FINALLY! Things are finally getting underway with The Hobbit and the movie has had so many setbacks/roadblocks, just as much as The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (if you can imagine that). The studio situation has been settled, the departure of director Guillermo Del Toro has been settled thanks to Peter Jackson coming in to direct again(!), and all the union stuff going down in NZ is still happening but will be fixed shortly I think. Either production will move or things will get settled, who knows. Now Peter Jackson has announced the initial cast! Martin Freeman (The Office, Hitchhiker’s Guide..) will play Bilbo Baggins and I think it’s a great choice!
Other actors were announced as well including Richard Armitage from BBC’s Robin Hood, who will play Thorin Oakenshield. Plus you have: Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton! There’s still plenty of casting going on but obviously Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis will be returning. There’s also rumors that Bill Nighy will be voicing Smaug the Dragon which would be cool. What about the Tom Waits rumors?
Martin Freeman Confirmed to Star as Title Character “Bilbo Baggins” Richard Armitage to Play “Thorin Oakenshield,” Leader of the Dwarves
(LOS ANGELES October 21, 2010) – Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan
Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton have joined the ensemble cast of the The Hobbit, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema; Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros.; Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., and Peter Jackson.
Since The Hobbit films received a green light on October 15, pre-production has been in full swing. Set for release in December, 2012 and December, 2013, we can confirm that Martin Freeman (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Hot Fuzz) will play Bilbo Baggins, the hero of the story. Richard Armitage (UK TV’ s MI-5 and soon to appear in Captain America: The First Avenger) is set to play Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon.
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