The Hobbit movie dwarves led by Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins assembled in Wellington, New Zealand at a press conference to discuss their roles and the absence of Peter Jackson.
Jackson is currently under what he described in a statement as a “medical form of house arrest” following surgery for a perforated ulcer. He doesn’t want to “pop any stitches” but promises to join his cast and crew soon.
Freeman and the actors who will comprise the 12 dwarves have been in New Zealand for a month already in preparation for their roles. The dwarves are played by notables James Nesbitt and Richard Armitage along with Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, Mark Hadlow and Jed Brophy.
The group posed for a photo which can be viewed below, along with the colorful press conference right here.
The Hobbit begins filming on March 21 at Stone Street Studios in Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand.