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Would you like to appear as an extra in the new Hobbit movie? The casting directors are looking elven extras who live in the Wellington area of New Zealand, and, you must be flexible regarding hours of work etc. You’d need to be on call weekdays from April to July, poised and ready for some Hobbitty action!

Extras must be over 17 years old and of a slender build, and around 182 cm or above in height. This is a very exciting and possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for budding actors and Hobbit fans who fancy being a part of Hobbit history!

To apply to be an extra in the Hobbit click here

Official Hobbit T-Shirts released!

T-Shirt from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Hobbit fans will be thrilled to discover that the first Hobbit t-shirts have been released officially by Warner Bros. The most famous Hobbit,  Bilbo Baggins features on the front of the new shirts, and he can be seen coming out of his front door at the start of the journey that changes his life forever.

There are currently four styles available ranging from US$19.95 to $24.95 (USD) and you can purchase the Hobbit T Shirts direct from the Warner Bros web shop.

Fancy being in the next Hobbit movie?

This one is only for folks who live in New Zealand, or have a valid New Zealand work permit. The production of the Hobbit films is currently looking for people to play Elven Horse riders and Elven extras. The Elven physical build is tall and slender. You’ll also need to be aged between 17 and 40 years old, and be 6ft or taller for guys, and 5ft 9 or taller for girls.

The casting date is Saturday 26th February 2011 at 9.30 – 12pm AND 1.30 – 3pm at Te Whaea – National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchinson Rd, Newtown, Wellington NZ.

If you do NOT fit into these height ranges please do not apply.  There will be casting calls in other cities as required.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.

SOURCE: www.trademe.co.nz

Casting for Hobbits in NZ

When it comes to casting for Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, the long and the short of it is that the first advertised casting call will be held in Wellington this weekend.

The Hobbit casting department advertised in The Dominion Post yesterday for “short and tall” people for a preliminary casting call to take place at the Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre in Newtown on Sunday.

They are on the lookout for men aged 16 and over who are 1.23 metres (4ft) to 1.58m (5ft 2in) tall or over 2.03m (6ft 8in). Women, aged 16 or over, must be between 1.2m and 1.53m.

The casting call is not for the many extras that are likely to be needed for the two-part film, but for people to play “scale doubles” for the speaking cast.

A Jackson spokesman said actors playing hobbits and dwarves would be normal adult size. “Scale doubles appear in some wide shots in place of our actors and with other adult actors when we need people to look smaller or taller.”

SOURCE: The Dominion Post

Hobbit fans will be thrilled to hear about ‘Hobbit Tea’!

Currently there are three Hobbit Tea blends available: Bilbo Baggins Breakfast Blend, Gandalf the Gray Tea and Hobbiton Meadow Mint.

Hobbit Teas, are named after the popular characters in Tolkien’s books,  and are sure to be a hit with Tolkien fans. Farmer, Dan Tropea created the Hobbit Tea after he was granted a license from Middle-earth Enterprises.

More info on purchasing the teas is available from www.hobbittea.com

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