First Look at the Assembled Cast of The Hobbit (No Costumes Yet)
02.12.11 by BJSprecher
Director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit goes into production next month in New Zealand, but the main cast of the two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy was recently assembled in Wellington for the first official press conference for the movies. Jackson himself could not take part in the press conference because he was on "health 'house arrest'" after being hospitalized with a perforated ulcer, but on hand were Martin Freeman, who will play the title character, Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, and the 13 actors who will play the dwarves that accompany Bilbo on his journey to Lonely Mountain.
In The Hobbit book by J.R.R. Tolkien on which the movies will be based, Bilbo is prompted by the Wizard Gandalf (played by Sir Ian McKellen) to accompany a troop of dwarves—Kili (Aidan Turner), Fili (Rob Kazinsky), Bofur (James Nesbitt), Ori (Adam Brown), Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Oin (John Callen), Bombur (Stephen Hunter), Dori (Mark Hadlow), Gloin (Peter Hambleton), Nori (Jed Brophy) and Balin (Ken Stott).—led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest to recover treasure stolen by Smaug, a terrible dragon that lives in Lonely Mountain. It is on this quest that Bilbo discovers the "One Ring" that serves as the centerpiece of the dramatic action in LOTR trilogy.
The Hobbit screenplays were written by Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. In addition to McKellen, other actors who will be reprising their LOTR roles include Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Andy Serkis as Smeagol/Gollum and Hugo Weaving as Elrond. Other new additions include Sylvester McCoy as the wizard Radagast, Mikael Persbrandt as the shape-shifter Beorn, and Ryan Gage as Drogo Baggins, father of Frodo.
Additional photos of the assembled cast can be found on the Weta website, along with the full audio of the press conference.