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And I always thought hobbits were meant to be cheerful, delightful little fellas. Guess Martin Freeman has a different opinion of adventuring across Middle Earth with a bunch a stinkin’ dwarves and wizard baked out of his mind. For more – oh yes, there’s plenty more – of Freeman flipping the bird head over to The Mary Sue where they’ve amassed an amusing gallery of just that. But first, hit the jump for more Hobbit News! (more…)

Finally it’s here!

One of the most anticipated films of the upcoming year (other than Batman & The Avengers) has released a high quality trailer for everyone to count their pennies for the 2012 Holiday season. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, trailer is here first for all you loyal literary/mythological nerds to salivate over. I know it may seem like such a tease, but after so many video/blog posts of the film production, the release of this trailer finally gives us a solid look at the Lord of the Rings universe that left an aching hole in our hearts since Lord of the Rings: Return of The King.  Take a gander and share with other nerd friends, ’cause Peter Jackson just gave you the best pre-Christmas gift ever, or Hanukkah gift for all our Jewish folks out there.

The film stars Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, andStephen Fry.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14, 2012.

Official Synopsis:

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Stephen Fry, the loveable English comedian, has been cast in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit!

The Hobbit, for those of you who have been living in a cave for the past 10 years, is the prequel to Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, set 60 years prior.

Director Jackson took to his Facebook page to inform his fans of recent casting news, and announced that Fry landed the role of Master of Laketown, who encounters Bilbo and the dwarves on their journey.

Some more Hobbit casting news today. As we near the end of our first shooting block (we have a break in less than three weeks to get some editing and visual effects work done, plus prepare for very big scenes coming up), we are looking at characters featuring in sequences that take place a little later in the story.

We are thrilled to confirm that Stephen Fry will be playing The Master of Laketown. I’ve known Stephen for several years, and we’re developing a Dambusters movie together. In addition to his writing skills, he’s a terrific actor and will create a very memorable “Master” for us.

The Master’s conniving civil servant, Alfrid will be played by Ryan Gage. Ryan is a great young actor who we originally cast in a small hobbit role, but we liked him so much, we promoted him to the much larger Alfrid part.

I only joined Bret’s fan-base, when he joined up with Jermaine Clement in their hilarious tv series Flight of the Conchords. Now he is briefly back in Rivendell as a senior official at Elrond’s Court and he has a name “Lindir”, which means “singer”. Tolkien has plenty of songs in The Hobbit but the script doesn’t indicate that Lindir will be singing any of them. If, as he promises, Bret makes a Conchord feature film ere long, I shall angle for a non-speaking part as BIGWIT. (“Bret Is…” etc.)

Last, and certainly not least, is Conan Stevens, who will be playing an Orc called Azog (orcs are never called Roger or Dennis for some strange reason). And yes that’s his name – Conan! Isn’t that cool? Azog is played by Conan! Here’s a photo of Conan and I together … I’m pretty tall … probably at least 6’5″ or 6’6″ I would guess, so that gives you some clue how tall Conan is! You can learn all about him at www.conanstevens.com.

Got a busy day’s shooting ahead, so I’m about to jump in the car – but look out for the beginning of the 20 questions answers very soon. Thanks for the questions – many are very insightful. I’ve been through all of them and have a list ready to go.

Cheers, Peter J

Already cast are: Martin Freeman as the main character of Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen returns in his role of Gandalf the Grey from the first trilogy, along with Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum and Elijah Wood as Frodo. The Dwarves are played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), William Kircher (Bifur) James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), John Callen (Oin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Adam Brown (Ori).