Second Production Video Released from The Hobbit
07.09.11 by Ryan
Back in April, director Peter Jackson released his first video blog about the start of production on his upcoming two-part prequel to his The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
Nearly three months later, Jackson has released a second video blog on his Facebook page highlighting the break in production that occurred after 54 days of shooting (there's 200 to go). Some of the footage includes what the cast and crew will do with their month off, Jackson doing location scouting, and footage of actor Andy Serkis in his motion capture outfit portraying Gollum.
The two Hobbit movies were written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Guillermo del Toro, and Philippa Boyens, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel. The cast includes the return of Ian McKellen's as Gandalf, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian Holm as an elder Bilbo, and Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman. The newcomer cast is led by Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo, along with Richard Armitage as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield, 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.