‘The Hobbit’ Begins Casting

Heat Vision reports that Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and company are beginning to search for actors for the forthcoming two-part The Hobbit.

“(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.”

Ian McKellen is reportedly the only holdover from the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Del Toro’s films begin shooting in 2010.

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