Just weeks ago, HBO’s talent scouts were in Ischia, a volcanic island in the Gulf of Naples. As one local put it, the casting call sought “older men—with lots of wrinkles,” the type found weighing and scaling fish in boats anchored around Ischia Ponte. In other words, HBO was looking for fishermen. It’s all part of the network’s upcoming miniseries My Brilliant Friend, which is being filmed on the Italian isle. The eight-part adaptation is, of course, based on the beloved fictional quartet of books by pseudonymous Italian author Elena Ferrante.