Dominic Monaghan & Others Returning For The Hobbit?

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It seems we may see some of our favorite hobbits make a return to the big screen among other potential returning characters in the upcoming Hobbit films (probably the second one IF it happens).

Back in August, we wrote about Peter Jackson and his two partners in crime finalizing their deal to write the two Hobbit films with Guillermo Del Toro. In that article, it was referenced that Del Toro promised some casting news by December… But that has come and gone and there hasn’t really been any official casting news as of yet.

Later, in October we wrote an update on the writing of the films from an interview with Del Toro - in it he spoke about the creative process and how he and the writing team were all working together on each film as opposed to splitting it up amongst themselves (as they had originally planned to do with Del Toro writing just the second of the pair of films). He confirmed writing was going well and on schedule.

In that post, I talked about how the novel would be split up amongst the two films and it was confirmed by Guillermo that [Spoiler ahead!] the first movie would end with Smaug dying. By our deduction, this occurs in the 14th chapter of the novel, so that leaves only 5 or so chapters of content for the second movie.

the hobbit viggo Dominic Monaghan & Others Returning For The Hobbit?This is great news for us fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy as it means we should have plenty of screen time in the second film for it to act as a “bridge” film. This second movie would supposedly tie-in The Hobbit with the trilogy we’ve already seen and loved, allowing all the films to be watched consecutively as a well-flowing pentalogy. It would hopefully jump forward many years after the events of The Hobbit and show us the events leading up to the beginning of the Fellowship.

Why is this important? Well, it means we could (and hopefully!) will see the return of some (many?) of our favorite characters from the trilogy!

We already know Sir Ian McKellen is a must to reprise his role as the lovable wizard Gandalf and that Andy Serkis would be bringing back his Gollum charm to the CGI-animated character. Seeing other characters make a return as well (who are not actually in The Hobbit novel) would be quite a nice surprise to fans.

In our “Weekend Movie News Wrap Up” in late December, we spoke a little bit about Viggo Mortensen discussing his involvement in the project. At the time he had yet to be contacted for the role but he had this to say to MTV:

“I haven’t heard anything. Ian is very proactive. He’s been banging that drum!. It was a very important project to all of us and especially to him I think. He wants to make sure Gandalf is in there and in there early! I’m going to cross that bridge when I get to it. Obviously, I would rather have the chance to play that role myself since I originated it on film than have someone else do it.”

It sounds like he’s interested in doing it and I’m sure the entire fan base would be very interested in seeing Aragorn on screen again.

the hobbit dominic Dominic Monaghan & Others Returning For The Hobbit?Now, it looks like Aragorn may not be alone as a potential returnee. In speaking with MTV at the Sundance Film Festival the other day, Dominic Monaghan (Merry from LOTR and Charlie from Lost) says that the producers of The Hobbit want to bring back some of the fan-favorite characters.

“They really want us to come back, and I think there’s a really strong chance that we might be back”

In the interview, he also discusses how it would be easy for him to return to the mindset of being a playful hobbit and that it wouldn’t take much preparation for him to return to the role he and so many others love.

“I’ve been chatting with Pete and [writers] Fran [Walsh] and Philippa [Boyens] about the chance of us coming back…I think the fans of the first three ‘Lord of the Rings’ films will be charmed by going back into the world.”

Dominic also discusses the idea of extra sequels/prequels not living up to their predecessors as well as the notion of “going back to the well too many times” *cough* Star Wars *cough* and but explains it would be different for this project even though they will be adding many scenes not from the novel to allow these characters to return.

For the complete interview and Dominic’s thoughts on The Hobbit, click here.

I’m stoked on this idea and the more characters they bring back, the better I say. As I said in a previous article, I’d love to see Sean Bean back as Boromir and David Wenham as Faramir, among the many other awesome characters I’d like to see return.

As of yet, there is no word on the other three hobbits – Stay tuned for more!

Are you excited about the two Hobbit films and would you like to see many of the characters make a re-appearance?

The first of The Hobbit films is due out in December, 2011 and the second in December, 2012.

Source: MTV

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  1. Ending the first movie with the defeat of Smaug makes perfect sense. Similar to LOTR, the Hobbit had a conflict after the big conflict. Personally I hated the stuff in the novel after Frodo destroyed the ring and thought it unnecessary.

    In the Hobbit the conflict after the death of Smaug made sense and flows logically out of the aftermath. Although part 2 may be a bit tricky particularly when adding new stuff to try and tie two very distant stories (time-wise that is).

  2. This is great news. I’m also a huge del Toro fan so, so ready to see this. I do tend to prefer things as close to the original source as possible though, so if there is going to be a bridging, I’d prefer to see the scenes somewhere in the original written material, even if it’s in the footnotes, endnotes, or appendices. Let’s not make up plotline out of whole cloth.

  3. Ending after Smaug does sound good. I expect that bit will be quite spectacular to watch, and then the next movie will have the big battle in.
    Breaking the book up over two gives more time for characters and events as well. I’m sure if they had been sure of the big hit they had, the Lord of the Rings would have been more than three movies.

    Not sure how they will bring back these characters, especially in a prequel – Merry and Pippin just steal vegetables – but would love to see more.

  4. I am REALLY looking forward to these epic films. Wasn’t there one point in the Two Towers extended edition where Eowyn asks Aragorn how old he is because King Theodin remembers from when he was a boy of Aragorn going to battle with Theodin’s father..Aragorn states that he is 87 years old…Sounds a lot to me like he could possibly be included in the Battle of Five Armies..Why not include Legolas as well since he and Aragorn have obvious history together and are OLD friends…Gimli could be there as well since Balin was at the battle and they are cousins…

    I think the possibilities are enormous and that Jackson and Del Toro have the fans right where they want them. There is nothing really to draw upon for reference because we are not really sure of what source material they are drawing from…I am sure some part of the Silmarillion

    I am sure some part of the Silmarillion especially Book Five : “Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age” will be a major source for the bridge movie from the end of the Hobbit to the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring…I found it a little hard to read at times( Silmarillion) but there is a lot of great stuff in there to help complete a script and to be honest I hope Jackson/Del Toro and team use a lot from their own imaginations to complete these films (from a scripted point of view)..They know what the fans and fanboys like and I hope they give us more Stryder, Legolas, Gandalf, Gimli, Bilbo, Mirkwood Elves, Minas Tirith, and Smaug…I can’t wait to see how Del Toro creates that dragon and brings him to life..He is the dragon that started it all in the fantasy genre in my opinion..

    I could go on for hours on Tolkien..


  5. @ Vid

    “Personally I hated the stuff in the novel after Frodo destroyed the ring and thought it unnecessary.”

    It’s called closure in literature…very necessary from a literary standpoint..

  6. I’m not sure how they will bring Merry and Pippin into the mix because the Hobbit takes place 65 years before LOTR…I can easily see how they could bring Frodo into a bridge movie as he was put under Bilbo’s care after his parents died…Aragorn(Dunedain), Gimli, Legolas(immortal)at least appearing are plausible because of their long life spans..Gandalf because he was the wisest and most noble of the Istari,one of the Maiar of Valinor..Interestingly enough there was an unseen dynamic going on between Galdalf and Saruman.. Círdan who was an elvin king gave Gandalf one of the rings of power called the Narya, the Ring of Fire and Saruman always resented Gandalf for this. Also Galadriel had hoped that Gandalf would be leader of the White Council(Saruman instead was chosen after Gandalf refused) to respond to the threat that Sauron had indeed returned as the Necromancer of Dol Guldur. Saruman trickery and deciept run much deeper in the Tolkien mythos that what appears in the LOTR trilogy.. There is plenty of material to make this bridge movie work remarkably well..but there is nothing written of Merry, Pippen or Sam before the FOTR…

    I am stoked for this and will savour every detail as they emerge… :) Yes I am a big Tolkien Geek….

  7. The bits where Gandalf disappear in the Hobbit could well become a new storyline. I’d love to see more of it.

    There’s no doubt the movies can/will reinvent some sections. After all, in the movie Gimli wants to go into Moria, whereas in the book he dreads to, as he knows what has happened. If the movies are redone a little to get in certain characters, I won’t complain. If it works. ;)

    Gimli could turn up with the dwarven army. Won’t be much of him, although guess they could have Rhys Davies play cousin Balin, and play him similarly to Gimli. After all, they were cousins.
    Aragorn and Legolas could be with the elves. They wouldn’t meet Gimli in this so that wouldn’t be a problem. Again, they wouldn’t have too much to do, but they’d be there.

    In saying all that, the main thing for me is the new characters. Thorin Oakenshield and Beorn are two I really want to see, and who plays them. So I’m much more excited about new things in these movies than old.

  8. I’m also a Tolkien geek. :D

  9. It is very likely that Gandalf was rallying the troops for the Battle of Five Armies during his absence in the Hobbit..offering his counsel and not influencing events directly but instead providing counsel to be that source of inspiration to men as he was when he returned in the Two Towers..

  10. “Seeing other characters make a return as well (who are not actually in The Hobbit novel) would be quite a nice surprise to fans.”

    Good Lord… I hope not.

    I can see *maybe* actors Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett returning, maybe John Rys-Davies (as Balin, not Gimli) but that’s about it really. But the Rings films already touched upon the relationship between Aragorn and Arwen (although Liv Tyler can be a cameo as well) and the revelation of Aragorn’s lineage -so what is the purpose here? To make “the fans” happy? (yawn….)
    The actors of LOTR and the respected characters should be in the Hobbit films if needed for the story. Not “just because”.

    Not one “fan” is/will be disappointed if these actors and/or characters are MIA. We are promised returns from Ian Mckellean as Gandalf and, most obviously, Andy Serkis as Gollum, perhaps even Ian Holm. If other actors/characters are left out it’s not like we’ll suddenly have this “void”. I’m sorry. I don’t buy it.

    Having the three main Hobbit characters from LOTR – Frodo, Sam, Merry- serves no purpose even if they *were* written into the Hobbit (2). The friends purpose is defined in the Rings films. Sam doesn’t make his oath to Mr. Frodo before Fellowship of the Ring, now, does he?

    Nothing against the actors wanting and willing to reprise their roles even for a day; but if this is Bilbo Baggins story and not Frodo’s…

  11. Aragorn met Gandalf the Grey in 2956 of the Third Age and the events of the FOTR take place in the year 3009 and actually occur much differently than in the Jackson movies…In the books Aragorn tracks Gollum at Gandalf’s request and finds Gollum in the Dead Marshes and brought himto Thranduil’s home in Mirkwood, where Gandalf questioned him..Aragorn undertook great journeys, aiding the armies of King Thengel of Rohan (King Theoden’s grandfather), and Steward Ecthelion II of Gondor (father of (Denethor)..So Aragorn was 34 when he first met Gandalf and 87 during the events of the LOTR trilogy..

  12. @ Darren seeley said

    The bridge movie(not the Hobbit) is where we will probably see Jackson and company bring some of the characters from the LOTR trilogy into the story..I am guessing some will be just short cameos while those of Aragorn and Legolas could be bigger roles because they have history and know each other well before the events of the FOTR..

  13. @ Darren seeley,

    The bridge film does not all have to take place during The Hobbit time period.

    It could skip forward to events right before Fellowship and show characters/events leading up to that meeting at the council. (as an example)

    Wouldn’t you like to see a scene of Aragorn and Gandalf a few years earlier?

  14. It could skip. Not sure how, it could ruin the feel and flow of the movie. But that could be the answer.

    I would prefer not to have the old characters in the first movie, except Gandalf and Bilbo, obviously. Oh, and Gollum. Stick Aragorn and Frodo and co in that and they will overshadow the new characters.

  15. No, Rob. I wouldn’t

    Why skip forward to events leading up to the first Rings film? It is rather pointless, in my view.

    As far as the Hobbit time period itself, a character like Legolas (well, Orlando Bloom needs this gig more than anyone…) or any of the Elven characters would suffice. My main concern is having them in just to have them.

  16. Well, they’re gonna have half a movie, maybe even two-thirds of a movie’s worth of time to ‘bridge’ The Hobbit story with the Trilogy.

    With all that time, I’d love to see those iconic characters of the trilogy make a return even if its for a small scene. I just hope it makes sense storywise whatever they decide to do.

  17. Guys I think you are missing the point that the history is there with Legolas and Aragorn having history…Gandalf and Frodo have history prior to the FOTR..Elrond has history prior to FOTR as well as Galadriel, Celeborn, Arwin, Theodin, Saruman…They can practically and realistically bring these characters in the second film because the history is there…read more of the Tolkien mythos besides the LOTR trilogy..there is a lot of great material there to do this movie whether you want these characters or not…

  18. We might get to see Tom Bombadill who has history and is known to have associated with the Hobbitts and even danced and drank ale at Farmer Maggots place..

  19. DId I mention I love the Tolkien mythos?

  20. This just seems like another rehash of older thoughts. The ideas are great but we’ve been throwing stuff like this since The Hobbit’s film inception. I’m ready for the dang script to be finished so Del Toro and the writing Triumvirate (Peter, Fran, Phyllipa) can start casting!

  21. I think it is great that they are doing the hobbit. Actually I was a little dissappointed that they did not do the hobbit before the LOTR. But I think they can tie everything in to the LOTR quite nicely. They really do need to go into the history of Aragorn and Gandalf. And about Tom Bombadil and everything. This is going to be exciting to see what they do with it and I wish them lots of luck.I cant wait until it comes out. I have ben a fan of these books since I was a kid. I loved it when they brought the LOTR to the movies. Looking forward to this.

  22. I gotta agree with Darren on this one..

    Although it is plausible that the other familiar characters could be in it, it’s just not necessary when they had their own three headliner flicks. This is Bilbo’s journey and should be respected in that manner. It’s guarenteed success, so I hope they’ve got the balls to tell a solid story without the need of misplaced cameos to distract their audience from the core plot. The first LOTR flicks were a big risk in themselves as they were not universally familiar before the movies. I hope they have the same spirit of trusting a good story over a dumb audience this time around.

    Story tweaks and cuts are inevitible in a film adaptation. But the addition of characters just for a three second “There’s Pippin!” moment is just over exposed writers floating on a barrel down the river of movie mediocrity.

  23. If I remember correctly, in the book the Hobbit, the reason that Gandalf leaves the party right before they go into Mirkwood Forest is because he has pressing business in the South. He has to deal with Angmar the Witchking (Lord of the Nazgul)who is becoming too powerful. There is a large battle with Angmar the Witchking that I would love to see in the movie. (I would also love to see Radagast the Brown in the movie)

  24. So, I can see how maybe some of the old characters like Aragorn or some of the elves (Legolas) could be fighting at the battle against Angmar the Witch King, but I wouldn’t find it very believable to see them at the Battle of the Five armies.
    (We could even see Saruman as a good Wizard fighting against Angmar the Witch King)