An official casting call for Elves in the upcoming Hobbit films has been posted at

The production is looking for tall and slender people to play Elven Horse Riders and Elven Extras. The age and height requirements according to gender have been given as follows:

  • Men aged 17 – 40 with a height of 6ft (183cm) and taller.
  • Women aged 17 – 40 with a height of 5ft 9 (175cm) and taller.

The venue for the casting call is the Te Whaea – National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchinson Rd, Newtown, Wellington, and it’s to take place on Saturday, 26th February 2011 from 9:30 am – 12:00 noon and from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm.

Additional details can be found from the link provided above.

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  1. I want to be an elf! Casting call, come to Canada, please!

    • Salogel

      Yeah! Go fellow Canadian! We have talent too! I want to be an elf as well, sad that they only allow NZ’s isn’t it? I’m actually thinking of going to NZ to try out for it…

  2. Byrsdebbie

    I wanna be an elf!!! But alas I am too old, darn! and on the wrong side of the pond.

  3. I’m not short enough for a hobbit but not tall enough for an elf. I clearly lost at the genetic lottery. Hehe, I’m in the wrong country anyway 😉

  4. Tiffsno

    Casting call, please come to the Eastern US!!

  5. Kat

    Come to Appalachia. I want to be an elf!

  6. Maria

    Where do we go to get a NZ work permit?!

  7. Elven Features

    I fit perfectly into the casting category, applied, but was turned away online because I was from Australia. I was told I had to be from New Zealand.
    Word of warning guys! D’oh!

    • Maria L

      Yeah I had the same answer. All I asked is what would happen after selection (if someone was out there with NZ work permit) but they just said the same thing ‘have to be from NZ’.
      I know most productions pay for permits etc when they want someone to work for them, but I was just looking at going out there myself and taking it from there. (I wouldn’t’ expect them to pay for an ‘extra’)
      Sure the original ad said ‘must have valid NZ work permit’ and not ‘must be from NZ’.
      Guess they had so many from abroad they had to change it :-p

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