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Wanted: Game of Thrones quest for 'strapping' lad and woman 'to go naked above the waist'

Game of Thrones producers are reportedly still casting a number of new actors for the final series, which is currently in production in Belfast.

According to fan website Watchers on the Wall as many as eight roles are being filled.

Casting details on the HBO series are usually kept well under wraps, however it's being reported five actors are needed for an "improv-heavy scene all about haggling over land".

Meanwhile, an actor aged between 30-40 is being sought for a “physically intense performance from a strapping squaddie type".

It is understood this role will begin filming in Belfast from May 23.

There is also a role for a young village girl who will be "attacked by a man in a physically intense scene". Producers are looking for an actress aged between aged 18-25, who will "have to go naked above-the-waist".

And finally, a clean shaven 30-40-year-old male actor is required to play the role of a grieving man in an "intensely emotional scene".

Watchers on the Wall states this actor will be required in Belfast from June 18.

The final series of Game of Thrones has been in production in Northern Ireland for a number of months.

Titanic studios in Belfast plus a number of exterior locations have been used to depict the fictional land of Weseros in recent years.

This includes Ballintoy Harbour in Co Antrim and Tollymore Forest and Castle Ward in Co Down.

The main cast of Game of Thrones includes Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister).

Earlier this month it was revealed the production had completed 55 consecutive nights of principle photography on a huge battle scene for the new series.

Massive sets in Moneyglass outside Toome and Magheramorne, Co Antrim have doubled as Winterfell for the epic clash, which has been described as "something that's never been done before".

Assistant director Jonathan Quinlan published a now deleted Instagram post thanking the Game of Thrones crew for their hard work.

It read: "This is for the Night Dragons. For enduring 55 straight nights. For enduring the cold, the snow, the rain, the mud, the sheep s**t of Toome and the winds of Magheramorne.

"When tens of millions of people around the world watch this episode a year from now, they won't know how hard you worked. They won't care how tired you were or how tough it was to do your job in sub-freezing temperatures.

"They'll just understand that they're watching something that's never been done before.

"And that's because of you. Thank you, The Producer Types."

The post was captioned: “Says it all. 55 consecutive nights. 11 weeks. 3 locations. You’ll never again see anything like it.”

Watchers on the Wall states the two and a half months of shooting for the battle is more than double the previous record for a Game of Thrones clash.

Series eight of Game of Thrones is due to premiere in April 2019.

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