It has just been confirmed that, as expected, The Embassy Theatre will host the premiere, with the stars walking 500 metres of red carpet to the entrance. But which stars? That’s something the organisers are just not revealing reports TVNZ. Peter Jackson’s personal assistant at Wingnut, Matt Dravitzki said,
“I can’t tell you today, but all will be revealed in due course.”
But Peter Jackson will, of course be there. This morning Sir Peter said he was,
“thrilled” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have its world premiere in the “Middle of Middle-earth”.
“Nowhere else in the world does a premiere quite like Wellington, and I’m very grateful for the support of the Mayor, the Council and all Wellingtonians. It’s special showing any film to an audience for the first time, but even more so when it’s in your home town,”
Wellington City Council will contribute $1.1 million to the premiere week activities and towards making sure the world sees Wellington at its best. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said,
“It’s also the city that has been integral in bringing the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien to life on the big screen. So for a week around the premiere Wellington will be known as The Middle of Middle-earth.”
So which stars do you hope to see on the red carpet? My guess is that at least one of the dwarves will not be there. Ken Stott, who plays Balin, is due to be starring in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in London at that time. Barry Humphries, who plays the Great Goblin, is also appearing in London on the day of the Wellington premiere. He is in the Prince’s Trust charity gala We Are Most Amused.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey world premiere is on 28th November 2012.