There's nothing that makes me more homesick or proud of New Zealand other than the world premiere of The Hobbit.
Please find below, original write-up by eventfinder.
Wellington, also known as The Middle of Middle-Earth is planning a blockbuster celebration today for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be the first release of The Hobbit Trilogy.
Stars and VIPs will walk more than 500 metres of red carpet from Reading Cinemas to The Embassy Theatre, both of which will be screening the film for invited guests today.
Stars on the Red Carpet
- Peter Jackson – filmmaker
- Fran Walsh – filmmaker
- Philippa Boyens – filmmaker
- Martin Freeman – Bilbo Baggins
- Richard Armitage – Thorin Oakenshield
- Cate Blanchett – Elf Queen Galadriel
- Hugo Weaving – Elf Lord Elrond
- Andy Serkis – Gollum
- Elijah Wood – Frodo Baggins
- Barry Humphries – the Goblin King
- Sylvester McCoy – Radagast the Brown
The Company of Dwarves:
- Jed Brophy
- Adam Brown
- John Callen
- Mark Hadlow
- Peter Hambleton
- William Kircher
- Graham McTavish
- James Nesbitt
- Dean O’Gorman
- Aidan Turner
Ian McKellen, who reprises his legendary role as the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, will be unable to attend but said: “It is thrilling that Peter and my other friends from the cast and crew will be re-united for the world premiere of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. I know they will have a wonderful welcome from the fans and I envy them. As ever, my heart is in Wellington, and I send my love.”