Jackson Talks “Hobbit” Casting Process

Peter Jackson says that casting for “The Hobbit” starts this week with wide auditions expected for every role except Gandalf (Ian McKellen) according to Heat Vision.

“We’re auditioning for every role,”apart from Ian McKellen who we obviously want to return as Gandalf. We are not really offering any roles to anybody until we’ve done a casting sweep” says Jackson.

Big stars aren’t necessary either as “(These movies) have never been a star-driven vehicle…. We want to find the right people.” He once again dismissed delay talk, claiming they were always planned to start shooting around April or May of 2010.