New Photos from the Set of The Hobbit
11.28.11 by BJSprecher
Peter Jackson once again proves that he is not only one of the most fan-friendly filmmakers working in cinema today, but also press-friendly. Jackson routinely offers updates on his currently-in-production two-part prequel to the The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy, The Hobbit, on his personal Facebook page and he has already shared four production video blogs chronicling the making of the movie. Not only that, but he obviously doesn't place a moratorium on what invited press can report on — a nearly ubiquitous practice for major movie productions — when they visit the sets in New Zealand because "Quint" from AICN has just posted a detailed account of his travels throughout Jackson's re-creation of "Middle-earth," complete with several revealing photos, most notably shots of Sir Ian McKellen's Gandalf stand-in, the 7-foot-tall New Zealander "Tall Paul" (left), and Stephen Hunter in costume as the dwarf Bombur.
Click here to read Quint's account and to see more photos from the set of The Hobbit.
The Hobbit was written by Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens and is based on acclaimed fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien's novel of the same name. Joining McKellen in reprising their roles from LOTR are Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman and Andy Serkis as Gollum (motion-capture). Joining Hunter as dwarves (Tolkien's spelling) are Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Ken Stott as Balin, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, James Nesbitt as Bofur, William Kircher as Bifur, Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori, Mark Hadlow as Dori, John Callen as Óin, Peter Hambleton as Glóin, Aidan Turner as Kili and Dean O'Gorman as Fili. Other new additions include Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Sylvester McCoy as the wizard Radagast, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Barry Humphries as the Goblin King, Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake Town, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, Mikael Persbrandt as the shape-shifter Beorn, Ryan Gage as Alfrid and Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the dragon Smaug.