It took a minute for the /update-the-hobbit-extra-rejected-because-of-race/controversy surrounding The Hobbit's last casting search to settle down, which saw a woman screaming "racism" after being told her skin was too dark to appear as a Hobbit. Now Peter Jackson and his crew are once again seeking out local New Zealand extras for this upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel.

Let's just hope no one is turned away for not being pale enough, or for not being able to ride a horse. If memory serves me correctly, there weren't any African-American Elves in the first trilogy. Maybe that will all change with The Hobbit.

Peter Jackson is currently seeking Elven Horse Riders and Elven extras. The current call that has been listed does not site skin color as a requirement, so let's hope the casting directors have been prepped on how to handle anyone who shows up with slightly darker skin than the very opaque and white haired Orlando Bloom.

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Here is the official The Hobbit casting call for Elven Horse Riders and Elven extras.

Location: Wellington­, Wellington­

Listed: Tue, 15 Feb

Type: Part time, Contract/T­emp


The production of The Hobbit films is currently looking for people to play ELVEN HORSE RIDERS and ELVEN EXTRAS.

The Elven physical build is tall and slender.

MEN - aged 17 - 40

Height 6ft (183cm) and taller

WOMEN - aged 17 - 40

Height 5ft 9 (175cm) and taller

If you have already been seen at a casting call there is no need to re-apply as you will be on file.

If you cannot attend the casting call and fit the Elven requirements please email us via the 'Apply online' button below and we will send out an application form (please note we do not require CVs or cover letters).

DATE: Saturday February 26 2011

TIMES: 9.30 - 12pm AND 1.30 - 3pm

LOCATION: Te Whaea - National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchinson Rd, Newtown, Wellington.

If you do NOT fit into these height ranges please do not apply. Please expect a wait depending on numbers.

There will be casting calls in other cities as required.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.

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