With The Hobbit set to start filming on March 21st the cast and crew have made their way to New Zealand ready for the year-long shoot. To mark the beginning of production the cast held a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, giving fans their first look at Bilbo and his band of thirteen dwarves (in non-Middle Earth clothing).
Today’s press conference opened with an apology from Peter Jackson, who said he couldn’t be there as he was “under a form of medical house arrest” since being hospitalised with a perforated ulcer last week.
“And to be honest, perhaps it’s just as well. These guys make me laugh so hard that I’d be in danger of popping a stitch or something,” Jackson continued in his statement.
Confirming the truth of that, the cast of 13 dwarves and one hobbit kept up a constant flow of quips and wisecracks throughout the whole press conference. We knew Martin Freeman was funny with a good script – well, he’s hilarious without one as well.
Hopefully we will be getting some images of these guys filming on set next month. I imagine there will be a lot more photographers around than during the filming of The Lord of the Rings ten years ago.