Hobbit mysteries to be revealed

22:02, Feb 20 2011

The Hobbit starts shooting on March 21. The central character is tiny on screen, but the US$500 million two part film is a big deal, so expect Wellywood Confidential to focus a lot on The Hobbit right through to its expected release of part one next year.

Also looming on the horizon is the first Tintin movie, now being tweaked in post production and to be released (in New Zealand) on Boxing Day - as well as Jackson's other projects. Expect some interesting revelations and analysis about these projects over the next few months.

But I'm also going to look at everything else in Wellywood - and that means our other film-makers, our screenwriters, everyone. As far as I'm concerned, even Wellywood caterers have a story to tell.

Those cast in The Hobbit already are the lucky ones, but who else will we see trapsing through Mirkwood?

Then of course there are the actors. I've been thinking of actors in The Hobbit a lot of late, and it has nothing to do with industrial relations. The big question is who will still be cast?

For weeks we've had Irish actress Soarise Ronan's name being floated about to play an elf warrior princess called Itaril. Even people close to the star of Jackson's The Lovely Bones have said shed' been cast. Well, finally Ronan has spoken: "No, nothing has actually been confirmed yet," the actress told The Irish Times. "I'd love to get a role in The Hobbit. I think everybody in the world would like a role in The Hobbit."

So don't hold your breath. But it does appear a lot of people want to be in the movie. If you want to be an elf and possibly hang with Ronan, if she gets the part, then you should turn up at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre at 11 Hutchinson Rd, Newtown in Wellington on February 26 between 9.30am and noon and 1.30pm and 3pm.

Having pointy ears won't get you far. The important bit is height and being thin. Blokes have to be aged between 17 and 40 and 6ft (183cm) or taller. Ladies have to be aged 17-40 and at least 5ft 9 (175cm) or taller. It's for parts as Elven horse riders extras (how cool is that?) and elven extras.

There is also other casting going on behind the scenes and I've heard on good authority that several children, some as young at 19 months, have already been cast as hobbit extras. And while hobbit sizes means ages can get confusing, they are playing hobbit children and have even been fitted for their costumes and have giant furry hobbit feet!

So have you considered auditioning for an extra in The Hobbit? Are you planning to turn up on February 26? I'd love to hear from you before and after, furry feet or pointy ears.

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