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KEY ROLES FILLED BY STUART TOWNSEND, SAIORSE RONAN FOR THE HOBBIT
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News from Bree
spymaster@theonering.net

Apr 1 2011, 6:50am

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KEY ROLES FILLED BY STUART TOWNSEND, SAIORSE RONAN FOR THE HOBBIT Can't Post

Wellington, NZ, April 1, 2011—Production is underway in Wellington, New Zealand, on "The Hobbit," filmmaker Peter Jackson's two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's widely read masterpiece.

Set in Middle-earth, "The Hobbit" takes place 60 years before Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

Joining the all-star cast is actor Stuart Townsend as the grim and heroic Bard. Bard is a skilled archer from the town of Dale, who finds himself holding the fate of his people on the string of his bow. Stuart is no stranger to Middle-earth as he was originally cast as Aragorn in the Oscar-winning "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy but left the production for personal reasons. "This is a great chance for Stuart to return to Middle-earth and bring his immeasurable talents to the production," said casting director Thomas Williams.

Saiorse Ronan also joins the cast in the role of Itaril, a quick and lithe Silvan elf who is dedicated to protecting the Elf King of Mirkwood. Ms. Ronan was previously directed by Peter Jackson in 2009's critically acclaimed 'The Lovely Bones.'

"The Hobbit" cast already includes Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf). The Dwarves are played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), William Kircher (Bifur) James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), John Callen (Oin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Adam Brown (Ori). Reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy are Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum and Elijah Wood as Frodo. Further announcements are expected.

"The Hobbit" films are co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM. The two films are planned for release in late 2012 and 2013, respectively.

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. What is the date again?




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macfalk
Valinor


Apr 1 2011, 12:22pm

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APRIL FOOLS! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 



The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.


Alex Maglor
Bree


Apr 1 2011, 12:33pm

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Yes! [In reply to] Can't Post

April's fools...I hope...Crazy


AlatarVinyamar
Lorien

Apr 1 2011, 12:39pm

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I don't know what to hope. [In reply to] Can't Post

If this is an Aprils Fool its in remarkably poor taste. Townsend has said before that being replaced was the worst moment in his career. Not really fitting subject matter for a prank. On the other hand, if its real, then its a very nice gesture of reconciliation.


DamienEngland
Rivendell

Apr 1 2011, 12:41pm

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Um, welllllllllll ..... [In reply to] Can't Post

      


There's no doubt about it being a wind-up - at the bottom of the press release it clearly says "what is the date again?"

A bit repetetive and predictable really, as they did the whole faux press release thing last year .... Unsure

Not so sure I like it being at the expense of poor old Townsend, either - kinda mean spirited when his film career never really took off and had to watch Viggo and the cast of the LOTR films hit the stratosphere. I for one would've genuinely loved him to get a role he was suited for this time round (a handsome elf or something?) after all that he went through as an (admittedly) miscast Aragorn. As Alatar points out, it would have also been a lovely gesture from PJ and the team. Shame. Pirate






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Groppe
The Shire


Apr 1 2011, 12:52pm

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It would certainly be ironic if it was indeed the case. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


macfalk
Valinor


Apr 1 2011, 12:56pm

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Yes, the last years prank upset me greatly, because TH was on the verge of getting cancelled that time [In reply to] Can't Post

Not sure if I liked it this time either but whatever.



The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.

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DamienEngland
Rivendell

Apr 1 2011, 12:58pm

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It's not the case. [In reply to] Can't Post

   

Feeling like the invisible man here, but to underline it in black and white, so to speak .... look for the bit in bold.


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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. What is the date again?



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Pipe Dream
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Apr 1 2011, 1:00pm

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I hate to admit it, but you got me for a sec. [In reply to] Can't Post

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andyiomoon
The Shire


Apr 1 2011, 1:01pm

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Poor taste April Fool's joke or... [In reply to] Can't Post

... a wonderful gesture consistent with what we have come to know about PJ and co.

So hope it is the latter.


DamienEngland
Rivendell

Apr 1 2011, 1:05pm

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That said, I have a feeling .... [In reply to] Can't Post

   


It could well be that Torn have staged a double bluff this time. We all know from her casting agent's slip of the tongue a month or so ago, that Saiorise has effectively been cast as Itaril. We also know her story concerns a romance with a young elf lord.

I have a feeling Townsend may have been cast for this part.

The April Fool part lies in kidding us he had been cast in the most Aragon-esque role again, in this case the grim-faced Bard, for which he still would still be neither rugged nor old enough.

We shall see .... Unsure


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Avnar
Lorien

Apr 1 2011, 1:20pm

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This is in poor taste... [In reply to] Can't Post

Haha -stupid April fools!

Having said that... If no Fassbender -then Townsend will do I suppose.


farmer maggot
Rivendell

Apr 1 2011, 1:23pm

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I also hope the double bluff possibility proves right in some way. [In reply to] Can't Post

To play this sort of April fool 'joke' reflecting on individual actor's careers (both of them) without their express permission would be more than poor taste to me. In fact unnecessarily disrespectful and damaging - especially dragging up the casting problem again with Stuart T.


Snaga
Lorien


Apr 1 2011, 1:25pm

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Nice one! [In reply to] Can't Post

Almost had me for a bit, just like last year. Wink

Got to love having one day a year that allows you to be an evil little fiend. We could use more of that if you ask me, lots of way too serious people that could afford to get over themselves once in awhile.

Now I got to start thinking of a good one to rile the wife up with this year...


smokerings
Rivendell


Apr 1 2011, 1:26pm

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Not cool [In reply to] Can't Post

Really poor taste for ToRN to do something like this at the expense of Stuart - if this is truly an April Fools Joke. If it was, there are so many other ways to have a harmless chuckle and not drag actors into the mix and cannibalize ToRN's community and trust with a post like this. But then again, maybe it is legit.


Malveth The Eternal
Lorien

Apr 1 2011, 1:28pm

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So, it's true... [In reply to] Can't Post

Itaril...kill me now.

Sorry, I've tried to be positive about this project but I just HATE Peter Jackson's Tolkien films. Overblown crap from a director with no sensitivity to the material. Junk junk junk. Hate it!!!

EDIT: Oh wait, it's April 1st...oh please be a joke! I'll gladly look the fool :)

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The Party Tree
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Apr 1 2011, 1:33pm

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Aw, this actually makes me feel bad for him. [In reply to] Can't Post

I came expecting an April Fools joke, so I didn't buy it or anything.

But ....poor guy. Unsure


Peter
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Apr 1 2011, 1:36pm

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Yup, Hope its an april fools, including Itaril [In reply to] Can't Post

That Itaril character still worries me. Apart from the fact that it would be inventing a brand new character, and probably a new sidestory, I also dont care if teenage girls wont have an active female character they can identify with! This isnt Twillight.

Give Galadriel a bigger role then, shes played by an amazing and beautiful actress, and a cool, and above all ORIGINAL character that has a natural role in the storyline with The White Council etc


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Kangi Ska
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Apr 1 2011, 1:39pm

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The shift key must a got stuck on that subject line.// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Ainu Laire
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Apr 1 2011, 1:53pm

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I must admit, you tricked me for a second. [In reply to] Can't Post

Ah, TORn, keeping in with the spirit of April Fools...

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Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Apr 1 2011, 1:55pm

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You haven't been here long enough [In reply to] Can't Post

TORn has been doing an April Fool's joke for several years now. Last year it announced the Hobbit was going to be a trilogy. XD

Also, read the very last sentence of the article.

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Eruthurin
Rivendell


Apr 1 2011, 1:56pm

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hahahahaha! you are mean guys!...... [In reply to] Can't Post

You really got me for a sec.... i was really like Shocked OMG!.... hahahahahaa.....
yeah, poor Stuart.... bue even though, it's a joke!.... enjoy your fool's day!..... In Mxico is on Dec 28th.... :)

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Lindele
Gondor


Apr 1 2011, 1:59pm

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The worst part... [In reply to] Can't Post

is that I came to TORn this morning, expecting an April Fool's joke. Probably because I was so devastated by last years. But I STILL thought the press release was legit!!!! I guess it seemed very pheasable.
You got me.


deej
Tol Eressea


Apr 1 2011, 2:01pm

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I almost started to cry, then noticed it was April Fools Day. // [In reply to] Can't Post

Tongue You've gotta be on your guard around here today.


Carne
Tol Eressea

Apr 1 2011, 2:07pm

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Gah! [In reply to] Can't Post

I actually fell for it, then decided to come here an see what people thought of the decision...

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