About 200 extras are being sought for Peter Jackson's film
The Hobbit when filming is done in the Twizel area in
late November and December.
This week, advertisements are appearing in South Canterbury
and Otago newspapers seeking people interested in being
extras in the film - as townspeople and elves.
For townspeople, production company 3foot7 said it wanted men
and women between 30 and 80 years old with interesting
character faces - men with beards.
"All shapes, sizes and ethnicities welcome," the studio said.
For elves, it wants people between 17 and 35 years old, more
than 168cm in height.
The casting calls will take place at the Wanaka St John
training rooms on September 23; Twizel Events Centre and
Tekapo Community Hall on September 24; and Oamaru Opera House
Empire Room on September 25.