Lord of the Rings needs orcs, people, as the Amazon Prime Video TV series still seems to exist in some sort-of purgatory, apparently being made but seemingly getting no closer to any kind of genuine production.

At least on the face of it, that is. The filming of El Camino, the Breaking Bad movie, managed to completely slip under the net, so there’s not necessarily anything to say that this one isn’t far into production.

Well, I suppose you could say that the fact the studio are desperate for people to play orcs is a sign that things are still moving fairly slowly – potentially slower than planned – but what do I know? Lord of the Rings could be out tomorrow…

Amazon's Lord Of The Rings

We were told early last year that filming was starting some time in August (almost a year ago), but then things changed to some time in 2020 and then a global health crisis happened. You really couldn’t write it.

With that, the studio behind the series are looking for people to play some of the less glamorous roles, in the nefarious orcs. Well, that’s what I assume, seeing as they’re asking for a very specific kind of person.

Essentially, they’re after “funky” and “unusual” looking people, which I suppose is a PC way of saying what we’re all thinking.


lord of the rings amazon orcs

BGT Actors Models & Talent has issued a message for New Zealanders, opening up a casting call for people with “an overbite, face burns, long skinny limbs, deep cheekbones, lines on your face, acne scars, ears that stick out, bulbous or interesting noses, small eyes, big eyes, skinny faces, missing bones“.

Again, I could be wrong, but I’d say they’ve made it abundantly clear that they’re looking for orcs, which is great news because presumably that means they’ll be going fully live-action, rather than the CGI mess that was The Hobbit.

If all of this sounds like a bit of you and you want to give it a go, sadly there’s one last requirement that’s pretty big, and that’s living in Auckland or be a resident and have the rights to work in New Zealand. You can email them here if you’re still applicable.

Applicants are expected to send in a photo of themselves and include their phone number for if they’re successful.

lord of the rings casting call

Previously a casting call was made for a similar reason, as BGT called for people who fall into this list of descriptions:

1. Short people under 4 foot 12 (we know that 4 foot 12 is 5 foot)

2. Tall people over 6 foot 5 – If this is you please call Evelina on 021 – 398-727 now.

3. Character faces, wrinkles and lots of them please

4. Androgynous men and women

5. Hairy hairy people of all ages and ethnicities

6. Tall, Long Lithe dancers

7. Circus performers who can juggle, stilt walk!

8. Stocky mean-looking bikers

9. Eurasian people of all ages.

10. Hispanic – Latino, Mexican, South American – HOLA

11. Red heads all ages, shapes and sizes.

12.HAIR HAIR HAIR – if you natural red hair, white hair, or lots and lots of freckles.

Since when do orcs juggle? I’ve not read the books, I’ll admit, but I can’t imagine that being included.


Images via New Line Cinemas