Michael Regina from TheOneRing.Net emailed to let us know that finally after much delays and hold ups The Hobbit will being shooting March 21st 2011. This date has been chosen following practical considerations of the filming schedule requirements, actor availability and the NZ seasons. Shooting will take place at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location around New Zealand.
I am a huge fan of Tolkiens work and The Lord of the Rings was a true masterpiece in Peter Jacksons hands. I have high hopes that we can revisit the world of middle earth and be drawn into another magical film experience.
Confirmed cast include: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Mikael Persbrant, Sylvester McCoy and Elijah Wood. Director, Sir Peter Jackson, comments: “Despite some delays we are fully back on track and very excited to get started.”