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Peter Jackson and New Line Announce 'Hobbit' Casting!!!
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bookgirl13
Lorien


Oct 22 2010, 5:46am

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Differentiation [In reply to] Can't Post

In LotR, they could make all the dwarves look alike at the Council of Elrond, we only had to recognise Gimli. In this film, we've got to be able to differentiate between thirteen dwarves. So, varied casting is needed. As for Richard Armitage: he's got the height relative to the others to be a king, his voice is quite deep and he's a very versatile actor, who can play comedy as well as quite ambiguous parts such as in Spooks.

He is also a really nice man and PJ looks for that in long, ensemble shoots. His death in The Hobbit will rival Sean Bean's Boromir!


Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Oct 22 2010, 5:51am

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Just so long as Bard doesn't develop a relationship with her [In reply to] Can't Post

Thankfully Saoirse is too young, I think. Well, she was. Maybe not anymore. Gah.

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duats
Grey Havens

Oct 22 2010, 5:53am

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Major roles left [In reply to] Can't Post

Balin
Bifur
Bofur
Ori
Nori
William (voice)
Bert (voice)
Tom (voice)
Goblin King
Gwaihir (voice)
Beorn
Thranduil
Bard
Mayor of Laketown
Smaug (voice)
Cirdan the Shipwright
Glorfindel
Radagast
and dare I say it... Saruman?

Am I missing anybody?

Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel, and Gollum go without saying. And my guess is they'll bring Marton Csokas back for Celeborn.


Silverlode
Forum Admin / Moderator


Oct 22 2010, 5:56am

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It's always fascinating [In reply to] Can't Post

how differently people envision things when they read the books.


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the little girl in me who read the book for the first time when she was 6 doesn't feel Martin Freeman as Bilbo.

He was my first choice when it became obvious that Ian Holm wouldn't be able to play the role again.

But take heart - a lot of people were really, I mean really unhappy about Elijah Wood being cast as Frodo.("He's much too young! And American! And he has freakishly huge eyes and he's not hobbity at all!") Nearly all of them were eventually won over when they actually saw the movies. So even though it isn't who you would have chosen, you may yet be pleasantly surprised. Wait until you see the promo photos and see the advance sneak-peek trailers and you may find that it works better than you can imagine now.

Even if it doesn't, you're very welcome to join in the conversation here and watch these movies unfold. It's going to be a great journey. Smile

Silverlode

"Of all faces those of our familiares are the ones both most difficult to play fantastic tricks with, and most difficult really to see with fresh attention. They have become like the things which once attracted us by their glitter, or their colour, or their shape, and we laid hands on them, and then locked them in our hoard, acquired them, and acquiring ceased to look at them.
Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else [make something new], may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. The gems all turn into flowers or flames, and you will be warned that all you had (or knew) was dangerous and potent, not really effectively chained, free and wild; no more yours than they were you."
-On Fairy Stories


Solos
The Shire

Oct 22 2010, 5:57am

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Thank Gandalf!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been waiting to hear Martin Freeman as Bilbo for years! Great news!!!! I am a little worried by some of the dwarf choices, they don't all look dwarvish to me. But oh well, I trust Peter to do a wonderful job making Middle-Earth come to life once more! Another cheer for Martin Freeman!!!!!Wink


Owain
Tol Eressea


Oct 22 2010, 5:58am

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And... a tiny picture of John Callen... but maybe even more interesting... [In reply to] Can't Post

a snippet of his voice work. That seems to be the bulk of what he has done. Great voice!

And no... I didn't run out and take a pic of myself in a suit of armor. This is literally the only pic I could find of him.

John Callen




Here is his voice sample.


http://www.wom.co.nz/?q=node/32/lightbox2

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(This post was edited by Owain on Oct 22 2010, 5:58am)


Owain
Tol Eressea


Oct 22 2010, 5:59am

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The dude has an epic voice. Me likeee.// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

"Question everything, embrace the bad, and hold on to the good."


Silverlode
Forum Admin / Moderator


Oct 22 2010, 6:01am

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Three cheers for Kimi! [In reply to] Can't Post


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All those years after I first suggested him. :-)

Yes, and I jumped on that bandwagon right behind you. So nice to see it come to pass.

I admit, like others, I would have picked Richard Armitage for Bard rather than Thorin, so that will take some mental adjustment.

Now I really want to know who we're going to have for Bard and Beorn.




Silverlode

"Of all faces those of our familiares are the ones both most difficult to play fantastic tricks with, and most difficult really to see with fresh attention. They have become like the things which once attracted us by their glitter, or their colour, or their shape, and we laid hands on them, and then locked them in our hoard, acquired them, and acquiring ceased to look at them.
Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else [make something new], may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. The gems all turn into flowers or flames, and you will be warned that all you had (or knew) was dangerous and potent, not really effectively chained, free and wild; no more yours than they were you."
-On Fairy Stories


Silverlode
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Oct 22 2010, 6:02am

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Dain should probably be on that list too. [In reply to] Can't Post

 And if the Stephen Fry rumor is true, I'm thinking maybe Master of Laketown.

Silverlode

"Of all faces those of our familiares are the ones both most difficult to play fantastic tricks with, and most difficult really to see with fresh attention. They have become like the things which once attracted us by their glitter, or their colour, or their shape, and we laid hands on them, and then locked them in our hoard, acquired them, and acquiring ceased to look at them.
Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else [make something new], may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. The gems all turn into flowers or flames, and you will be warned that all you had (or knew) was dangerous and potent, not really effectively chained, free and wild; no more yours than they were you."
-On Fairy Stories

(This post was edited by Silverlode on Oct 22 2010, 6:03am)


Owain
Tol Eressea


Oct 22 2010, 6:03am

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I too am kind of scratching my head about Thorin... must be something there... [In reply to] Can't Post

I was definitely picturing someone a lot older and with greater girth if you will.Wink

"Question everything, embrace the bad, and hold on to the good."


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Oct 22 2010, 6:04am

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Not Bard? [In reply to] Can't Post

He did cut quite a figure in V for Vendetta...


sharku
Rivendell

Oct 22 2010, 6:05am

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We come to it at last [In reply to] Can't Post

The meat course has arrived.

Martin Freeman - great stuff...and as an above poster said, it's somehow gratifying by proxy to have been thinking along the same lines as PJ and GdT.

Richard Armitage... in PJ we trust - he looks and sounds the part - and his voice is OK. It's that somewhat faux deep, though, like Christian Bale's in Batman, or Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen, rather than genuinely booming like Brian Blessed's.

Classic skit (Blackadder 'deep booming voice'):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp4jqfkZZoM


(This post was edited by sharku on Oct 22 2010, 6:06am)


Owain
Tol Eressea


Oct 22 2010, 6:08am

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Michael Fassbender would make a great Bard and he is rumored. [In reply to] Can't Post









"Question everything, embrace the bad, and hold on to the good."

(This post was edited by Owain on Oct 22 2010, 6:08am)


Silverlode
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Oct 22 2010, 6:08am

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Riverside bathing scene, here we come! [In reply to] Can't Post

*runs away*



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that's really not an image I want to see.. especially if it's what a dwarf considers sexy WinkLaugh


Sly


Silverlode

"Of all faces those of our familiares are the ones both most difficult to play fantastic tricks with, and most difficult really to see with fresh attention. They have become like the things which once attracted us by their glitter, or their colour, or their shape, and we laid hands on them, and then locked them in our hoard, acquired them, and acquiring ceased to look at them.
Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else [make something new], may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. The gems all turn into flowers or flames, and you will be warned that all you had (or knew) was dangerous and potent, not really effectively chained, free and wild; no more yours than they were you."
-On Fairy Stories


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Oct 22 2010, 6:08am

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Despite the cheesiness of the first clip [In reply to] Can't Post

RA has it in him to play the back-biting Thorin afterall, imho.


Silverlode
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Oct 22 2010, 6:09am

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I just don't quite see Stephen Fry with a bow and arrow.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Wink

Silverlode

"Of all faces those of our familiares are the ones both most difficult to play fantastic tricks with, and most difficult really to see with fresh attention. They have become like the things which once attracted us by their glitter, or their colour, or their shape, and we laid hands on them, and then locked them in our hoard, acquired them, and acquiring ceased to look at them.
Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else [make something new], may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. The gems all turn into flowers or flames, and you will be warned that all you had (or knew) was dangerous and potent, not really effectively chained, free and wild; no more yours than they were you."
-On Fairy Stories


Kelvarhin
Half-elven


Oct 22 2010, 6:11am

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*falls off chair laughing* [In reply to] Can't Post

Someone had to bring *that* up Laugh

*starts stalking after Silverlode, ya can run, but ya canna hide Sly*


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Owain
Tol Eressea


Oct 22 2010, 6:13am

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I could see Stephen Fry as one of the dwarves. [In reply to] Can't Post

In fact, I said so some time ago.

Here was my cast wish list awhile back. I have a thing for images. Pardon my spelling on Thranduil... I think I put Thrandil or something...

http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=105432#105432

"Question everything, embrace the bad, and hold on to the good."

(This post was edited by Owain on Oct 22 2010, 6:14am)


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Oct 22 2010, 6:14am

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Unless my eyes are mistaking me [In reply to] Can't Post

he is one handsome, though suitably grim-faced, fellow. But then, being a guy, I have no idea what the ladies look for in a romantic hero.

Just to reassure you, he is not so well known outside of Germany. Perhaps you have seen too much of him?


macfalk
Valinor


Oct 22 2010, 6:16am

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Positive and Negative observations [In reply to] Can't Post

Freeman to play Bilbo - great. Havent seen much of him but he looks like a great choice and in the right age.

Armitage to play Thorin - WHAT?! He is at least 20-30 years too young! Thorin is supposed to be very old and I expected someone in the range of ages 50-75. But what the hell, I gotta trust PJ.

Hunter to play Bombur - He looks great! I was afraid he was going to be some sort of skinny teenager, that would have been awful. But he looks great!

Another note is that Balin isn't here. It's worrying I think. I have no problem if they decide to not have all thirteen dwarves, but for heaven's sake, keep Balin! He's a very important dwarf, Fellowship, Balin's Tomb... If he would have been in The Hobbit it would have been great, the audience who would watch The Hobbit and then LOTR would then get without any problem who this Balin dwarf is who lies fallen in Moria.



The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.


Kelvarhin
Half-elven


Oct 22 2010, 6:17am

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*cheeky grin* Ah fess up... [In reply to] Can't Post

you're still hoping to be Bard, aren't you SlySlyWinkTongue

*runs and hides*

*is in a bit of a cheeky mood today Evil*


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Nesse
Lorien

Oct 22 2010, 6:17am

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those three look the part but... [In reply to] Can't Post

I also would have thought Armitage would have been bard, pity to hide those good looks under all those prothetics


Owain
Tol Eressea


Oct 22 2010, 6:18am

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They confirmed that all the dwarves would be involved.... [In reply to] Can't Post

... this is by no means an exhaustive list of the cast. In fact Phillipa said that they still had a lot of casting to do in one of the interviews at the Bag End set I believe it was.

"Question everything, embrace the bad, and hold on to the good."


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Oct 22 2010, 6:20am

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*dabs drool from Kitty's chin* [In reply to] Can't Post

Cheeky? Is that what you call it down under? Laugh


duats
Grey Havens

Oct 22 2010, 6:23am

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I thought [In reply to] Can't Post

Stephen Fry was in the running to voice Smaug?

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