The Hobbit casting begins

Fancy being a dead dwarf?


Yes, it’s true, casting is now underway on Guillermo del Toro’s two-part adap of The Hobbit.

But no, zero big names are confirmed as yet. (Sorry.) Instead, the producers are starting small – hobbit-sized, in fact – as they work from the bottom up to gather the hundreds of extras that will be needed to populate Middle Earth once more.

The New Zealand branch of MGM Studios have officially announced casting, while Jack Machiela, a tour guide for former Lord of the Rings filming locations, has speculated on his blog that principal photography could begin as early as March or April 2011.

He also gave some advice for those thinking about applying for parts:

“Do not bother to tell them what you think you'd be most suitable at (hobbit, elf, human, orc). Most people will want to be a hobbit or an elf anyway, but will end up being an orc or a dead dwarf, and in the background.”

Cheery stuff. You’ll need a working visa to apply as well. Time to book that holiday?

Got any casting suggestions for the film? Comments down yonder, if you please...



    • tommylennie

      Jan 7th 2010, 11:51

      Casey Affleck as Bilbo? Anyone else with me on this one?

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    • scabo33

      Jan 7th 2010, 14:52

      Nope..he said bilbo will be an unknown cast..Good choice though Ron Pearlman should get Thorin though..

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    • DanRose

      Jan 7th 2010, 15:20

      If you are meant to be believe the tabloids Jedward are going to be in it. They could be offered the roles of twins Fili and Kili! I'd rather f**k fistfuls of my own s**t than watch those two 'perform' on tv. Creepy little buggers.

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    • alexr

      Jan 8th 2010, 11:15

      I think I should be Bilbo. I'm pretty unknown...

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    • Selivia

      Jan 8th 2010, 13:17

      Gerard Butler for Bard (after all - he has had some experience dealing with dragons)

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    • Selivia

      Jan 8th 2010, 13:38

      Gerard Butler for Bard (army of Men at Laketown) - after all, he does have some experience in dealing with dragons now (Reign of Fire & How to Train a Dragon)

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    • Scurf

      Jan 8th 2010, 14:14

      Martin freeman as Bilbo, Ron Pearlman as Beorn, Brian Blessed as ALL the dwarves ;-) and it absoloutly HAS to be John Hurt as smaug as his voice sounds like he gargles gravel.

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    • BistoYeti

      Jan 11th 2010, 17:37

      Me as a dead orc please.

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    • Tyraell

      Jan 24th 2010, 15:00

      Ralph Fiennes as king of the elves, Gerard Butler as Beorn, Russel Crowe as Bard. In my opinion, Martin Freeman IS Bilbo :)

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    • Tyraell

      Jan 24th 2010, 15:02


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