The Hobbit to Start Shooting in June... It's (almost) official!
THE HOBBIT's, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in July. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.
The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons' and the studio in Miramar.
I suppose this is probably as close to "official" as we're going to get without there being a Press Release from the studio.
Hopefully casting news will be soon to follow!