J.R.R. Tolkien’s 'The Hobbit' open casting calls for short extras in New Zealand

Pre-production on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”, is underway in New Zealand, and the film's extras casting department is holding three open casting calls for extras to appear as Hobbits in the film. Peter Jackson will be directing the two-part Lord of The Rings prequel. Guillermo del Toro was previously set to direct "The Hobbit" films, however he pulled out of the project on June 1, 2010 and cited excessive delays to the shooting start date as the reason he quit. Guillermo del Toro had to leave the project due to contractual obligations with other studios.

Peter Jackson directed all three “Lord of the Rings” films, which earned a total of 30 Academy Award nominations and 17 Academy Awards. Jackson will shoot The Hobbit: Part 1 and The Hobbit: Part 2 back-to-back in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology.

● Filming on The Hobbit: Part 1 will begin February, 2011 in Matamata.

● The Hobbit: Part 1 is currently slated to hit theaters December 2012.

● The Hobbit: Part 2 is currently slated to hit theaters December 2013.

Casting Information for The Hobbit: Part 1 and The Hobbit: Part 2

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.

Extras Open Casting Call Details

The extras casting directors are holding the following three open casting calls SPECIFICALLY LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO RESEMBLE HOBBITS.


● Men and Women must be aged from 17 - 80.
● Men must be UNDER 170cm (5 foot 7 inches).
● Women must be UNDER 158cm (5 foot 2 inches).
● You must be prepared to be available on short notice.
● All applicants must have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.

IMPORTANT: This casting call is for people who fit ALL the above requirements ONLY.


Hamilton City Netball Centre
Moore Street, Minogue Park, Hamilton
New Zealand
Click Here for directions.

Tuesday 23 November 2010
1:00pm - 3:00pm


Matamata Memorial Centre
The Tainui Room
Tainui Street, Matamata
New Zealand
Click Here for directions.

Wednesday 24 November 2010
9:30am - 11:30am


Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre
Corner of Devonport Road and 11th Avenue beside Memorial Park
New Zealand
Click Here for directions.

Wednesday 24 November 2010
2:00pm - 4:00pm

If you can not attend one of the extras open casting calls above, you can request an application for extra work. Send photo, sizes, and contact information to:

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

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
17 Taipakupaku Road
Karaka Bay
Wellington, New Zealand 6022

Los Angeles:

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

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.

Wingnut Films/3 Foot 7 Ltd.
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

Key Creatives Creating, LLC
9595 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 800
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Producers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Ken Kamins, Callum Greene, Carolynne Cunningham
Philippa Boyens

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

Director: Peter Jackson


Ian McKellen
Andy Serkis
Martin Freeman
Richard Armitage
Aidan Turner
Rob Kazinsky
Graham McTavish
John Callen
Mark Hadlow
Peter Hambleton
Adam Brown
James Nesbitt


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