Wellington gears up for Hobbit premiere
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 11:54a.m.
Expect to see hairy feet and pointy ears back on Wellington's streets later this year, as the city throws a party to celebrate the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The first of two films by Sir Peter Jackson about the adventures of hobbit Bilbo Baggins will premiere at the Embassy theatre on November 28.
It's hoped the film's stars, including Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and Andy Serkis, will walk the red carpet along Courtenay Place, the Dominion Post reported.
Sir Peter said the city has become home to The Hobbit's cast and crew over the past two years.
"We cannot think of a more perfect way to send The Hobbit off into the world than to celebrate with a huge party here in Wellington, where the journey began."
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the premiere will be an opportunity for Wellington's creativity, talent and industry to be showcased globally.
She is confident that the numbers turning out will exceed the 100,000 for the Return of the King premiere in 2003, including thousands of overseas fans and huge media coverage.
"This is a great chance for the city to shine around the world.
"Like the blockbusters before it, The Hobbit is proof that great things can come from boutique-sized cities - we're very proud that The Hobbit was made in Wellington and we'll have a celebration to remember."
The council is spending $1.15 million on the party - the money coming from a levy on businesses in the central city.
Prime Minister John Key welcomed the news that Wellington will host another world premiere.
"It will be a real crowd pleaser as we welcome the movie's stars back for another landmark event."
Shooting for both Hobbit films is expected to be wrapped up by the end of next month.
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6/06/2012 12:26:33 p.m.
It sure cost the taxpayer (Me) after John stuck his nose in to the labour dispute. I want a free ticket.
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