Director Peter Jackson and his cast of the upcoming, two-part Lord of the Rings, prequel, The Hobbit, have been fairly transparent about the movie-making process, but Martin Freeman may have taken that transparency a bit too far.
In April, Jackson video blogged the start of production and, last week, updated the movie's progress, announcing the additions of actors Stephen Fry and Conan Stevens and a change of role for Ryan Gage. Even Ian McKellen has gotten into the spirit, Tweeting a photo of himself in Gandalf costume and 3-D glasses, and revealing that Bret McKenzie would reprise a small role from the Fellowship of the Ring. Freeman has done a bit worse, revealing a secret casting decision. what did Freeman say? >> Posted 05.23.11 by Ryan
Gone are the days when fans could only read about upcoming movies in magazines and watch footage in trailers on TV before seeing the real thing on the big screen. Director Peter Jackson has recognized that the peering blogs of the Internet don't keep anything secret for long, so he's introduced a commitment to transparency through his Facebook page. Jackson has already delivered a Master class in frame rates, and his latest offering is a video blog that goes behind the scenes of The Hobbit, chronicling the start of production. watch the video >> Posted 04.14.11 by Ryan
Now that director Peter Jackson is no longer suffering from the perforated stomach ulcer that led him to being hospitalized in January, shooting on The Hobbit, the two-part prequel to the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is set to start March 21, possibly with Saoirse Ronan amongst the cast. Ronan's casting was rumored in January, but Ronan told The Irish Times that nothing is confirmed.
Bad luck associated with the movie? >> Posted 02.16.11 by Ryan
No, nothing has actually been confirmed yet. I’d love to get a role in The Hobbit. I think everybody in the world would like a role in The Hobbit.
Director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit goes into production next month in New Zealand, but the main cast of the two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy was recently assembled in Wellington for the first official press conference for the movies. Jackson himself could not take part in the press conference because he was on "health 'house arrest'" after being hospitalized with a perforated ulcer, but on hand were Martin Freeman, who will play the title character, Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, and the 13 actors who will play the dwarves that accompany Bilbo on his journey to Lonely Mountain. More about the hobbit >> Posted 02.12.11 by BrentJS
British actor Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Office), was rumored for the role of Bilbo Baggins in the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit in September, and now that the movie has been greenlit with Peter Jackson directing, the actor has been confirmed in the role.
"Despite the various rumors and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us," Peter Jackson told Deadline. "There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave — exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit." More cast revealed >> Posted 10.22.10 by Ryan