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

January 11, 2011 at 8:39 am by xoanon  - 


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.

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.

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.

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

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18 responses to “It’s Really Official Now: Wood & Serkis Press Release”

  1. Mordor89 says:

    with this and the news of sir ian all we need is hugo weaving and i will be happy

  2. Bard says:

    great news! now we just need an officially announcement that Hugo Weaving will be back as Elrond.

  3. Arwen Evenstar says:

    Excellent news!!Now with Ian McKellen,Andy Serkis,Cate Blanchett,Christoper Lee,and Elijah Wood officially on board,all we need is Orlando Bloom and Hugo Weaving to confirm to.Would be great if they also casted Sean Astin,Dominic Monaghan,Billy Boyd and the beautiful Liv Tyler as well so we can have the whole cast of LOTR back together again!!

  4. TomBombardil says:

    Breaking up the Hobbit into two movies is probably a good idea, as it will help stay true to the book without leaving stuff out. That being said, why would he think it’s a good idea to add Frodo to this movie? Frodo was 28 years from being born during the Hobbit.

  5. Titus says:

    What the F$#%!! is Peter doing?! Frodo hadn’t even been born yet during the events of The Hobbit. This is a cheap move on his part, and I’m frankly confused and disgusted.

  6. Benjamin Sisko says:

    I hope so that PJ would ask Marton Csokas (Celeborn), Craig Parker (Haldir), Liv Tyler Arwen) and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) to reprise their roles.

  7. The Red Avenger says:

    Has anybody notice the lack of a certain wizard on the press release above. I know Sir Ian has confirmed it but his name is not on the press release (unless of course this was before Sir Ian confirmed it)

  8. No says:

    Frodo wasn’t even alive yet during The Hobbit 😛

  9. Robinsonjjr says:

    I wonder how much the actors are going to be paid. (There is a rumour that Orlando Bloom is getting 1 million dollars for a 10 minute scene!)

  10. Merrick says:

    “Excellent news!! Now with Ian McKellen,Andy Serkis,Cate Blanchett,Christoper Lee,and Elijah Wood officially on board,all we need is Orlando Bloom and Hugo Weaving to confirm to.”

    Where does it say Christopher Lee signed on? The last I saw he wasn’t going to be available.

  11. Jamesm_uk says:

    Cameo’s for the sake of the fanbois is an amateur move. The Hobbit should be strong enough to stand on it’s own two feet. Frodo’s story is yet to begin or has closed (whichever way you look at it).

    Seriously Peter stop creating cameo’s just to appeal to the fanbois

  12. Myskrilla7 says:

    rumor has it, Gandalf unfolds “The Hobbit” tale to the ‘fellowship of the ring’, around a campfire on there quest to destroy the ring. Great way to include cameos without sacrificing the integrity of the story, if you ask me.

  13. Myskrilla7 says:

    rumor has it, Gandalf unfolds “The Hobbit” tale to the ‘fellowship of the ring’, around a campfire on there quest to destroy the ring. Great way to include cameos without sacrificing the integrity of the story, if you ask me.

  14. Scjenkins says:

    Legolas must have fought in the Battle of 5 Armies, so unless they use someone else they have to have Bloom.

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