Recently, advertisements have been appearing in the South Canterbury and Otago region newpapers, calling for roughly 200 extras to play elves and townspeople in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit.
The film's production company, 3foot7, is looking for men and women between the ages of 30 and 80 years who either have "interesting" character faces, or are men with beards, to play townspeople. "All shapes, sizes and ethnicities welcome," the studio has said.
For elves, the company is seeking people between the ages of 17 and 35 years, who are more than 168cm in height.
Casting call locations and dates:
Wanaka St John training rooms - Friday, September 23
Twizel Events Centre and Tekapo Community Hall - Saturday, September 24
Oamaru Opera House Empire Room - Sunday, September 25.