This just in.
Phone lines became extra busy yesterday as film extras where warned (namely Rohan and Orcs) that they will be needed for the filming of Helms Deep during the months of January to March.
Such a long period of time gives indication of something to look forward to in terms of battle scenes, apart from the fact that they will be filming only at night.
Fittings will take place obviously prior to the start of filming, and a specific time and place has already been alloted for this.
Guesses are that filming will start with just the extras first, and then the main actors joining in after their holiday break (between Christmas and the 2nd week of January – delayed due to the flooding of the sets in the Queenstown area). Other speculation is that the extras will have a few days in which to “train” in the arts of warfare, before full filming gets underway.