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Cate Blanchett and Sir Ian McKellen may decline Hobbit roles in pay row

September 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm by xoanon  - 

Seven global actors’ unions have instructed their members to walk away from roles in the two big-budget Lord of the Rings prequels because producers have allegedly refused to negotiate a deal guaranteeing wages and working conditions for performers in New Zealand. Unions in the US, Australia, the UK and Canada, acting under the umbrella of the International Federation of Actors (FIA), said Kiwi performers had “struggled on non-union contracts” for some years during filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They said the contracts “provide no minimum guarantees of wages or working conditions”, no payment for future broadcasts and no cancellation payments. More..

Posted in Casting Rumors, Cate Blanchett, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, New Zealand, The Hobbit on September 27, 2010 by

Thorin Oakenshield