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It's Really Official Now: Wood & Serkis Press Release

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Jan 11 2011, 8:35am


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ELIJAH WOOD AND ANDY SERKIS TO JOIN THE CAST OF PETER JACKSON’S “THE HOBBIT”

Los Angeles, CA—January 10, 2011—Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis are set to join the cast of Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic “The Hobbit.” The films, which are scheduled to commence principal photography in February 2011, mark Jackson’s return to Middle-earth following his Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The announcement was made jointly today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Jackson, who directed all three “Lord of the Rings” films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of “The Hobbit” in two parts from a screenplay by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.

Elijah Wood (“The Lord of The Rings” trilogy, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) will be returning to play Frodo Baggins the young cousin of Bilbo Baggins and Andy Serkis (“The Lord of The Rings” trilogy, “King Kong”) will be returning to play the character Gollum.

Peter Jackson welcomed the two back."I cannot imagine returning to Middle-earth without these two wonderful actors. We began this journey together ten years ago and I couldn't be more thrilled to be working with Eiljah and Andy again."

The actors join the previously announced cast including Martin Freeman (TV’s “Sherlock,” “Breaking and Entering”) as Bilbo Baggins, Cate Blanchett (“Lord of The Rings” trilogy, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”). Ken Stott (“Charlie Wilson’s War”, TV’s “Rebus”), Sylvester McCoy (TV’s “Doctor Who”), Mikael Persbrandt (“Everlasting Moments”, “Day and Night”). Ryan Gage (“Outlaw”, TV’s “Doctors”). Richard Armitage (upcoming “Captain America: The First Avenger”), Aidan Turner (TV’s “Being Human”), Rob Kazinsky (TVs “EastEnders”), Graham McTavish (“Secretariat”), John Callen (TV’s “Power Rangers Jungle Fury”), Stephen Hunter (TV’s “All Saints”), Mark Hadlow (“King Kong”) and Peter Hambleton (TV’s “The Strip”). Additional cast announcements include James Nesbitt (“Millions” and TV’s “Cold Feet”) Jed Brophy (“Lord of The Rings” trilogy, “District 9”), William Kircher (“Out of the Blue”) and newcomer Adam Brown.
Since “The Hobbit” films received a green light on October 15, pre-production has been in full swing with release dates targeted for December, 2012 and December, 2013. Jackson will utilize groundbreaking visual effects and his incomparable storytelling to bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel to the big screen. Both “Hobbit” movies will be filmed in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology to create a high quality, comfortable viewing experience.

The two films are being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production, Warner Bros Pictures handling domestic distribution and MGM distributing internationally.

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films, with co-writer Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer and Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner as executive producers. The Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, also from the production team of Jackson, Walsh and Cunningham, grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office.. In 2003, “The Return of the King” swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture – the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogy’s production was also unprecedented at the time.

ABOUT NEW LINE CINEMA:
New Line Cinema continues to be one of the most successful independent film companies. For more than 40 years, its mission has been to produce innovative, popular, profitable entertainment in the best creative environment. A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line produced the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which is a landmark in the history of film franchises. New Line Cinema is a division of Warner Bros.

ABOUT PETER JACKSON/WINGNUT FILMS:
Peter Jackson is one of the world's most successful filmmakers. His monumental achievement co-writing, co-producing and directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy (with fellow Academy Award winners and frequent collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens) earned a total of 30 Academy Award nominations and 17 Academy Awards. Jackson and Walsh received their first Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for their acclaimed film Heavenly Creatures. Jackson, through his New Zealand-based Wingnut Films banner, also was responsible for the globally successful 2005 remake of King Kong which earned over $500 million worldwide and 3 Academy Awards. Jackson most recently directed the Academy Award nominated The Lovely Bones; an adaptation of the acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, which to date has earned nearly $100 million worldwide; and produced the global sensation, District 9, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. He is also developing a trilogy of films with Steven Spielberg based on Tintin, the world renowned comic book series by Herge. In 2010 he received a Knighthood for his services to film.

ABOUT METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international TV channels reaching over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

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It's Really Official Now: Wood & Serkis Press Release News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Jan 11 2011, 8:35am
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too awesome! :o) // Earl Send a private message to Earl Jan 11 2011, 1:42pm
        Um ..... DamienEngland Send a private message to DamienEngland Jan 11 2011, 2:43pm
            Yeah, I too was wondering about that... Earl Send a private message to Earl Jan 11 2011, 2:53pm
                Yeah, I wonder if he will macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Jan 11 2011, 2:58pm
                    Hugo Weaving Turambar Send a private message to Turambar Jan 11 2011, 4:37pm
                        You are right macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Jan 11 2011, 4:40pm
                            Another thing as well Turambar Send a private message to Turambar Jan 11 2011, 4:53pm
        just signed up THORISBAK Send a private message to THORISBAK Jan 12 2011, 11:15am
            Hi THORISBAK... Earl Send a private message to Earl Jan 12 2011, 11:20am
    Elijah Wood Carne Send a private message to Carne Jan 11 2011, 2:49pm
        There are plenty of us not bothered- or even happy- that he's in it Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire Jan 11 2011, 5:00pm
            Put me in the happy column :) grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jan 12 2011, 3:06am
        He's narrating Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Jan 11 2011, 5:00pm
    We have our Gollum back, woohoo (nt) Garfeimao Send a private message to Garfeimao Jan 11 2011, 6:14pm
    Time to be THAT guy again duats Send a private message to duats Jan 11 2011, 7:47pm
    Cool Maiarmike Send a private message to Maiarmike Jan 11 2011, 8:32pm
    Now I'm just waiting for Serkis to be announced as Smaug... that's what will make me happy!// Milknut Send a private message to Milknut Jan 12 2011, 5:37am
        I doubt that any announcement will be made about Smaug at all. Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Jan 12 2011, 3:22pm
    Posting from the Home Page article "Elijah Wood Speaks About "The Hobbit"" Earl Send a private message to Earl Jan 12 2011, 10:17am
    Posting from the Home Page article "Elijah Wood Speaks Even More About "The Hobbit" Earl Send a private message to Earl Jan 12 2011, 4:06pm
        It's McKellen! *Grr* :-) Snulle Send a private message to Snulle Jan 12 2011, 7:19pm
            Noticed this case too. macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Jan 12 2011, 7:26pm
            Actually Bran Send a private message to Bran Jan 12 2011, 7:34pm
    Elijah/Frodo's return willowgreylock Send a private message to willowgreylock Jan 12 2011, 8:46pm

 
 
 

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