Friday, February 11, 2011

UPDATED - FIRST LOOK: Cast of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'

After many rumors and even more waiting, the cast of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' got together in New Zealand to hold a press conference and give us our first look at the entire group together for the first time.  

Photo: WetaNZ
Production on 'The Hobbit' is to begin March 21 in New Zealand.  Part 1 is set to be released December 2012, and Part 2 in 2013.  The cast of the movie is:

Martin Freeman – Bilbo Baggins
Richard Armitage – Thorin Oakenshield
Rob Kazinski – Fili
Aidin Turner – Kili
John Callen – Oin
Graham McTavish – Dwalin
Stephen Hunter – Bombur
Peter Hambleton – Gloin
Mark Hadlow – Dori

Over the past couple of months they have also announced others that will appear in the movies from the original trilogy.  Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett.

I am aware that there are some readers who may only know the title of The Hobbit, but not be familiar with the story.  Pluse, just the like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, things may get moved around a bit.  Here is the official description of the movie's story:

The Hobbit, "There and Back Again" acts as a prelude to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings book, in which Gandalf commissions Bilbo Baggins on joining a group of Dwarves to fetch some lost treasure from the grasp of a vicious Dragon named Smaug. Along their way, the group has a variety of different adventures.
The movie will be released in two installments, The Hobbit Part 1 and The Hobbit Part 2. The first installment will focus mostly on the Hobbit novel itself. The Hobbit Part 2, will include some of the Hobbit movie but will also focus on bridging The Hobbit story into The Lord of the Rings. Scenes such as "The White Council", which is not included in The Hobbit book are expected to be shown in The Hobbit Part 2.

The audio of the entire press conference with the cast is online at the Weta site.  The audio quality isn't that great, but you do get to hear how great the cast is together.  (UPDATE: You can now watch the entire press conference from New Zealand's 3 News website.)  It does sound like Peter has once again gotten a great group together.  

Anyone else hoping that we get to some footage at Comic-Con?  

What say you?

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Jungle Jesse

Source: Official Hobbit Facebook, Official Hobbit Movie Site

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