11 Feb 2011

The Hobbit cast in New Zealand

The Hobbit cast met at a press conference in Wellington this week with the notable absence of Peter Jackson still recovering at home after surgery. Although Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood were not present, the press had the chance to meet Martin Freeman and and the 13 actors who will play the dwarves . During the last month they all said enjoyed pre-production, practising, training in the gym, and riding horses in preparation for filming. In a statement Peter Jackson said he was 'under a medical form of house arrest' but added he would be ready to start working again very soon. Martin Freeman is excited at being involved and so close to filming

"...there is no denying however I'm in The Hobbit."

Bilbo's 13 Dwarves in the photo :

  • Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Dwarves
  • Aidan Turner and Rob Kazinsky as Kili and Fili, nephews of Thorin
  • Graham McTavish as Dwalin, a dwarf from the blue mountain
  • James Nesbitt as Bofur
  • Stephen Hunter as Bombur, a foolish, overindulgent dwarf
  • Mark Hadlow as Dori, strongest of the Dwarves
  • Peter Hambleton as Gloin, the father of LOTR’s Gimli
  • John Callen as Oin, the brother of Gloin
  • Ken Stott as Lord Balin
  • Adam Brown as Ori
  • John Callen as Oin
  • Jed Brophy as Nori
  • William Kircher is the dwarf Bifur
Filming of The Hobbit is schedule to start on March 21.