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Peter Jackson Denies Hobbit Casting at Comic-Con + Hobbiton Being Rebuilt

Executive producer/writer Peter Jackson has debunked a rumor reported by the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog that casting for The Hobbit and its sequel would be announced at Comic-Con this week [Empire Magazine]:

“No, we won’t be announcing Bilbo for a little while. We’re starting to think about casting, but we’re knee-deep in the script right now. And when we do go to actors, they’re probably going to ask to see a script, so we’re powering ahead with getting the first draft done.”]

And in an exciting sign, in anticipation of filming re-building of Hobbiton has begun.  TheOneRing.net reports:

Ringer Spy Uhtred passed this information to Red Carpet Tours, and they have exclusively shared these pics with TheOneRing.net! The re-building of Hobbiton has begun, with the planting of hedgerows and fruit trees. An extension to the path that passes in front of Bag End has been marked out also. There will be several new Hobbit holes dotted along its length.

Here are two images:

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Check out more at TheOneRing.netThe Hobbit, and its sequel, are scheduled to hit theaters in December 2011 and 2012, respectively.