A couple of updates from The Hobbit camp. No, Ian McKellan isn’t official yet but you know who is? All ethnicities!! A casting director was dismissed from the production after placing a newspaper ad only requesting light-skinned people audition to play Hobbit extras. In actuality, Peter Jackson and company never specified any particular race be featured in the film. This decision was solely made by the casting director. Then again, it’s New Zealand. Where are you going to find non-whites? I hope that newspaper didn’t charge by the letter.
Secondly, the decision has been made to make The Hobbit films awesome. It was inevitable that the film would be presented in 3D, but now we have confirmation that it will be shot in 3D as opposed to being post-converted a la Clash Of The Titans. Furthermore, the production will use 30 cameras during their 380 day shoot. Damn. I get tired just opening a tripod. This crew is going to be SPENT. (via NY Times and Engadget)