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Fox TV show ‘Hieroglyph’ begins production in ABQ

From left Kelsey Chow, Reece Ritchie and Condola Rashad will star in the Fox TV show, "Hieroglyph."
From left Kelsey Chow, Reece Ritchie and Condola Rashad will star in the Fox TV show, "Hieroglyph."
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A Fox pilot will film in New Mexico.

Casting is underway for the pilot “Hieroglyph,” a production that will begin filming in mid-March for two weeks.

Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined, “Hieroglyph” follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers.

The series is going to star Reece Ritchie as Shai, Kelsey Chow as Lotus and Condola Rashad as Nefertari.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome 20th Century Fox Television and ‘Heiroglyph’ to New Mexico, and we look forward to supporting the productions efforts with ourexcellent crew, facilities and vendors,” said Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico Film Office.

Production is expected to continue for 13 episodes through July.

According to the film office, the production will be employing approximately 150 New Mexico crew members as well as 150 resident actors and background talent.

“We are thrilled that Fox has chosen to bring the production of ‘Hieroglyph’ to Albuquerque. These projects generally involve both direct and indirect benefits to our local economy and we welcome their team and look forward to working with them,” Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said.

The series is being produced by Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Miguel Sapochnik and Travis Beacham.

A side note: The 2014 New Mexico Film and Media Day at the Legislature will take place on Monday, Feb. 10 in Santa Fe.

Robert Baxter will be hosting a casting call for two projects — “Manhattan” and “Longmire.”

Hundreds of extras are being sought for the two TV shows. The shows are looking to fill roles as military police, scientists, Native Americans and other. This event will take place from 1-4 p.m. in Morgan Hall at the State Land Office.

Meanwhile Elizabeth Gabel is looking for extras for the “Hieroglyph” series. Send information to glyphextras@gmail.com or register at www.egcasting.com to be considered for work.

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