Pictures of THE HOBBIT movie!
See Mookychick's pictures of THE HOBBIT movie! Check out pictures of the dwarves and Martin Freeman as the Hobbit, along with the Hobbit cast news, the Hobbit curse and more...
by Magda Knight
THE HOBBIT release date
Oh, not long to wait now for the movie prequel to THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Even better, THE HOBBIT is set to be a two-parter, so we have more than one film to look forward to! THE HOBBIT release date is officially scheduled for December 14, 2012 from Warner Bros. So long as the Eschaton doesn't happen (don't worry, conspiratorial theorists: It won't), we're looking forward to the most resplendently hobbity Christmas movie ever. Let's celebrate with EVERYTHING RELATED TO THE HOBBIT MOVIE EVER. By the way, its full title is "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". But you book-lovers knew that already.
Pictures of THE HOBBIT Movie
THE HOBBIT Cast and Characters
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. We want Gandalf to do our party decorations, please. If we can tear him away from the Hobbiton weed whose smoke rings he so loves to curl and dance around his old wooden pipe...
Martin Freeman (BAFTA winner for the recent fantastic TV series 'Sherlock') has been cast as Bilbo Baggins, the central character in the movie. He makes a disturbingly convincing Hobbit - he's possibly even better as a Bilbo Baggins than a Martin Freeman, which is saying something.
We'll see quite a few actors reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” movies, partly because the screenplay for THE HOBBIT doesn't 100% follow JRR Tolkien's book. Cate Blanchett will return as Galadriel. Orlando Bloom will be all gorgeous again as the elf Legolas. Ian Holm will show his face the elder Bilbo. Christopher Lee (yay! It wouldn't be the same without him) will return as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood (aw) as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. What'sssss it gggggottt in itsss pocketsesssss?
The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry (OMG Stephen Fry is in THE HOBBIT movie!), Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy (we still remember him as Doctor Who), Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner. That's one hell of a cast list.
THE HOBBIT Trailer
We've got a year and a half to go. The official trailer for THE HOBBIT still isn't out. Instead, we'll give you a video of Peter Jackson on set during production. What a lovely, hairy talent Mister Jackson is.
THE HOBBIT Curse
So many things have gone wrong with the filming of THE HOBBIT that it's believed to have its very own movie curse. Look at what poor Peter Jackson's had to contend with:
- MGM goes broke and THE HOBBIT movie is delayed indefinitely
- Director and co-scriptwriter Guillermo del Toro (Labyrinth, Hellboy 2) leaves the project
- Union issues in New Zealand for cast extras nearly forced Peter Jackson to move the whole production to Eastern Europe. Luckily, the New Zealand PM stepped in to help make the magic happen, and THE HOBBIT filming has commenced in Wellington, Canterbury and the Waikato. HOORAY!
- Peter Jackson gets a perforated ulcer and needs surgery...
- Peter Jackson's warehouse burns down. Everything is destroyed.
- Weeks into filming, THE HOBBIT loses one of its main dwarves, Fili (meant to have been played by Rob Kazinsky). It's sad, but life happens.
At least these pictures of THE HOBBIT movie show that everything is moving forward, now. The characters have been portrayed beautifully, the sets look fantastic, and everything is falling into place...
To celebrate THE HOBBIT's upcoming adventures, let's round things off by making a public promise to grow the hair on our feet until its glorious release date.
We dare you to try to tell us you're not excited. Go on. We dare you.
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