Fans seem to be exuding over excitedness for the casting addition of Lee Pace and Dean O’Gorman to Peter Jackson‘s latest foray into Middle Earth, The Hobbit. Via his Facebook page, Jackson announced they will be playing the roles of Elven King Thranduil and Fili.
I’m very pleased to be welcoming two new cast members to our team.
Dean O’Gorman will be playing Fili. 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.
I’m also pleased to announce that Lee Pace will be playing the Elven King Thranduil. 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.
It’s been a great week, and I’m looking forward to the next few. It’s going to be interesting…
I have to admit, before this announcement, I had absolutely no clue who these guys where. I am not sure I care. I have however read The Hobbit, and am familiar with the characters. I would have no cred and be laughed at (and pointed at, there’s always the pointing…) if I wasn’t at least aware of the characters. Moving on…
Jackson seems to be very excited about this recent casting decision, and says that, “When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately”. He seems to know his shit considering previous massive success with the last three movies. Some fun facts about the upcoming The Hobbit. The Bilbo house is built, and looks fucking cool. It makes me want one, and I don’t care how weird that makes me. The movie is scheduled to come out 2-3 years from now (at which point we may care more or even less about random actors who starred in Australian TV- thats O’Gorman). The video blog on Jackson’s page shows some good stuff from backstage, check it out! He doesn’t talk about the casting there, but whatever casting he does, I’m quite sure the theaters will be filled with elf-eared fans and people who have spent many years attempting to master elvish.