Third Production Video from The Hobbit by Peter Jackson
07.21.11 by Ryan
In April, director Peter Jackson released his first video blog for The Hobbit, the upcoming prequel to his The Lord of the Rings trilogy that will arrive in two-parts: 2012's An Unexpected Journey and 2013's There and Back Again. The blog focused on the start of production of the movie, which is being shot over a total of 254 days. With 54 days of shooting finished, the production took a break, and Jackson released a second video blog that showed the writer-director location scouting throughout New Zealand while the cast and crew discussed their plans for the month they would have off from production.
Yesterday, the third production blog was again released on Jackson's Facebook page, where he also made a somber announcement that The Hobbit would not have a presence at this weekend's Comic-Con.
Good news and bad news today. Bad news is that we won't be doing any Hobbit presentation at Comic Con in San Diego this year. New Line and Warner Bros were very happy to support a presentation, but I declined, simply because I felt it was too early. There's so much more of the films still to shoot. I just wanted to get that out there, because I've seen various references to the possibility of something Hobbity at Comic Con. Hate to disappoint anyone. But something tells me we will be there in force next year.
Jackson's "good news" is the video blog, which goes in depth with the actors who play the company of dwarves in the movie, both in and out of costume. Official photos of the characters have been slowly revealed throughout the month, but the video shows the actors engaging in combat training, learning the dwarf language, dwarf songs, and discussing the most attractive dwarf amongst the company. Other highlights include Jackson directing a scene between returning Lord of the Rings actors Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; a look into Gollum's (Andy Serkis) cave and a set visit from original Lord of the Rings dwarf, John Rhys-Davies. Also, it appears that the rumors that Jackson was shooting in England during the break with Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman may have some truth to it.
Adapted by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Guillermo del Toro, and Philippa Boyens from J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel. The dwarf cast includes Richard Armitage as Thorin, Ken Stott as Balin, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, James Nesbitt as Bofur, William Kircher as Bifur, Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori, Mark Hadlow as Dori, John Callen as Oin, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, Aidan Turner as Kili and Dean O'Gorman. The dwarves will be surrounded by The Lord of the Rings trilogy actors Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo, along with newcomers Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, Sylvester McCoy as the wizard Radagast, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the dragon Smaug.