Quoting from acting-auditions.org :
Casting is scheduled to begin next week, December 14, 2009, on the upcoming MGM Studios feature film “The Hobbit” Part 1. The project is now being developed as two films, and principal photography is tentatively scheduled to begin in New Zealand around May or June 2011. Please submit photos and resume by mail only.
Great news indeed! Good Luck everyone :)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE CLAIMS ON THE SITE acting-auditions.org ARE APPARENTLY NOT TRUE FOLLOWING REPUTABLE SOURCES IN NEW ZEALAND REVEALING THE ADDRESSES GIVEN IN THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE by acting-autidion.org ARE BOGUS.