ASPIRING actors in Salisbury could have the chance to star in one of Hollywood's next feature films, with an Oscar-winning director known for his work on the most recent James Bond flicks.

A casting call has gone out for men aged 16 to 35, for a paid role in a First World War film directed by Sam Mendes.

Mendes, who has won nine Academy Awards for films including American Beauty, Skyfall and Spectre, has confirmed his involvement in a First World War film, 1917, which will begin filming in Spring 2019 and aims for a December 2019 release date.

Planning permission is being sought to transform an area of Salisbury Plain, owned by the Ministry of Defence, into a film set for 35 weeks.

This will include the construction of a set for a French farm, and an initial planning survey suggests it could see up to 400 cars per day at the site during filming.

And it states up to 500 staff will work at the site, south of Chitterne Road in Tilshead, including students from local colleges interested in a media career, with others staying in nearby bed and breakfasts to boost the economy.

But an initial response from a Wiltshire Council planning consultation recommends the permission be refused until an archaeological assessment is carried out.

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Comments on the planning application are open until January 10. To view the documents or respond, visit and reference 18/11052/FUL.