Auditions to be in the upcoming season of Outlander were stopped over the weekend because of an absurd turnout at the Clarion Hotel in Sudbury, Ontario.
Outlander has become a worldwide phenomenon over the last few years since its initial airing on Starz. It has gained a massive following in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The Outlander frenzy has even apparently set root in Canada. For evidence of this, look no further than how this audition process for the upcoming fourth season went in Sudbury, Ontario over the weekend.
The idea was for fans of the show to show up in the Clarion Hotel in Sudbury to audition for roles as native people in the upcoming season. While it was supposed to take place in the basement of the hotel from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., casting had to shut down at 2 p.m. due to too many applicants. By the time it was 12:30 p.m., extra hopefuls were told that the casting event would be delayed an hour.
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People came from as far as Toronto to be at the Sudbury audition. So why was the audition process cut short this abruptly this past weekend? Well, a lot of that has to do with the process over getting the potential extras overseas.
Keep in mind that the show is filmed in Scotland. Those that are selected will have to travel across the Atlantic, on the company’s dime of course. It’s understandable for the vetting process to be a tad more thorough, as it involves international travel.
Still, it’s all about getting on Outlander for these fans of the show. A trip across the ocean to be an extra in Outlander? Of course, they want to sign up for that!
Perhaps the casting initiative to put it in Sudbury was designed to try to limit the amount of people who would show up. Could you imagine how massive of a turnout it would have been in Toronto or Montreal?
Regardless, fans showed up in droves as they tend to do. Let’s just say that the demand was greater than the supply over the weekend in Sudbury. This shouldn’t be coming as a surprise if we’re being totally honest. Fans are just that excited about the upcoming fourth season. That’s all.
All this does is give the show plenty of applicants to sort through. It must be flattering for those working with the show to have to turn down this many people due to time constraints. This is yet another episode were Outlander fandom overwhelmed a situation. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. Hopefully the show got all the extra talent its needs over the weekend.