In lieu of another trailer or releasing any new footage, director Peter Jackson has done an excellent job of keeping fans engaged with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of Jackson's two-part prequel for The Lord of the Rings, with production videos from the New Zealand set (the seventh of which was released early last month). Luckily, Entertainment Weekly has released several new photos (via The Playlist), as the movie is featured on its most recent magazine cover.
While the photos aren't exactly revelatory, they'll have to do until Jackson and Warner Bros. release something new (likely at Comic-Con), but they do offer new looks at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum (underneath the layers of animation), and several of the dwarves in barrels (Graham McTavish as Dwalin, Adam Brown as Ori, Ken Stott as Balin, James Nesbitt as Bofur, Mark Hadlow as Dori and Jed Brophy as Nori). There's also a few looks at Ian McKellen as Gandalf, who promised EW that fans will be pleased with the two-part epic. check out the photos >> Posted 07.03.12 by Ryan
Director and co-writer Peter Jackson is certainly taking a few liberties for his upcoming, two-part Lord of the Rings prequel of The Hobbit, bringing back characters from the The Lord of the Rings trilogy like Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), and Legolas (Orlando Bloom), even though they are absent from J.R.R. Tolkien's original book. However, Evangeline Lilly's character of Tauriel the Woodland Elf has the distinction of being created entirely by Jackson and co-writers Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh, and Guillermo del Toro.
Out of concern for Tolkein's loyal fans, Lilly admitted last September that she was "very concerned" that fans will consider her the "black mark" in the movie because Tauriel is an invented character, which may have been part of her motivation to reveal to Yahoo! that she prepared so much for the Hobbit shoot that she felt she did about "four times as much time preparing" as she did camera work. read lilly's comments and see the new photo >> Posted 01.31.12 by Ryan
One small group at a time, the dwarves are being revealed from director Peter Jackson's upcoming, two-part prequel to Lord of the Rings, 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and 2013's The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
So far this month, J.R.R. Tolkien fans have been treated to the first look at Fili and Kili, Ori, Nori, and Dori, and Oin and Gloin. The most recent look comes from IGN, who have revealed a photo of brothers Bombur (Stephen Hunter) and Bofur (James Nesbitt) and their cousin Bifur (William Kircher). The three join the quest to the Lonely Mountain to seek the fortune stolen by the dragon called Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and for the free beer. Nick Frost to play a dwarf, too >> Posted 07.14.11 by Ryan
With director Peter Jackson rehabilitating in a Wellington, New Zealand, hospital suffering from a perforated stomach ulcer, an unofficial casting confirmation has appeared online for Jackson's upcoming two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit.
According to an interview by Irish Film and Television with casting director Ros Hubbard (via ComingSoon), Saoirse Ronan has been cast in the prequel. Hubbard was asked about the many Irish actors cast in the movie, including James Nesbitt (as Bofur) and Aidan Turner (as Kili), to which Hubbard slipped and mentioned Ronan was cast as well. who would Ronan play? >> Posted 01.28.11 by Ryan
British actor Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Office), was rumored for the role of Bilbo Baggins in the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit in September, and now that the movie has been greenlit with Peter Jackson directing, the actor has been confirmed in the role.
"Despite the various rumors and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us," Peter Jackson told Deadline. "There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave — exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit." More cast revealed >> Posted 10.22.10 by Ryan