As spokeswoman for the production unit said only that everyone was "very excited" to get started on filming. There have been several casting announcements since Martin Freeman was confirmed as the lead in October last year.
Yesterday Warner Bros named Kiwi actors Jeffrey Thomas and Mike Mizrahi for the roles of dwarf kings Thror and Thrain. Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom have all been confirmed to reprise their Lord of the Rings roles as Gollum, Galadriel and Legolas.
Elijah Wood and Sean Astin, who played Frodo Baggins Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings, have been confirmed to play a part in The Hobbit, despite his character not appearing in JRR Tolkien's book, which is set 60 years before the Rings trilogy.
The Hobbit tells the tale of Bilbo's quest to snatch the treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon and reclaim the dwarven kingdom of Erebor.
The screenplays for the two films have been written by Jackson, partner Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro, who pulled out of directing the movies last year.
for the two films are expected to be An Unexpected Journey and There
and Back Again.
- The Dominion Post .