Film company Big Primate Pictures, specifically created for the multimillion-dollar movie, has advertised for extras in tomorrow's Dominion Post.
The film company wants men and women aged 17 years and over, and anyone interested in being extras can write to the company, listing their contact details, and include "a headshot and full-length body shot" photographs.
"Successful applicants will be contacted in due course".
A King Kong spokeswoman said it was the first official call for extras, but no further details were available at this stage.
Kelburn resident Paul Giles, who enjoyed a stint as an extra in The Lord of the Rings so much that he now organises annual reunion lunches with about 100 other extras, said he would definitely be submitting photographs.
Mr Giles, who is retired, said he had already sent the film company a list of 125 former Lord of the Rings extras who were keen to re-enact the 1930s, the period the film is being set in. This week he had also read a novel based on the 1933 original film script as "a very good swot-up".
Mr Giles said he expected hundreds of people to apply because of how extras were treated on The Lord of the Rings.
"It's another adventure by Peter Jackson. Everybody's so enthusiastic and loyal to him. There's not one extra that I speak to who was disappointed with all the generous treatment, and the fantastic catering and the organisation."