If you have the physical appearance of a dwarf then your calling may have arrived, as according to Heat Vision casting and auditions for The Hobbit will begin this week. The only role they aren’t looking to cast is Gandalf, who will of course be played by Sir Ian McKellen.
“We’re auditioning for every role,” Jackson said in an interview, adding he is a big believer in casting a wide net to better match actors with the roles.
“What we’ve done over the years is discover a lot of interesting actors, like Orlando Bloom (in ‘Rings’), Kate Winslet (in ‘Heavenly Creatures’), Saoirse Ronan (in ‘The Lovely Bones’). So if you start looking and auditioning seriously, it’s amazing what incredible talent you’ll find out there.”
“Apart from Ian McKellen, who we obviously want to return as Gandalf, we are not really offering any roles to anybody until we’ve done a casting sweep,” Jackson said.
“(These movies) have never been a star-driven vehicle. The star is (author J.R.R.) Tolkien and the world he created. We are not under any pressure. We want to find the right people. Casting someone to portray a hobbit is not as easy as you might imagine. They have to have a particular type of physical appearance and a sensibility. And the same with an elf or a dwarf. These are fantastical characters, but you’ve got to find the right people to play them, the right humans to translate these characters.”
Jackson didn’t mention Andy Serkis or Hugo Weaving’s roles, which brings up a few questions. Are Gollum and Elrond not in the films? Are they recasting? Or did Jackson just forgot to mention them?
Auditions are being held in London and Los Angeles so if you fancy a trip to Middle Earth get yourself there!