Richard Armitage Discusses The Hobbit
07.05.11 by Ryan
British actor Richard Armitage, best known for his roles in the BBC series MI-5 and Robin Hood, will receive his biggest exposure Stateside with roles in the upcoming comic book adaptation of Captain America: The First Avenger and writer-director-producer Peter Jackson's two-part The Lord of the Rings prequel,
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Armitage plays Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarves that head into Lonely Mountain to steal back the gold hoarded by a dragon named Smaug.
In an interview with UK site TotalFilm, Armitage revealed that fans will be surprised by the final product. "There’s going to be quite a lot more humor," said Armitage.
The book is so focused on the dwarves, so I think it’s a chance for Peter [Jackson] and Fran [Walsh] to really look at that whole race in more detail, their heritage and what they’re like as characters.
Fans of the original J.R.R. Tolkien novel know that Oakenshield carries the Elven sword the Orcrist, and Armitage says that the one he uses in the movie is a substantial prop.
It’s bloody heavy! But it’s absolutely beautiful to look at. Every time they bring something new out everyone gasps. The armor that the dwarves emerge from the mountain wearing at the end of the film will be the armor of all armor.
Armitage also revealed that some of the characters from The Lord of the Rings will make an appearance in the prequel.
There was a scene in The Lord Of The Rings where they find the stone trolls, and they’re identical in The Hobbit. I love those moments, when you link into the world of the film that you’ve seen before.
Both chapters of The Hobbit were written by Jackson, Walsh, Guillermo del Toro, and Philippa Boyens. The movies see the return of Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo, Elijah Wood as the elder Frodo, and Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman. The newcomer cast is led by Armitage as Oakenshield, along with Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, Sylvester McCoy as the wizard Radagast, Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the dragon Smaug, Mikael Persbrandt as the shape-shifter Beorn, Evangeline Lilly as the Woodland Elf Tauriel, and Barry Humphries as the Goblin King.