Skip to comments.CATE BLANCHETT, KEN STOTT, SYLVESTER MCCOY, MIKAEL PERSBRANDT JOIN CAST OF “THE HOBBIT”
Posted on 12/07/2010 3:40:49 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy and Mikael Persbrandt and have joined the cast of Peter Jacksons highly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkiens epic The Hobbit. Also joining them are Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy and William Kircher. The films, which are scheduled to commence principal photography in February 2011, mark Jacksons 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.
Cate Blanchett (Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) will reprise her role from Lord of The Rings trilogy as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien. Ken Stott (Charlie Wilsons War, TVs Rebus) will play the Dwarf Lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy (TVs Doctor Who) will play the wizard Radagast the Brown and well-known Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt (Everlasting Moments, Day and Night) will play the shape-shifter Beorn. British actor Ryan Gage (Outlaw, TVs Doctors) will play Drogo Baggins, with New Zealand actors Jed Brophy (Lord of The Rings trilogy, District 9) playing the role of the dwarf Nori, and William Kircher (Out of the Blue; TVs Legend of the Seeker) rounding out the company of Thorin Oakensheild in role of the dwarf Bifur.
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Comments by Peter Jackson:
'Peter Jackson welcomed the news of Cate Blanchetts return to Middle-earth Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldnt be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films On the casting of Scottish actor Ken Stott, Jackson commented Fran and I have long been fans of Kens work and are excited he will be joining us on this journey. Jackson also welcomed the addition to the cast of Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt The role of Beorn is an iconic one and Mikael was our first choice for the part. Since seeing him read for the role we cant imagine anyone else playing this character.'
‘The Hobbit’ casting announcement ping.
I hope that they will be decent movies, when completed.
Peter, please hurry! I can’t stand it much longer.
Seeing that Jackson is directing, if you like TLOTR you will likely like ‘The Hobbit’, unless you just hate 3-D. I am sure Jackson will use the appropriate lighter tone for these movies.
How can he possibly outdo the Lord of the Rings movies?
Outdoing may be asking a lot, seeing that this is, after all, a kid’s movie.
Wow, that is far more complete a cast of characters than I could have hoped.
Wow, casting big names for characters not even in the book! That doesn’t give me high hopes for this.
I thought he made a mess of the third movie, which should have been the best one. Big fan of the first and second movies.
Officially Gandalf, Gollum, Saruman, and Elrond haven’t been cast yet, although the first two are a virtual certainty. Saruman will be cast, but maybe not with Christopher Lee. Elrond’s character is not certain, but is very likely, probably with Hugo Weaving.
‘Wow, casting big names for characters not even in the book!’
The White Council is in the appendices of TLOTR and occurs during the action of ‘The Hobbit’. It has been anticipated as being in these movies for years. All characters mentioned are either in ‘The Hobbit’ or were at the White Council’.
He was going to have Arwyn at Helm's Deep until cooler heads prevailed.
What the heck happened to Tom Bombadil???
A little off topic; anyone ever read Bored of the Rings. Hilarious, if you don’t mind childish, crude humor at the expense of a great novel. Hilarious. Harvard Lampoon circa 1967 or 68, I think.
The same thing that happened to those haunted moors and the Scouring of the Shire, cut from TLOTR for reasons of length, relevance (Bombadil) and anti-climax (the Scouring).
Excellent! They have a very interesting cast and it’s going to be a tough wait for Part 2...
I dunno ... hard to top Bombadil for relevance in the first book. I mean. wasn’t he Tolkein’s great mystical character, his Billy Budd?
“rounding out the company”
I see only four dwarves mentioned: Balin, Nori, Bifur and Thorin. Recall that one reason they needed Bilbo—their “burglar”—was to make 14, since thirteen was an unlucky number. Looks like they’re about nine dwarves short.
(nyuk nyuk nyuk)
I’m watching `Fellowship of the Rings’ now.
He was not a neophyte
‘Looks like theyre about nine dwarves short.’
The rest of the dwarves were named in this October 21st announcement: Peter Jackson and New Line Announce ‘Hobbit’ Casting “http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2612463/posts “
This is the first official announcement since then.
‘hard to top Bombadil for relevance in the first book’
His character did nothing to advance the main plot lines.
Thanks for the info.
If you think The Return of the King was a mess, then I can understand your lack of hope for the Hobbit movies.
This will not be a Hobbit Movie made just for the kiddies, he’s already said it will include a lot of back story and prequel foreshadowing for LoTR. That’s why it’s split into two... as strict filming of The Hobbit, it wouldn’t have needed to be.
Not the actors per se, but the breadth of characters such as Beorn being included which means the Wood Elfen king will be in the mix and the whole nine yards.
I’m just glad Jackson is back in the driver’s seat. That’s where he belongs. I just hope he’s still got it... the drive and energy and excitement for this, that he had for LoTR.
It’s a different time now, and, as we’ve been discussing in the hh, sometimes that can have a big effect on the whole magic and dynamic of the thing. Everything came together before, at the right time and the right place.
Hopefully it will again. It is, as has been said, a tough act to follow.
Yep, when Gandalf left the Company after they escaped the wolves in the trees, he went to a meeting of the White Council iirc?
That’s when Biblo uttered the best quote in the book:
“I objected, but my contract was vague on several key points”
Well they haven’t named characters from the human settlements on the Long Lake yet, but I’m sure that they will be named soon. Not to mention the voice of Smaug.
Eh, have to agree somewhat, RTOTK was a bit..overdone maybe?
The first two had more of a hand made feel to them, the Return was more like a Lucas Film imho.
Of all of the scenes that had to be not included in Return, the battle of lonely mtn to me would have been the nicest touch.
In the appendices it mention that Bard’s Son died fighting at the gates of the Lonely Mtn and Thorin’s son protected his body “until the darkness fell”.
That occurred offstage, as did the defense of Lothlorien. They couldn’t mention that because of the Elvish Army going to Helm’s Deep in the movie.
I heard they were going to have Orson Bean provide the voice of Smaug. /sarc
Funny, I don't remember a Dwarf named "The Doctor"...
Dr. Who as a wizard sounds logical to me.
I don’t think “The Hobbit” will be near the movie(s) that “Lord of the Rings” was. The problem is the book is a child’s book Tolkien wrote years before LOTR. My eleven-year-old self liked it, but my seventeen-year-old self loved “The Lord of the Rings.” I re-read the trilogy every few years when I’m down with a bad flu or something.
Also, in “LOTR,” the Company of Nine were all distinct characters. You would never mistake Gimli for Legolas or Aragorn for Boromir, or even Sam for Frodo. But in “The Hobbit,” which is about Bilbo and a bunch of dwarves, they all blend together, except for Thorin.
It also lacks the sweep, scope and Big Themes of LOTR. After all, it’s a kid’s book. Set in the same universe, but anti-climactic after the War of the Ring.
I don’t think “The Hobbit” will approach the world-wide phenom status LOTR enjoyed. And there isn’t enough material for two movies. Should be one two-and-a-half hour flick. They’re just being greedy.
YES! I read it it High School!
Twodor, Fordo, Farahslax, Dildo Buggins, and Mount Badass!
40 years later, I am still laughing!
Nah, it could work just fine really, the difference is the Hobbit is NOT the whole of that period of time, there were several things going on that the Appendices mention.
As for 2 films, just end the first film with the Dwarves in the Elvish prison in Mirkwood and all of the elements that made the Hobbit fun could easily be included in the first film.
Beorn, Goblin King, the One Ring.
To me, one film would come across like the mid 80’s film adaption of Dune did, far too many things were compressed into the film due to time constraints and it hurt the effort.
I sit in the corner and pick my nose
and think of dirty things
Like deviant dwarves that suck their toes
and elves that drub their dings
I read the entire LOTR series in High school and loved it dearly,
But still got an immense kick out of “Bored of the Rings”.
I hope he does it justice, even if it’s in two parts.
George Lucas was a disappointment with all of the Star Wars movies he directed, after the very first Star Wars movie: A New Hope. The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite Star Wars movie of the bunch, and it wasn’t even directed by George Lucas. What is it with this repeated pattern of movie directors making sequels and prequels that are not up to par with their original, first movies of a series of movies? I hope that Peter Jackson doesn’t fall into the same trap that way too many other movie directors continue to fall into.
“Twodor, Fordo, Farahslax, Dildo Buggins, and Mount Badass!”
You can almost picture Goodgulf leading the Boggies, Frito, Spam, Moxie, and Pepsi across the plains ...
Peter Jackson’s resume wasn’t exactly stellar when New Line handed him the keys to Middle Earth. He had done a handful of lightweight horror comedies, most of which flopped. He certainly wouldn’t have been on the A list to direct one of the most sought-after (and expensive) film properties in history.
Nevertheless, he did an incredible job.
Ah, the Great Wizard Goodgulf! I forgot him!
But then again, it has been nearly a half century since I’ve made the journey to Mount Badass!
Thanks for the Memories! :-)
If you are going to do not do it right, don't do it at all.
They should have ended the movie with the coronation and wedding of Aragorn and Arwen. On a high note, and consistent with their theme of putting Arwen more to the forefront (but for the sake of the Valar, NOT at Helm's Deep!). Then they could have done up the battle of Pelinor fields better, not missed the best lines, and maybe had the actual end to the battle rather than little green bubbles cleaning everything up in CGI, and perhaps included the riding from the North of the Dunadain.
“Where are the Dunadain, Elessar Elessar?
Why do the kinsfolk wander afar?
Near is the hour when the lost should come forth,
and the Grey Company ride from the North;
but dark is the path appointed for thee,
for the dead watch the road that leads to the Sea.”
“Is there no hope?” gasped Frito. “Is nowhere safe?”
“Who can know?” said Goodgulf, and a shadow seemed to pass over his face. “I would say more,” he said, “but a shadow seems to have passed over my face,” and with that he fell strangely silent.
“little green bubbles”
That is funny...and Eowyn was cheated of her best line right before offing the Witchking.
After the Witchking’s line of “Fool, you seek to hinder me, no man may hinder me!” she laughs and says “NO man am I, you look upon a woman!”.
Was it the “Be thou living or foul undead, if you seek to touch him (the King Theodin) I shall smite thee!”???
They should have paid more attention to that and more! And left off the not so triumphant return to the shire and “the Travelers” being upstaged by a Pumpkin, which was both anticlimactic and SO NOT HOW THE STORY WENT!!!!
Glad you liked my “little green bubbles” line. It reminded me of those little micro-bubbles with scrub bottoms in the commercial. A little CGI ghostly green washes away all the orcs and trolls!
Again, anticlimactic and SO NOT HOW THE STORY WENT!!!
But all in all he did an AMAZING job, and my criticisms cannot take that away, but he didn't do such a great job that he is above criticism where he fell short, and “The Return of the King” fell far short of what I expected.
Yes, he did!
“Foul Dwimmerlaik be ye living or...”
I wanted to hear the Dwimmerlaik line..lol!
The book gave the impression of a very angry Eowyn, in ROTK she was mostly a very frightened Eowyn in that scene.
All in all though, no real huge complaints, Jackson had to make films from the books.
Thought the directors commentary track feature while the film was playing was brilliant, especially where the Nazgul’s screech came from and why..lol!
Elija Wood was on a talk show and said that Jack Nicholson said he liked the movie (the Return) but that he left after the second ending, and there were still going to be more endings. I agree with Jack.
And I agree with you! Arwen in that scene I always imagined as angry (her beloved uncle who she had cared for and was like a father to her was just killed and she feared he would dispoil his corpse as a token of victory) and she was ALL about the smiting!
Visually stunning in every frame. And the sounds and soundtrack was excellent. Loved the casting, and thought they did SUCH a good job with Golem (Andy Sircus (sp?) is a genius).
Will be nice to see Golem again! If not for him, the ring could not have been destroyed, and destroyed by its own power to, for he was bound to it and Frodo cursed him with it saying that if he ever touched him again he would throw himself into the fire! And he did, while holding the ring he had bitten off Frodo’s finger! Movie did that very well also, the ring had a presence.
Also liked Sauron as “the Eye”. He was spoken of as if Barad Dur was like a big Eye lighthouse with a beam focused this way or that, but he was also spoken of as a mortal form, presumably with a finger that could wear the ring, and buttocks to sit in the throne that he supposedly sat in. “left naked before the lidless eye”