Thousands of aspiring actor/model/dancers lined the streets of downtown Manhattan today in the hopes of following in the footsteps of Sarah Jessica Parker and co. Perhaps quite literally, if a scene so requires. Shiny new extras are needed for the sequel to the hugely successful big-screen adaptation of the HBO series Sex and the City, which is set to begin shooting in late summer or early fall (early anticipation sets the movie with a May 2010 release). The open casting call (which welcomed both SAG and non-SAG members) began at 10 a.m., but some of Carrie Bradshaw’s biggest fans (some of whom traveled from as far away as Florida) showed up as early as 5 a.m. These were certainly not auditions — hopefuls were ushered in and out within roughly ten minutes, only having their picture taken for consideration. The agency holding the casting boasted they were looking for “Fashion Models, Celebrity types, Upscale socialites, Urban Club goers, Gays and Lesbians, International types (Middle Eastern, Arabic, Asian, European, British), Professional Soccer Players.” Perhaps the girls attend a soccer game this time around? Do we smell a David Beckham cameo? Gooooaaaaaal!
While the crowd was overwhelmingly of the young, Manhattan-dwelling, female fashionista set (one gal showed up in a tutu Cynthia Rowley dress. Checkmate, other would-be extras!) a few older fans, tattooed gents, and even some kids found their way into the mix. The general consensus among the crowd was they wanted to be in a party scene, and they’d most like to share screen time with Kim Cattrall and SJP. While it’s of no surprise fans jumped at the chance to be a part of the SATC legacy, what’s most surprising is their uncompromising devotion. As a rabid fan of the TV series myself, I must admit I was ever-so-slightly underwhelmed by the movie, even more so at the prospect of this sequel. Where else could the story go? A few people I spoke to today hoped for a Carrie-Big baby, others wanted Samantha to settle down, but what do you think, PopWatchers? What are you hoping for from the Sex and the City sequel? Would you too want to be part of the undoubtedly fabulous background? Or have you sipped your last cosmo?