May 5, 2000
Lord of the Rings casting director Liz Mullane took to the
streets of Wellington yesterday looking for new extras wanting to find a place in the
Peter Jackdon-directed film trilogy.
Ms Mullane, fresh from accompanying the massive cast to the
shoot on Mt Ruapehu, also issued an invitation to a new batch of hopefuls - "the more
the better" - to audition between 11am and 3pm at the former Show Building site of
the New Zealand Dance and Drama centre in Hutchison St on Saturday and Sunday.
Unlike previous auditions, this latest search would be for
specific body types: "very tall, slim people and soldier types". Ms Mullane said
the need was mainly for elves and the warrior Uruk-hais.
Elves were "tall, slim and very beautiful, 5ft 10in
(1.8m) and over"; the soldier types should be of "good, fit sorts of build, 5ft
9in (1.75m) and over".