The Hobbit. The prequel to Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings has had it’s share of developmental horror stories. First, they couldn’t find a director (Lost Guillermo Del Toro). Then they couldn’t find money (Studio quagmire). Then they couldn’t find a crew (Union strike). Then they were called racists (Casting crap). Then Peter Jackson’s (who’s now directing) stomach tried to murder him (Perforated Ulcer). One bad thing after another. But like a bad case of herpes this film won’t go away.
Not to jinx this film any further, but finally we have a moment in which to rejoice. Filming will begin in March. Woo Hoo!
Jackson’s tummy surgery may have caused a slight delay in the start of filming, but he’s out of the hospital and recovering at home. The new start date is March 21.
The press release reads:
This date has been chosen following practical considerations of the filming schedule requirements, actor availability and the NZ seasons. Shooting will take place at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location around New Zealand.
Peter Jackson didn’t have much to say in the announcement, but shared a bit of optimism.
“Despite some delays we are fully back on track and very excited to get started.”
Oh shit. This is bad. I just realized the planned release date of ‘part one’ is Dec. 2012. That’s the foreseen time of the apocalypse. Could the actual release of Tolkien’s classic tale seal us to our impending doom? It would certainly explain all the ordeals with production. The shadow government is sending in ninjas and lawyers to interject and stop this film from happening.
Eh, if the ‘The Hobbit’ is the last thing I see before I burn in the fires of an exploding sun, I will die a happy nerd.
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he Hobbit stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. Reprising their roles are Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett. The rest of the confirmed cast includes:
- Richard Armitage (MI-5, Captain America) as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Dwarves, whose grandfather ruled the Lonely Mountain settlement destroyed by Smaug.
- Aidan Turner (Being Human) and Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders) as Kili and Fili, nephews of Thorin.
- James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday, Millions) as Bofur, “a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf.”
- Adam Brown as Ori, “another of the Dwarf Company which sets out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the infamous dragon, Smaug.”
- Graham McTavish (Secretariat) as Dwalin, blue-bearded, first to arrive at the home of Bilbo Baggins.
- John Callen as Oin, skillful fire-maker. Brother of Gloin.
- Stephen Hunter (All Saints) as Bombur, the fat, sleepy and slow member of Thorin’s company.
- Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori, strongest of the Dwarves, who carries Bilbo on his back at one point.
- Peter Hambleton (The Strip) as Gloin, brother of Oin, initially suspicious of Bilbo’s worth, but eventually convinced. Father of Gimli from The Lord of the Rings
- Ken Stott (Charlie Wilson’s War) is the Dwarf Lord Balin
- Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who) is the wizard Radagast the Brown
- Mikael Persbrandt (Day and Night) is Beorn, an enormous shape-shifter who can take the form of a bear
- Jed Brophy (The Lord of the Rings) is the dwarf Nori
- William Kircher is the dwarf Bifur