Orlando Bloom joins J.R.R. Tolkien’s 'The Hobbit' as extras casting continues

MGM, New Line Cinema, and WingNut Films are currently in production on J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again". The film's extras casting directors are hiring general background actors, photo doubles, and stand-ins for the film's stars throughout filming, which will continue into late spring, 2012. Some smaller speaking roles will also be cast during the shoot as script changes occur.

Principal actor casting news continues to come in, as Peter Jackson announced on May 26, 2011 that Orlando Bloom, who portrayed Legolas in "The Lord of the Rings trilogy", is the newest actor to be cast in "The Hobbit" films. Peter Jackson posted on his Facebook page, "Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas, and I am excited to announce today that we’ll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more". Bloom's character does not appear in the book version of The Hobbit, however this is very common in differences between adapted screenplays written based on novels.

Peter Jackson directed all three “Lord of the Rings” films, which earned a total of 30 Academy Award nominations and 17 Academy Awards. Jackson is shooting "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" back-to-back in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology. The budget for "The Hobbit" is estimated to be between $300 – $500 million.

Carolynne Cunningham of Peter Jackson's WingNut Films will produce the film along with three time Academy Award winner (and Peter Jackson's wife) Fran Walsh. "The Hobbit" films are also being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line handling production management. Warner Bros Pictures has acquired worldwide theatrical distribution rights, with select international territories. MGM will handle all international television licensing.

• "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is currently slated to hit theaters December 14, 2012.

• "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" is currently slated to hit theaters December 13, 2013.

Casting information for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again":

You must have New Zealand Tax number and be able to legally work in the country. You must be either a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident or have a temporary working visa that would see you through the entire filming schedule. NZ law says they must hire locals before they can even consider bringing in overseas people, unless they perform a task that can not be performed by locals.

Note: If you are under 30 years old, you can often get a one or two year Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand, that will allow you to visit, live there, and earn money as you go. If you get it soon, you should be there in time for the filming of The Hobbit.

Inquire at your local NZ Embassy, or check out their website.

"The Hobbit" Extras Requirements:

● Men and Women must be aged from 17 - 80.

● You must be prepared to be available on short notice.

● All applicants must have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.

To request an application for extra work on "The Hobbit", send a recent color snapshot, all physical stats, clothing sizes, your exact location, and all contact information to:

"Thed Hobbit" Extras Application
3 Foot 7 Ltd
PO Box 15104
Wellington, New Zealand 6243

If you are one of the types they are looking for, they will send you a registration form to fill out and return.

Principal photography began on 21 March 2011 and is taking place at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location all around New Zealand.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

New Zealand:

Liz Mullane Casting
"The Hobbit"
17 Taipakupaku Road
Karaka Bay
Wellington, New Zealand 6022


Ann Robinson
Mullinars Casting
"The Hobbit"
226 Liverpool Street
Sydney, NSW 2010


Amy and John Hubbard
Hubbard Casting
"The Hobbit"
14, Rathbone Place
LondonW1T 1HT

Los Angeles:

Victoria Burrows
Scot Boland
"The Hobbit"
333 W. Washington Blvd.
PO Box 309
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

New York:

Ellen Lewis
"The Hobbit"
161 Sixth Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies (they will most likely end up in the trash can), they do not cast the films. They hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions and hold the acting auditions.

3 Foot 7 Limited
PO Box 15-208
Miramar Wellington 6003
New Zealand

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. (MGM)
10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Warner Bros. Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001

New Line Cinema
116 N. Robertson Blvd.
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Executive Producers:

Ken Kamins
Callum Greene
Zane Weiner

Producers: Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham, Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh

Writers: Peter Jackson, Frank Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro


Peter Jackson


Orlando Bloom - Legolas
Martin Freeman - Bilbo Baggins
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Elijah Wood - Frodo
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
Stephen Fry - Master of Laketown
Andy Serkis - Gollum
Dean O’Gorman - Fili
Conan Stevens - Azog
Ian McKellen - Gandalf
Ryan Gage - Alfrid
Lee Pace - King Thranduil
Richard Armitage - Thorin Oakenshield
Leonard Nimoy - Smaug
Christopher Lee - Saruman


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 dwarves. 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 confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside.