Search is on for extras for TV show being filmed in Swansea Bay
TV producers are on the look-out for extras to star in a new drama series made in Swansea Bay.
They are searching for people to appear in Da Vinci's Demons, written by Hollywood scriptwriter David S Goyer, which is being filmed in the Swansea area.
Mr Goyer was the scriptwriter behind the Blade triology, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises and The Invisible Man.
The series, which is being filmed at the old Visteon site on Fabian Way and is expected to inject a massive £61 million into the economy, will also be filmed at locations in Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot.
It is the first joint production from the premiere cable channel Starz Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions, and tells the story of Leonardo da Vinci's life.
An open casting will be held on Saturday, May 19, at the Dragon Hotel, on The Kingsway, Swansea, between 10am and 5.30pm, by Tonto Film & Television Ltd.
A spokesman said: "They would like as many people as possible on May 19 to create a database of potential supporting artists for the series."
The filming will take place on different dates in July and November in the Swansea area.
Swansea-born production designer Ed Thomas, who worked on Dr Who and had a key role in bringing the series to the city, said local firms were already being employed with the project.
Theatre groups and projects are also involved with the production.
Mr Thomas said: "We have recruited carpenters, scenic artists and we have metal fabricators and prop fabricators. We are employing Snows Construction in Neath.
"We (the production team) have also taken up accommodation in Swansea and are enjoying the Gower and the restaurants.
"It's really exciting to introduce people to Swansea."
He added: "We will also be working closely with West Glamorgan Youth Theatre over the next couple of years.
"They are hugely talented and produce amazing people." Mr Thomas, who is a former pupil of the youth theatre along with Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, said links had also been forged with Swansea Metropolitan University along with Neath Port Talbot College.
Mr Thomas said Swansea entertainer Mal Pope had a role in showcasing the city to the US executives behind the project.
"Starz TV executives came to look at several studio options — they fell in love with a couple of them," he said.
"The executives had flown back to the US and I asked the guys from Telesgop (the Welsh multimedia production company) to shoot a documentary on the Swansea site, which Mal (Pope) presented.
"They sent their production executive after seeing the video and signed off on it."
Mr Thomas said the show's producer Lee Morris was impressed when he saw what the city had to offer.
"Lee Morris, the producer, has never been to Swansea before. He had no idea that Swansea Bay was like Swansea Bay — he said 'I could live here'."