8 Dec 2009

Casting of The Hobbit Lady Galadriel Style....

I remember once reading (in a book :p) a quote from Peter Jackson , "...never believe what you read on the Internet." and I come to the conclusion he is absolutely right. Of course there is anticipation and excitement around anything to do with The Hobbit movie, but rumours and speculations are spreading like wild-fire, a stream of actors have been rumoured to become Bilbo, some frankly, completely unsuitable. Names have been circulating about potential candidates for the dwarfs too, and yet as today the only actor that we do know has been cast to play in The Hobbit is Sir Ian McKellen in the role of Gandalf. Lets all sit back for one minute, and think...as Tolkien's fans we all want to be able to re-enter Middle-earth, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy left many wanting for more, and more is coming with The Hobbit but I, for once, do not wish the movie adaptation of one of Tolkien's masterpieces , to be rush through for the sake of making a dollar or two. I really do not want Peter Jackson and the production team to feel under pressure more then what they probably are already. We all hope to see the first instalment of The Hobbit in 2011 but it slips back for whatever reason I do not think its such a great deal. It took years of hard work and preparation before The Lord of the Rings was ready to be filmed, so lets all rejoice in the knowledge that, sooner or later, we will be in Middle-earth again, we will see out beloved Shire, and feel the magic once more.

Something however is coming, as Galadriel would say, "I feel it in the waters..." , Internet speculations in the last month or so, pointed at today, December 8th 2009, as the day an official announcement about the movie was going to be made. Now it seem the official announcement has been (apparently) postponed to next week. In the meantime The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that casting for The Hobbit has started this week in London and Los Angeles. We’re auditioning for every role,” Peter Jackson said in an interview. The part of Gandalf has been awarded to Ian McKellen, but the rest of the characters are up for grabs. Please note that the names of both Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Hugo Weaving (Elf Lord Elrond) , were not mention at all in the interview . Both actors however have been rumoured to get back in their original roles in the past few months, so we shall see.

“(These movies) have never been a star-driven vehicle. The star is (author J.R.R.) Tolkien and the world he created. We are not under any pressure. We want to find the right people. Casting someone to portray a hobbit is not as easy as you might imagine. They have to have a particular type of physical appearance and a sensibility. And the same with an elf or a dwarf. These are fantastical characters, but you’ve got to find the right people to play them, the right humans to translate these characters.” (Peter Jackson talking to The Hollywood Reporters)

Well said hobbit Peter!! Its not like everyone can be a hobbit, a dwarf or an elf ; not every Tom, Dick or Harry (Potter? :p) can become Bilbo Baggins, so casting will take time, and if it takes a bit more time,so be it! One way to solve this would be to ask Lady Galadriel to have a little pick in her mirror, she always knows what's coming.... :)

"It began with the search for one hobbit . Names were given to the Internet ; McAvoy, Tennant and Radcliffe , and Freeman. Thirteen Dwarfs Lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls had to be found. And elves, fair and beautiful who above all else desire peace. For within these characters was bound the strength and the will to bring Middle-earth back to life. But they were all of them well hidden in the world of men, and they had to be found. In the land of New Zealand, , hobbit Peter Jackson planned in secret, a master plan, to find all others. And into this plan he poured all his passion, his skills and his hope to re-enter Middle-earth once more. One Hobbit to rule them all. One by one, the hidden hobbits, elves and dwarfs of Middle Earth were found. But there were some who resisted. The hobbit of Bag End, The Shire was still elusive and had to be found for the freedom of Middle-Earth. Victory was near, but the hunt was not easy. It was in this moment, when all hope had faded, that during a late afternoon audition in London, a simple hobbit came forward and took up his destiny. The wait for the free peoples of Middle-Earth, was over. Bilbo Baggins was found. And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge. Until, when chance came, the ring ensnared another bearer. The ring came to the creature Gollum, who took it deep into the tunnels under the Misty Mountains, and there it consumed him. The ring gave to Gollum unnatural long life. For five hundred years it poisoned his mind; and in the gloom of Gollum's cave, it waited. Darkness crept back into the forests of the world. Rumour grew of a shadow in the East, whispers of a nameless fear, and the Ring of Power perceived. Its time had now come. It abandoned Gollum. But then something happened that the Ring did not intend. It was picked up by the most unlikely creature imaginable. A hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, of the Shire. For the time will soon come when hobbits will shape the fortunes of all... a Hobbit (movie) is coming I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air."

Once Upon A Hobbit