Clint and I have spent most of the week in an airplane – complete with our unsightly ear plugs (both suffering from colds) – so most of this weeks updates have been made from airport lounges, internet cafe’s or, as is the case here, a wonky wireless connection aboard an air bus. Excuse if the connection cuts out half-way th……
….and we’re back!
We’ve got a press release from Peter Jackson in which he has confirmed several cast members for “The Hobbit”! – the film that may or may not be filming in New Zealand (The Unions have put down their pitchforks but the studio may have already settled on another location).
Martin Freeman (“The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”, TVs “Sherlock”) will play Bilbo Baggins.
“Despite the various rumours and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” says Peter Jackson. “There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave – exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit.”
Richard Armitage, soon to appear in “Captain America”, is Thorin Oakenshield.
“Richard is one of the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make an amazing Thorin Oakensheild”, said Jackson. “We cannot wait to start this adventure with him and feel very lucky that one of the most beloved characters in Middle-earth is in such good hands.”
Rounding out the Company of Dwarves are Aidan Turner (TV’s ”Being Human”) and Rob Kazinsky (TVs ”EastEnders”) who play Kili and Fili, respectively. Jackson comments “Rob is an extremely talented young actor with a huge career in front of him, I’m thrilled that he has agreed to take on the role of Fili. Besides his talent as an actor, Rob is also a champion sword fighter; I’m looking forward to seeing the damage he can do to a horde of marauding Goblins!” He continues, “Adian is a wonderfully gifted young actor who hails from Ireland. I’m sure he will bring enormous heart and humor to the role of Kili.”
The remaining dwarves will be played by Graham McTavish (from “Rambo”) as Dwalin; John Callen (TV’s ”Power Rangers Jungle Fury”) as Oin; Stephen Hunter (TV’s ”All Saints”) as Bombur; Mark Hadlow (”King Kong”) as Dori; and Peter Hambleton (TV’s ”The Strip”) as Gloin.
Jackson notes, “Graham is a terrific actor, with a great depth of experience, which I know he will bring to the role of “Dwalin. I have worked with Mark Hadlow on many projects; he is a fantastic actor. I am thrilled to be working with both of them on these movies. He adds, “I am also proud to announce the casting of New Zealand actors as Peter Hambleton, John Callen and Stephen Hunter. Fran and I know that they will bring great depth and talent to our Company of Dwarves.”