Fans haven't seen any more official footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first chapter of the two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, since the first trailer arrived at the end of last year. However, director-producer-co-writer Peter Jackson has been good about releasing production video on his Facebook page.
Starting where the fifth production video left off, the latest peek into Jackson's The Hobbit continues to show beautiful shots of the New Zealand landscape used for the movie's sets, with commentary from some of the dwarves in the cast — Bifur (William Kircher), Kili (Aidan Turner), Fili (Dean O'Gorman), Ori (Adam Brown), Nori (Jed Brophy), and Dori (Mark Hadlow). The video also has Martin Freeman, dressed as from Bilbo Baggins, and Andy Serkis in his capacity as second unit director. (Serkis also returns as Gollum (in motion-capture) in the movie.) watch the video >> Posted 03.01.12 by Ryan
We've got another look at the work Peter Jackson and his production team are doing on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. MSN recently posted the movie's newest still image, and it features Dean O'Gorman and Aidan Turner looking lithe and battle-ready as Fili and Kili, the two youngest dwarves featured in J.R.R. Tolkien's acclaimed story.
This image is in stark contrast to the short, stout dwarves featured in Jackson's Lord of the Rings adaptations, which featured John Rhys-Davies as Gimli saying that dwarf men and women are so alike that outsiders cannot tell the difference. This newest image compliments the previous release of two other photos, one of the brothers Ori, Nori, and Dori, the other of Oin and Gloin (Gimli's father).
For the uninitiated, the events in The Hobbit take place some 60 years before those in Lord of the Rings. Jackson's movie is scheduled for release on December 14, 2012. Posted 07.12.11 by reelz
Director Peter Jackson used his Facebook page to announce the addition of two new cast members for The Hobbit.
Dean O'Gorman will play the dwarf Fili, replacing Rob Kazinsky who had to drop out of the movie because of "personal reasons."
Dean's a terrific Kiwi actor, who I am thrilled to be working with. He's recently been in an excellent TV series down here called The Almighty Johnsons, and I should let fans of that show know that our shooting schedule allows Dean to continue with a second series next year. Dean will be joining us next week.
Jackson also announced Lee Pace (pictured) has been cast to play the Elven King Thranduil. Lee played Ned the pie maker in the TV series Pushing Daisies and has a role in the two-part Breaking Dawn.
Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters, and Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil. He's going to be great. We loved his performance in a movie called The Fall a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since. When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately.
And to make every LOTR jealous, Jackson posted a photo of an old friend from the original trilogy.
The Hobbit was written by Jackson, original director Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens. The cast includes Sir Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Andy Serkis as Smeagol/Gollum, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Sylvester McCoy as the wizard Radagast, and Mikael Persbrandt as the shape-shifter Beorn, Ryan Gage as Drogo Baggins, father of Frodo. Posted 05.01.11 by Chris