Casting is scheduled to begin on the upcoming MGM Studios feature film The Hobbit Part 1 in London, LA and New Zealand. Peter Jackson says they are throwing a large net and casting for every role apart from the one of Gandalf which is spoken for. Principal photography on this two-part project is tentatively scheduled to begin in New Zealand around May or June 2011.
“What we’ve done over the years is discover a lot of interesting actors, like Orlando Bloom (in ‘Rings’), Kate Winslet (in ‘Heavenly Creatures’), Saoirse Ronan (in ‘The Lovely Bones’). So if you start looking and auditioning seriously, it’s amazing what incredible talent you’ll find out there.”
When asked about the rumors of James McAvoy being chased for the part of Bilbo Baggins he said they had not settled on any actors.
“Apart from Ian McKellen, who we obviously want to return as Gandalf, we are not really offering any roles to anybody until we’ve done a casting sweep,” Jackson said.
He also went on to say he felt no pressure to cast stars in for any of the main characters in The Hobbit explaining he sees Tolkien as the real star.
“(These movies) have never been a star-driven vehicle. The star is (author J.R.R.) Tolkien and the world he created. We are not under any pressure. We want to find the right people. Casting someone to portray a hobbit is not as easy as you might imagine. They have to have a particular type of physical appearance and a sensibility. And the same with an elf or a dwarf. These are fantastical characters, but you’ve got to find the right people to play them, the right humans to translate these characters.”
NEW ZEALAND CASTING INFORMATION
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PRINCIPAL ACTOR CASTING
Liz Mullane Casting
17 Taipakupaku Road
Wellington, New Zealand 6022
PO Box 6479
Wellington, New Zealand 6022
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New Line Cinema
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Key Creatives Creating, LLC
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Wingnut Films / Necropia
PO Box 15-208
Wellington, New Zealand 6003
Guillermo del Toro
The adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit will be made into two live action films. Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarfs. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo alone and unaided who had to comfort the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside.
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Source: TheHollywoodReporter Acting-Auditions.org