Saoirse Ronan Says The Hobbit Casting Unconfirmed; Lonely Mountain Unavailable
Posted 02.16.11 by Ryan
Now that director Peter Jackson is no longer suffering from the perforated stomach ulcer that led him to being hospitalized in January, shooting on The Hobbit, the two-part prequel to the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is set to start March 21, possibly with Saoirse Ronan amongst the cast. Ronan's casting was rumored in January, but Ronan told The Irish Times that nothing is confirmed.
No, nothing has actually been confirmed yet. I’d love to get a role in The Hobbit. I think everybody in the world would like a role in The Hobbit.
Jackson is still not having an easy time with the production, despite his improved health and the cast assembling in New Zealand. GettheBigPicture reports that Jackson's location pick for The Hobbit's
Mount Doom Lonely Mountain, New Zealand's Mount Ngauruhoe, isn't available. The local Maori tribesmen are refusing to allow Jackson and his crew to shoot in the mountain region, which the tribe says is a sacred place. Jackson is scrambling around to find a new Mount Doom Lonely Mountain, which is the home of the dragon Smaug and the treasure that Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is attempting to "burgle".
As for the possibility of yet another setback, Freeman said: "there are some bits of bad luck associated with [the movie.] We’re ready to go, as soon as 2015 comes around." We're pretty sure he meant "2015" sarcastically. Pretty sure.