Extras casting underway on 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' and 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again'

Principal photography has now begun on J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" films, in New Zealand, and the casting directors will be hiring extras, stand-ins, photo doubles, and size doubles to work throughout filming which will take place over an extended 14 month period.

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 also directing "The Hobbit: Part I" and "The Hobbit: Part II" back-to-back. Shooting will take place using special high-tech 3D cameras as was done on "Avatar".

● Filming on "The Hobbit" began March 21, 2011 in Matamata.

● Filming will continue in various locations in NZ through May, 2012.

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

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

You must have New Zealand Tax number and be able to legally work in the country.

Note: For any non-New Zealand residents who would like to be considered to work on "The Hobbit" films, tourist visas to New Zealand are currently valid for 90 days. A number of countries have working holiday visa schemes with New Zealand; they are generally valid for 12 months and allow you to work for up to three months at a time; you also have to be aged between 18 and 30 to be eligible. See Immigration NZ for details.

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

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


Amy Hubbard
John Hubbard
Hubbard Casting
"The Hobbit"
14, Rathbone Place
London W1T 1HT

Extras Casting:

Click Here for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" extras casting information.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies (they will most likely end up being thrown away), 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 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


Peter Jackson
Callum Greene
Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh
Zane Weiner
Carolynne Cunningham


Peter Jackson
Guillermo del Toro
Philippa Boyens
Fran Walsh


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 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.