The rolling green hills of The Shire never looked so good and Howard Shore’s majestic score has never sounded so sweet. That’s right, the first official trailer for The Hobbit has arrived and it’s so good it’ll make you grow hair on your feet. In it you’ll hear a voice over of Bilbo Baggins start into another storytelling session to Frodo and soon we see Gandalf luring Bilbo Baggins into his destiny to the Lonely Mountain in search of the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. Martin Freeman looks terrific as the younger Bilbo Baggins and he should be splendid in the lead role. There’s also a few familiar faces that will be sure to please fans as well as a roll call of the 13 dwarves joining Bilbo and Gandalf. The trailer is also planned to be shown in theaters before showings of the Adventures of Tintin this week in case you want to see it as it’s meant to be seen. Check it out!
There’s been a bit of casting news since our last Hobbit post.
The main cast of The Hobbit are Martin Freeman (Young Bilbo Baggins, Sherlock), James Nesbitt (Bofur, Millions), Rob Kazinsky (Fili, Timeless), Aidan Turner (Kili, Being Human UK), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield, Captain America), Ken Stott (Balin, One Day), Graham McTavish (Dwalin, Rambo), Peter Hambleton (Gloin, The Last Tattoo), John Callen (Oin, Man Who Lost His Head), Stephen Hunter (Bombur, All Saints), Adam Brown (Ori, Chucklevision), Mark Hadlow (Dori, King Kong), William Kircher (Bifur, Out of the Blue) and Jed Brophy (Nori, Lord of the Rings: Two Towers). Nothing has changed there.
Some other new names that have been attached to the film are Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug, Sherlock), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman, Immortals), Lee Pace (King Thranduil, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt.2), Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt (Beorn) and Stephen Fry (Master of Laketown, Qi). Rumors are still circling whether Brian Blessed (Flash Gordon) will be added and it appears that Viggo Mortensen will not make an appearance as Aragon in the two-part Hobbit saga.
The casting of Cumberbatch is a pleasant surprise in that the production of BBC’s Sherlock was rumored to be held up because of Freeman’s involvement with The Hobbit, but it appears that Weta got them both in a package deal. As the dragon Smaug, Cumberbatch (who can be seen this month in two feature films: War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will be undergoing the motion capture process like Andy Serkis does with Gollum. It’s one thing to believe Serkis hunched over playing Gollum, Caesar (Rise of The Planet of the Apes) or King Kong (King Kong) but imagine the mo-cap sessions of Cumberbatch crawling around on the ground or pretending to fly, or yes, flaring his nostrils! This should be an amazing performance.
Returning to their roles from the Lord of the Rings trilogy are Orlando Bloom (Legolas) Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Christopher Lee (Saruman), Elijah Wood (Frodo) Andy Serkis (Gollum) Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Ian Holm (Old Bilbo) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf the Grey). Thankfully Peter Jackson is back directing both films and we wouldn’t have it any other way (sorry, Guillermo del Toro). The Hobbit is scheduled for a December 14, 2012 release date.
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