Production on the second season of Carnival Row and the epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time, which were both suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, are set to resume filming in Prague later this summer according to information from local casting agency Extrafilms.
Extrafilms, which handles extras casting for both The Wheel of Time and Carnival Row, has confirmed that production on both series would resume at the end of July or the beginning of August, though they do not yet have concrete details.
Fresh casting calls have been put out for extras looking to appear in either series (if you’re in Prague, you can register with Extrafilms at their Karlovo náměstí office on Wednesday afternoons in late June).
While many primary cast and crew members on both series are currently at locations abroad, including the United States, the travel situation is rapidly improving across Europe following the easing of anti-coronavirus restrictions.
As of this week, restriction-free travel is possible between most European countries and the Czech Republic, with the exception of Sweden, Portugal, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.
The Wheel of Time began shooting in the Czech Republic in September 2019 and was expected to run through May 2020 before being derailed due to the pandemic. Production on the first season of the series is now likely to extend past one year since shooting began.
A long-awaited adaptation of Robert Jordan’s epic series of novels thought by many to be fantasy genre successor to Game of Thrones, The Wheel of Time is produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television and stars Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Barney Harris, Daniel Henney, Madeleine Madden, Zoë Robins, Marcus Rutherford, and Josha Stradowski. The showrunner is Rafe Judkins (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
Amazon’s Carnival Row stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevigne and has filmed both its first and second seasons in and around Prague. Over the past three years, the series has become one of the most lucrative international projects to be filmed in the Czech Republic in terms of total spend.
While Delevigne recently theorized that production would resume later this year, to match the (primarily) wintry locations featured in the show, the casting notice from Extrafilms would suggest at least some production on Carnival Row will begin later this summer.
Also according to Extrafilms, local production on Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is currently in negotiation to resume filming in the Czech Republic in the near future.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as the titular Marvel superheroes, had been shooting in the Czech Republic for mere days in March before production was disbanded due to the coronavirus situation.