — namely, The Last of Us. With Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie, the production promises to be a big one, and as the TV adaptation of the hit PlayStation video game series gets ready to start production in Alberta, it may in fact be one of the biggest productions we've ever seen in Canada. As such, HBO needs a little help, leading the show to now put out a massive call to Southern Albertans to join as extras — most likely of the zombie variety.
This week, The Last of Us put out a call to locals in Calgary, High River, Lethbridge and Fort Macleod, asking for anyone of anyone over the age of 18 to hit them up. After all, the production no doubt needs a whole lot of runners, clickers and, unfortunately, even cannibal raiders.
Brock Skretting of Keep Alberta Rolling put a call-out notice on Facebook earlier this week, saying TLOU is looking for extras of all ethnicities and body types. Plus, they are also looking for vehicles from 1995 to 2003 if you have one.
"Anyone who's played the game knows the potential scenario that they might find themselves in — zombies and apocalyptic [stuff]," Skretting told CBC's "Calgary Eyeopener." "No preparation or anything needed, that'll all happen on set."
And for those Albertans out work due to the pandemic, this may be the opportunity they've been looking for.
"I've heard it be compared to Game of Thrones in scope, and we're sure excited to have HBO in Alberta, because at least to me, HBO means quality, it means high production value and top talent," Skretting said. "It looks like one of those shows that really can help build the industry, that can employ a lot of people, that will spend a lot of money in Alberta businesses on materials … that are needed to complete this production."
As Alberta Premier Jason Kenney previously stated, "[It] will be the largest ever, I believe, film or television production in Canadian history."
If appearing in Last of Us sounds like a dream come true — or least a fun side-gig — you can now apply. All you need is two photos that are unobstructed by glasses or hats, one from the waist up and one that is full-length.
"The casting agents just want to see what you look like, so take a natural photo, don't try to alter it in any way," Skretting explained.
Applications should be open until the end of May, with production scheduled to run from July 5 until June 8, 2022.
"If you're able to leave your job for a week to do the work, awesome," Skretting said. "If you're unemployed, or if you're underemployed right now with the pandemic, they're looking to hire locals. So get your name in and there will be some opportunity, definitely, for this show and others for this summer."
Check out the call for extras below.
As previously reported, Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin is set to write and executive produce the series, while his frequent collaborator Johan Renck will direct. Video game director Neil Druckmann will also work on the show, as both a writer and executive producer.