Production Video #8 for The Hobbit Tackles Comic-Con
07.24.12 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.
For those caught up in the melancholy of the crews' last day on set, don't worry — they may be called back if Jackson is allowed by the studio to shoot even more footage. If he does, it's possible that There and Back Again will be split into two parts.
The Hobbit was written by Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy are Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman. New additions include Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Barry Humphries as the Goblin King, Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake Town, Mikael Persbrandt as the shape-shifter Beorn, Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the dragon Smaug, and Billy Connolly as Dain Ironfoot. Playing the dwarves are Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, 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.
An Unexpected journey will be released on Dec. 19, while There and Back Again will follow in 2013.