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Peter Jackson and New Line Announce 'Hobbit' Casting
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10/21/2010 | Borys Kit

Posted on 10/22/2010 7:08:58 AM PDT by ExGeeEye

Martin Freeman is set to star as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's two-movie adaptation of The Hobbit...

Thorin Oakenshield...Richard Armitage

Fili...Aidan Turner

Kili...Rob Kazinsky

etc...

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies; The Hobbit Hole
KEYWORDS: cast; hobbit; itsonlyamovie; lotr; movie; official; peterjackson
Freeman was Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a couple of years ago. Rumour had it that he was considered for BB but turned it down. Either false rumor, or they talked him into it. Either way, good call IMHO.
1 posted on 10/22/2010 7:09:08 AM PDT by ExGeeEye
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To: ExGeeEye

I don’t really care too much who plays the dwarves. The actors are going to be buried under makeup and their true physical stature is going to be heavily altered. I agree that Freeman is a good choice for Bilbo. I’ll be curious to see if Beorn will be in the movie and who will play him.


2 posted on 10/22/2010 7:11:29 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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3 posted on 10/22/2010 7:16:26 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: ExGeeEye

I still hold that LOTR sucked. This guy was just too cool to die! How could it happen?! >=(

4 posted on 10/22/2010 7:25:15 AM PDT by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat.)
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To: Celtic Cross

Pissed off the wrong chick - been the bane to lesser men than him throughout history....


5 posted on 10/22/2010 7:26:20 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Puppage

You should put up Barabara Mikulski’s picture too.


6 posted on 10/22/2010 7:31:45 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: ExGeeEye; Revolting cat!; JoeProBono
Whew. At first I read that as Morgan Freeman as Bilbo Baggins.

Now when is somebody going to bring this to the screen?


7 posted on 10/22/2010 7:40:15 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: ExGeeEye

With this movie they won’t have to worry about someone spilling the beans about how the story ends.


8 posted on 10/22/2010 7:47:35 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

i.e. No spoiler alerts necessary.


9 posted on 10/22/2010 7:48:07 AM PDT by DManA
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To: ExGeeEye

The voice of Smaug is an important casting consideration.


10 posted on 10/22/2010 7:50:20 AM PDT by DManA
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To: ExGeeEye

FR could easily spare ‘em a couple of trolls...

And then we could all cheer when the sun comes up and turns ‘em to stone.


11 posted on 10/22/2010 7:51:05 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (There were fourteen victims at Fort Hood.)
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To: DManA
The voice of Smaug is an important casting consideration.

If they didn't mind a Cajun accent, they could use James Carville.

12 posted on 10/22/2010 7:52:18 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (There were fourteen victims at Fort Hood.)
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To: DManA

In fact I don’t think any human voice will do. I’d suggest some electronic manipulation to make it more inhuman.


13 posted on 10/22/2010 7:52:26 AM PDT by DManA
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To: ExGeeEye
Richard Boone (Have Gun Will Travel) was the voice actor for Smaug for the old Rankin-Bass version of "The Hobbit". Outstanding voice work ...

Bilbo Meets Smaug

14 posted on 10/22/2010 7:52:53 AM PDT by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: EternalVigilance

Perfect for an ork.


15 posted on 10/22/2010 7:53:11 AM PDT by DManA
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To: ExGeeEye

Freeman is a good call for Bilbo, I think.

So far, so good. I trust Ian McKellen is back for Gandalf... He simply ~owns~ that role.


16 posted on 10/22/2010 8:04:22 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: DManA
The voice of Smaug is an important casting consideration.

I heard it was Danny DeVito.

17 posted on 10/22/2010 8:16:51 AM PDT by frithguild (Joe Wilson was wrong when he shouted "You lie!" Obama doesn't just lie - he lies all the time.)
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To: DarthVader

18 posted on 10/22/2010 8:18:45 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

Great!!


19 posted on 10/22/2010 8:21:01 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Celtic Cross

A sword from a barrow [not in the movie], forged by Elvish smiths and bespelled against the Witch King of Angmar [in reality the Lord of the Nazgul], and wielded by “no man” - a hobbit. [I’ve never bought into the Eowyn thing].

Still my favorite fictional character!


20 posted on 10/22/2010 8:31:40 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: a fool in paradise

I’d Pay good money to see it repeatedly!

I still have my copy that I bought at the Museum of National History in Washington back in 1976.

A truly GREAT American classic.


21 posted on 10/22/2010 9:24:43 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: DManA

I’d go for Keith David.


22 posted on 10/22/2010 10:17:54 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (To view the FR@Alabama ping list, click on my profile!)
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To: Puppage

Reich as Smeagol/Gollum? Inspired choice!


23 posted on 10/22/2010 10:21:03 AM PDT by ssaftler ("Politically Correct" is neither!)
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To: HairOfTheDog; ecurbh

This thread deserves a Ring Ping, assuming the list is handy.


24 posted on 10/22/2010 10:53:21 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Ramius

It ios expected that Gandalf and Gollum, and likely Elrond and Galadriel, will be portrayed by the LOTR original cast members.


25 posted on 10/22/2010 10:57:07 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: a fool in paradise

Ah, Garfinkel the elf, the lands of Two-Door and Four-Door and “a mighty fortress is our Dicky Dragon!”


26 posted on 10/22/2010 11:05:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: frithguild

Not Jack Nicholson?


27 posted on 10/22/2010 11:12:53 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: ExGeeEye
Dick Armitage as Thorin? Bold choice!


28 posted on 10/22/2010 12:09:56 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: BenLurkin

Funny - they grew up in neighboring towns. DeVito is from Asbury Park and Nicholson is from Neptune.


29 posted on 10/22/2010 12:16:20 PM PDT by frithguild (Joe Wilson was wrong when he shouted "You lie!" Obama doesn't just lie - he lies all the time.)
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To: DManA

Supposedly, Christopher Lee.


30 posted on 10/22/2010 12:46:59 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Spread the work ethic; the wealth will follow.)
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To: Boogieman
This one...


31 posted on 10/22/2010 12:49:59 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Spread the work ethic; the wealth will follow.)
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To: ExGeeEye

Never heard of any of the new actors. But I don’t get out much.


32 posted on 10/22/2010 12:51:02 PM PDT by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline please contact the board moderator.)
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To: DManA

Smaug should be Roddy Piper...


33 posted on 10/22/2010 12:51:09 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: DManA

Smaug should be Roddy Piper...


34 posted on 10/22/2010 12:51:49 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: ExGeeEye

“This one...”

Looks like he’d make a better elf. They’d be better off with the original Dick Armitage!


35 posted on 10/22/2010 1:52:46 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: DManA

The hokey cartoon was bad *except* for Smaug, who IMO was awesome.


36 posted on 10/22/2010 1:59:00 PM PDT by Betis70
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To: King Moonracer

quote-Smaug should be Roddy Piper...end quote

Aww man, rockin’ roddy!!

well,one thing’s for sure-they ain’t from Cleveland!!


37 posted on 10/22/2010 5:16:25 PM PDT by Radagast the Fool ("Mexico-Beirut with tacos!"--Dr. Zoidberg)
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To: Radagast the Fool

BTW, is there a ping list for “the Hobbit” and the LOTR books and films?
If so, please add me!!

TIA!!

Rad


38 posted on 10/22/2010 5:31:01 PM PDT by Radagast the Fool ("Mexico-Beirut with tacos!"--Dr. Zoidberg)
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To: Radagast the Fool; HairOfTheDog

Look for “The Hobbit Hole” right here on FreeRepublic.


39 posted on 10/22/2010 7:00:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: BlueLancer
and in the old cartoon, Bilbo was "voiced" by Orson Bean, who is now writing on BigJournalism...

I thought the drawing was atrocious, but the songs were good in that version.

40 posted on 10/23/2010 10:39:23 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: ExGeeEye

Who’s playing Elrond?


41 posted on 11/07/2010 3:32:19 PM PST by Mamzelle (donate to O'Donnell--even a dollar is plenty! She has paypal!)
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To: Mamzelle
Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen have both said that every character that appears in both stories-- except Bilbo and Gloin*-- is being reprised, or rather pre-prised by the LotR actor.

If that's true, Hugo Weaving will appear as Elrond.

*Gloin, Gimli's father, was very briefly seen in FotR as one of the two older Dwarves at the Council of Elrond.

42 posted on 11/07/2010 4:39:40 PM PST by ExGeeEye (Spread the work ethic; the wealth will follow.)
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To: ExGeeEye

He’s too old now to play an elf. They’d better get out the Lemba-tox.


43 posted on 11/07/2010 6:25:38 PM PST by Mamzelle (donate to O'Donnell--even a dollar is plenty! She has paypal!)
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To: Mamzelle
Elrond is six thousand years old. That wet-behind-the-ears infant, Hugo, will pull it off, maybe with just makeup, or maybe with the sort of help Bruce Willis got for his android character in Surrogates.
44 posted on 11/08/2010 3:19:47 AM PST by ExGeeEye (Spread the work ethic; the wealth will follow.)
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To: ExGeeEye
Actually, I thought him a little too wrinkly in LOTR, though the scene at Rivendell remains one of my favorites. "Welcome to Rivendell, Frodo Baggins." Elves are supposed to be all smooth and ageless, like vampires.

It would be fun if they have Arwen (Liv who?) swanning around in the background of the scene...no speaking parts, just looking beautiful and moody, pining for Aragorn. It's been almost ten years, and they better stretch some pantyhose over the camera lens.

If I were doing Hobbit, I'd take a completely different tack. Maybe make it all CGI, all new art direction. It is a completely different kind of story than LOTR. We're going to end up feeling disappointed with recycled artwork.

45 posted on 11/08/2010 5:10:19 AM PST by Mamzelle (donate to O'Donnell--even a dollar is plenty! She has paypal!)
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To: ExGeeEye
Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen have both said that every character that appears in both stories-- except Bilbo and Gloin*-- is being reprised...by the LOTR actor.

Even Christopher Lee? I thought he wouldn't come to New Zealand anymore.

46 posted on 11/08/2010 5:18:15 AM PST by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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Even Christopher Lee? I thought he wouldn't come to New Zealand anymore.

Unless they plan on going "outside the book" and showing Gandalf meeting with the White Council (the reason he leaves the party about midway through), Saruman isn't in The Hobbit.

47 posted on 11/08/2010 5:50:11 AM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: kevkrom; denydenydeny

Lee is supposedly doing the voice of Smaug. He can do that from a studio in GB, if necessary. In Post.

Could shoot him in GB for any desired Sarum-action as well.


48 posted on 11/08/2010 9:52:13 AM PST by ExGeeEye (Spread the work ethic; the wealth will follow.)
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