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Deadline: Peter Jackson Sets First Names For ‘The Hobbit’

October 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm by xoanon  - 

By Mike Fleming at Deadline.com: BREAKING: While Peter Jackson and Warner Bros are figuring out where they’ll shoot back-to-back installments of The Hobbit, Jackson has begun to set his cast for the ambitious projects that will begin shooting in February for release in December 2012, and 2013. As Deadline told you last week, Martin Freeman is set to play Bilbo Baggins, the adventurous Hobbit whose adventures and discovery of the One Ring leads the story up to The Lord of the Rings. Freeman has appeared in films ranging from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Hot Fuzz to Love Actually.

Jackson has cast several other significant Dwarf characters.

Richard Armitage (MI-5 and Captain America: The First Avenger) will play Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon. Aidan Turner (Being Human) and Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders) will play Kili and Fili, members of the Company of Dwarves. Graham McTavish (Secretariat) will play Dwalin, John Callen (Power Rangers Jungle Fury) will play Oin; Stephen Hunter (All Saints) will play Bombur, and Mark Hadlow (King Kong) plays Dori, while Peter Hambleton (The Strip) will play Gloin.

That casting has just beginning, and there will be much more. Word is that Jimmy Nesbitt and David Tennant are up for roles, and that Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise Gandalf and Gollum. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Nighy is a possible participant as the voice of Smaug the Dragon, and Aiden Turner is in contention for the Elf King.

“Despite the various rumours and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” Peter Jackson said. 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.”

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21 responses to “Deadline: Peter Jackson Sets First Names For ‘The Hobbit’”

  1. So that sort of confirms the rumours ages ago that they’d already decided on Bilbo.

  2. A week from green light to casting? I know there’s been a lot of pre-production but WOW.

  3. Bre Melvin says:

    Here’s hoping they cast David Bowie as Thranduil.

  4. Anonymous says:

    How can Aidan Turner be Kili, and also ‘in contention for the Elf King’…?

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is a shock to be sure! The dwarves are among the key characters in this story, so I thought for sure they would cast at least a few “well knowns” to bring a strong presence.

    I’m sure these actors will be great, but I’m quite disappointed that a few people rumored for roles, like Brian Cox, Brian Blessed and Brendan Gleeson, weren’t cast as a few “vital” dwarves, like Thorin, Balin and Gloin!

    In fact, it comes as a complete shock that the majority are complete unknowns…..or at least relative unknowns.

    Damn.

    All well, I’m sure it will be great! Cant wait.

  6. Remember that the LotR cast wasn’t really well known by the time they were filming it… I trust Peter, and think that, again, he’ll get a whole bunch of prizes with these.

  7. Remember that the LotR cast wasn’t really well known by the time they were filming it… I trust Peter, and think that, again, he’ll get a whole bunch of prizes with these.

  8. Remember that the LotR cast wasn’t really well known by the time they were filming it… I trust Peter, and think that, again, he’ll get a whole bunch of prizes with these.

  9. Remember that the LotR cast wasn’t really well known by the time they were filming it… I trust Peter, and think that, again, he’ll get a whole bunch of prizes with these.

  10. Remember that the LotR cast wasn’t really well known by the time they were filming it… I trust Peter, and think that, again, he’ll get a whole bunch of prizes with these.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Two different actors – note that the first names are spelled differently.

  12. DrDeath153 says:

    I’m not buying this list at all. For a start Richard Armitage isn’t in ‘MI-5’, the programme is spooks, secondly well- not to put too fine a point on it, but a dwarf? I don’t think so- i mean Guillermo recently said in an interview with The Times here in Britain that he was looking at Ian McShane with an eye for a dwarf, i mean granted they’re all under however much makeup, but you need someone with the kind of ‘dwarfy vibe’ to start with. The same goes for pretty much that entire list- only Mark Hadlow and a couple of the other utter unknowns really look like they could take it on. I appreciate that Peter Jackson does watch out for the kind of ‘young up and comers’, but he didn’t cast Orlando Bloom as Gimli for a reason you know? Some of the names may be in contention but i seriously doubt in those roles. I’d be suprised if Bill Bailey didn’t get a dwarf part somewhere seeing as he’s practically lobbied for it, and probably is known by Peter Jackson through the Hot Fuzz fraternity and while they probably can’t afford all the actors like Brian Cox, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Timothy Spall and the ilk, i would be surprised if they too weren’t at least approached (Brian Cox certainly seemed to have a twinkle in his eye about his participation after narrating the legend of sigurd and gudrun audio book).

    So yes, i seriously doubt this will be the cast as we see it in the film- i think this is merely the movie press trying to create a splash until the news comes through of where Warner Brothers decide they’re going to film it.

  13. Dreamaster says:

    Yeah I agree with you.

    I was looking forward to see Brian Cox playing Thorin. He would have been the perfect choice.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Saoirse Ronan as Smaug? o_O
    I mean, she’s 16…

  15. Anonymous says:

    Ahhh, well fair enough. I still don’t buy it really, for a start, why isn’t this a press release? Why would Peter Jackson reveal this to an interviewer for some website (and it’s not even Empire or…. well this place for that matter) without immediately following it up with a formal press release- certainly the casting of Bilbo and Thorin is significant enough to warrant one. Other than a few quotes erroneously attributed to him, what do we have to say this is legit (i mean even this site’s staff don’t seem to have heard anything to back this up, or a whisper of a ‘big announcement’ coming)?

    Also, what about the established cast? Surely Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving would be the first to get their contracts all drawn up and signed rather than the ‘Johnny Come Lately’s’ and associated bit-parts (i mean how big honestly are Dwalin Oin or Ori’s parts really going to be?). Bilbo i could understand (still hoping for Colin Firth by the way :D), but the rest- nah.

    Anyway- if this cast list is genuine i have only one thing to say- come back Guillermo all is forgiven 🙂

  16. Cyclona666 says:

    Richard Armitage!!!! YES!!!! He is brilliant!!! Fantastic choice!!!! North & South – mmmmArmitage = total heartthrob!!!! SO thrilled he has a role in the Hobbit. I’m excited they are going to maybe portray Oakenshield as a hearthrob. The new Aragorn – get ready world for an onslaught of Richard Armitage!!!! Yippeee!!!!

  17. Abey says:

    Bill Nighy will be the voice of Smaug, awesome! But where is Beorn?? Please tell me they are not removing him from the story…

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hey, why not have John Rhys-Davies do Smaugs voice. Fantastic voice & in that way he could still be a part of the series.

  19. Margara_albonico says:

    The south of Chile is exactly the same as New Zealand, and is only 10 hours flight….Think about it.

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