Sure, there are those that want to point out everything that they felt was wrong with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but that doesn't mean that fans aren't excited to see the next installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. While a trailer has yet to debut, there is a brief amount of footage revealed in a new video from director Peter Jackson, who decided to answer from fan questions about the second of his three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel. Of course, it doesn't hurt that some of the fans asking questions are The Colbert Report host and Tolkien scholar Stephen Colbert and Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd, but fans will likely be more enthralled with the first footage of Evangeline Lilly as the elf Tauriel. In addition, the clip features footage of Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Lee Pace as the Elven King Thranduil and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman. watch the video >> Posted 04.02.13 by Ryan
It's been over a month since director Peter Jackson released the seventh production video from the set of his two-part prequel, The Hobbit, which was the last footage available to fans until Jackson revealed some edited footage to those lucky enough to get inside Hall H during Warner Bros.' Comic-Con presentation. Luckily, Jackson has released an eighth video, which shows snippets of what was shown that day.
Starting at Comic-Con, Jackson introduces a behind-the-scenes look at the final week of shooting, which concentrated mostly on the second part, There and Back Again. Jackson is quick to point out that he can't reveal much from the second movie, but there's plenty for fans to enjoy, including Cate Blanchett on the set as Galadriel acting alongside Ian McKellen as Gandalf; Orlando Bloom as Legolas being directed by second unit director Andy Serkis (who also plays Gollum); plus sections devoted to new cast members Sylvester McCoy (who plays the wizard Radagast) and Lee Pace, who is seen preparing to play the Elven King Thranduil. watch the video >> Posted 07.24.12 by Ryan
Fans of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy will get to see plenty of familiar faces when the two-part prequel of The Hobbit debuts with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in late 2012, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again in 2013. Besides the return of Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum (motion-capture) and Hugo Weaving as Elrond, director and co-writer Peter Jackson has found a way to bring back Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman, and Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, even though the characters don't appear in J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel.
One character that won't be returning is Aragorn, the character Viggo Mortensen played in the trilogy of movies. During an interview with Movies.com, Mortensen revealed that he wasn't against returning but was never asked. why no aragorn? plus benedict cumberbatch talks about playing smaug >> Posted 11.24.11 by Ryan
While the elven archer Legolas isn't in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, there's been talk of Orlando Bloom reprising his Lord of the Rings character for some time. Today director Peter Jackson confirmed the Middle Earth news, posting the following as his Facebook update.
Posted 05.27.11 by reelz
Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I'm excited to announce today that we'll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older—and he doesn't! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf.
The upcoming, two-part adaptation of The Hobbit has opened up opportunities for characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to return to director Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth. Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel know that the return of Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Andy Serkis as Gollum are necessary to the book's plot, but not the respective returns of Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood as Galadriel and Frodo Baggins, two characters who don't appear in the original Hobbit novel.
Another Lord of the Rings character that could return, despite his exclusion in Tolkien's novel, is Legolas, the elven archer played by Orlando Bloom in the previous trilogy. Bloom admitted over a year ago that he would "be honored" to play Legolas again, and, in December, a report had Bloom "near a deal" to return for The Hobbit. Bloom has remained unconfirmed, but in a recent interview with Collider, admitted that a return could be imminent. bloom ready to go blonde again? >> Posted 04.08.11 by Ryan
In an exercise in contradiction, Orlando Bloom has decided not to return for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but has no problem returning for the Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, if Peter Jackson needs him back. In an interview with MTV, Bloom claims that he would "definitely" not return for Pirates 4 after enjoying three turns as Will Turner.
I think Will is sort of swimming around with the fish at the bottom of the ocean. I had a great time making those movies. I just really wanted to do different things, but I think it's going to be great.
At the same time, however, Bloom volunteered to return as elf Legolas, clearly giving preference to one franchise over another.
I shot an e-mail to Pete and I said, "You know, if you want me to donthe blonde wig and pointy ears again, I'd be honored to do it." He said, "Well, we'll see." They're very, very hush-hush. It's Guillermo [Del Toro]'s movie and I'm a huge fan of that man. He's obviously going to take his own idea of it, but I'm excited forthat movie. I think it's going to be great.
The role of Legolas is not featured in J.R.R. Tolkein's original novel, though whether or not he will be included in the movie is up to Jackson and Del Toro. Posted 01.27.10 by Ryan