Monday 7 February, Wellington – Production company, 3Foot7 Ltd, is pleased to announce that the first day of principal photography for THE HOBBIT will be Monday 21 March, 2011.

This date has been chosen following practical considerations of the filming schedule requirements, actor availability and the NZ seasons. Shooting will take place at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location around New Zealand.

Confirmed cast include: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Mikael Persbrant, Sylvester McCoy and Elijah Wood. Director, Sir Peter Jackson, comments: “Despite some delays we are fully back on track and very excited to get started.”


  1. Bookwkorm


  2. neorion

    Very goooood!!! 🙂

  3. Odd.24

    Um.. I’m really happy but where is Hugo Weaving.? Or Orlando Bloom.? And what about David Tennat.? Btw. what do you think about him as King Thranduil.?

  4. yeeeeeeeeeeees!!!!!!!!

  5. Happy_h7

    You forgott Alan Lee!

    • Collin Dunne

      That’s just a list of the acting lineup. I’m sure they have him and john Howe on design again!

  6. Rochendil

    Where the f@*!! is Hugo Weaving?

  7. Rochendil

    Where the f@*!! is Hugo Weaving?

  8. Lyyoki

    We are excited too 🙂

  9. ety3

    Hugo? Sir Christopher? Please …

    • Cheryl

      soooo very true, we need Hugo and sir Christopher without a doubt.

      They MUST be in these films. There is NO question at all

  10. ety3

    Hugo? Sir Christopher? Please …

  11. Oh finally! After the long wait. Lord of the Rings followers, especially the Hobbits lovers will be so happy for this news.

  12. Oh finally! After the long wait. Lord of the Rings followers, especially the Hobbits lovers will be so happy for this news.

  13. Ahhh, FINALLY!!!

  14. Ahhh, FINALLY!!!

  15. haha production starts on my birthday how sweet is that!

  16. Sumayyah1994

    “The story behind the finding of the Ring.” W000000000000000T

  17. Collin Dunne

    No way! Peter is directing this??? I remember reading articles last yeR saying how guilmarro del toro was going to direct it and Peter was going to produce and give feedback for directing. Although I love guilmarro del toro’s work, I would much rather see the amazing Peter Jackson direct another AMAZING Tolkien movie. Can’t wait to see it, I know it’ll be amazing.

  18. Tburchianti

    Where is Aragorn? Does anyone know if Viggio Mortensen will come back?

  19. galad49

    Who is playing Bilbo?

  20. Rider of Rohan

    Orlando Bloom has to be in this because Legolas was in the battle of the 5 armies!

  21. Andrew Nagy

    This terrifies me. Jackson made so many horrible changes to the LOTR movies. He’s a great director if he would just stick to the story.

  22. Ricardo Moreno

    al fin despues de un largo trayecto…siiiiii

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