The Hobbit Casting Rumors

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the hobbit cast brian cox The Hobbit Casting Rumors

In their most recent edition of AICN-Downunder, Ain’t It Cool News included a small item which could be potentially big news for Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson’s upcoming films based on The Hobbit.

A project that’s been in development for a while and eagerly anticipated by a massive crowd of fans and moviegoers alike, The Hobbit has been engulfed in rumors when it comes to casting. So on that note, we have another possible rumor in the form of actor Brian Cox (X-Men 2, Troy, The Bourne Identity) being looked at by the producers as one of the thirteen dwarves in the adaptation.

This news comes on the heels of the John Rhys-Davies (Gimli from Lord of the Rings trilogy) interview with Empire where the talented actor flat out said he won’t be back to play the role of another dwarf, possibly Gimli’s father Gloin. I didn’t really understand why he would or why that would even come up, but Empire asked, and here was his response:

“I’ve already been asked and to be honest with you, I wouldn’t. I have already completely ruled it out. There’s a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. Really I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more.”

There’s been no official casting as of yet but we know Sir Ian McKellen will be back as well as Andy Serkis to play Gollum / Smeagol. We also know that director Guillermo del Toro will be playing one of the monsters which is very cool to see.

As for Brian Cox, AICN reports that one of their reliable sources is leaking that Brian Cox is being looked at but is unsure of whether or not it’s a lock. Here’s the snippet from AICN’s post on the subject:

This is a news item I’d love to proclaim with all-out certainty, but my tried and trusted source(s) aren’t sure if this is a total lock, or whether it’s just someone they’re seriously interested in. Either way, producers of THE HOBBIT have begun looking at casting for the dwarves (dwarfs?), and one name has emerged as a major contender: Brian Cox. He’s a brilliant choice for the role: physically, he fits with the depiction of the the race in LOTR (well, Gimli), and he’s a born Scotsman. Also, he could yell at Galadriel for adding narration. So there you go. If this comes to fruition, you heard it here first!

Like I said, nothing’s been confirmed but it’s totally believable that Cox would be looked at to play one of the dwarves and I’m confident he’d do a fantastic job.

As for the big question of who will be playing Bilbo Baggins, McKellen revealed over the summer that the decision was made and he knew who it was. I expect some major casting announcements are not too far off.

We’ll let you know when we hear more.

What do you think of Brian Cox playing one of the Dwarves?

With Guillermo del Toro directing and Peter Jackson producing (the perfect people for the job), The Hobbit: Part 1 is scheduled to show off Middle-earth, December, 2011 and its sequel the following year.

Sources: AICN, Empire

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  1. Well there’s your Thorin 😉

  2. Great bit of casting, and we all know Del Toro’s mate Ron Pearlman will be the voice of Smaug! I can see that in my head, awesome!!!

  3. Very cool news if it happens to be true…

    For decades now, I’ve thought that Patrick Stewart should play Thorin. I mean, sure, he’s not “squat”, but why couldn’t the king of the Dwarves be shaped a bit differently? Great voice, great screen presence, looks like a bada$$ when he rolls up his sleeves. :)

    Someone get on the phone and make that happen!

  4. Great choice with Patrick Stewart!

    When is nic cage joining the cast? Haha, just kidding.

  5. Patrick Stewart should be in more stuff, Mr Freeze in TDK sequel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Brian Cox would be the perfect Thorin. He has the gruff, sturdy demeanor of a dwarf but also the class befitting a king.

    Not sure if I can picture Patrick Stewart as a dwarf. I’m sure he could do it, but it would be very jarring to say the least.

    DrSamBeckett: Pearlman would make an excellent Smaug. He and Jeremy Irons are the only two actors I can picture voicing a dragon. You need someone who can roar and yet not sound laughable.

  7. @Corran

    I dunno, when I think of a great voice for Smaug, I could have supported just about anything out there from James Earl Jones to Sean Connery. Heck, I could have even gotten behind Alan Rickman, he’s got sinister down pretty good as well.

  8. if it was Sean Connery it would make me think of Dragonheart, and that film makes me sad.

  9. Dragonheart lol

    they should cast the dwarf from Seinfeld – the one that was auditioning with Kramer.

  10. DrSam

    if they could make Mr. Freeze realistic in the film Stewart would be a decent choice. I’m with you on that but it would have to be the total opposite of arnold’s version.

  11. I did an amazing story for TDK sequel featuring freeze and the riddler, it was nothing like schumachers versions, it tonally fit in with Nolan’s vision.

  12. Mr. Cox is such a brilliant actor, he can do no wrong. I have to admit Arnold was pretty damn funny as Mr. Freeze….his one liners still crack me up….”Cool Party” “Vine Lady” “Hey Garden Gal” “So put on your Sunday finest…revenge is a dish best served COLD” “Hey everybody-CHILL” ( I apologize in advance)

  13. I would be interested in hearing Gary Oldman voice Smaug. He could give you whatever dialect and accent you want to hear.

    I would also be curious to hear Victor Garber read for it. He has a wonderful voice… not sure if he could pull it off effotlessly, but I would be willing to listen to him audition.

  14. Dr. Sam

    let’s hear it then but maybe we should find a batman thread.

  15. Never considered Ron Perlman for Smaug. While probably the not the best choice, I certainly wouldn’t be against it.

    Brian Cox is awesome, so this is good news. But we absolutely need to get Brian Blessed as one of the dwarfs, too. I could easily see him playing Gimli’s dad, Gloin.

    I’m also really interested in some of the minor casting. LOTR was almost always spot-on perfect, so I’m curious who they’ll get to play Bard, Beorn or the elf king.

  16. More Patrick Stewart on the big screen would DEFINITELY be a good thing. :)

    Smaug is going to be voiced by Samuel L. Jackson. 😛 Why not? He is just about everything else in Hollywood!

  17. M-Cat

    I cant find a batman thread, so this will have to do, however inappropriate it might be. This is it, I wanted a slightly lighter tale than TDK, the possibilty of some humour at least. Never got a decent title though.

    Batman/Bruce- Christian Bale…

    Jim Gordon- Gary Oldman…

    Lucius Fox- Morgan Freeman…

    Alfred- Michael Caine…

    Oliver Queen- Kiefer Sutherland…

    The Riddler/Edward Nigma- Jeff Goldblum…

    Victor Freeze- Patrick Stewart…

    Talia- Rhona Mitra…

    Dick Grayson- Jensen Aclkes…

    Gotham police are hunting Batman, they have an opening confrontation on a huge bridge over the river, Batman is there trying to round up a criminal gang and must climb around the bridge to evade capture, he ends up taking a dive into the river. The press claim the Batman perished.

    There is a new lunatic in town, a man obsessed with puzzles and questions, he is a killer who places innocent victims in bizarre torture devices and deadly games from which they must solve his riddles to escape. Few manage to survive.

    Bruce Wayne is facing his own crisis, a business rival Oliver Queen has arrived from Star City and he wants to buy Wayne Enterprises diminishing stock. But he will settle for partnering with Bruce on a new medical project, Queen has brought his scientific advisor Victor Freeze. His research is into cryogenics, trying to put a stop on death to allow doctors more time to save lives. Bruce thinks Freeze’s research is potentially dangerous, but will consider the proposal because the company needs the funding, because he has spent so much money on Batman projects. Queen is there with his girlfriend Talia, they go to dinner with Bruce later that night.

    The press have named the new killer, The Riddler, now he has taken and killed several police officers, one of which was a close friend of Commissioner Gordon.

    Gordon is exhausted, from having to lead a city wide manhunt after his trusted friend Batman, and dealing with normal criminals, as well as the emergence of The Riddler. The corruption element hasn’t exactly gone away either. Gordon has taken to drinking heavily, at the possible cost of his family.

    Bruce had heard rumours about The Riddler and decides to go undercover, he disguises himself and heads to a bar where several victims have disappeared. There is a man in the corner doing magic tricks with illusions and the like, he is charming and unstable, Bruce watches on as this man is attacked by an unhappy viewer of the tricks. The attacker ends up stabbed through the shoulder by a knife with a ticking clock on the handle, if the attacker fails to answer the questions put to him in time the knife will explode. Bruce is about to intervene when a man named Dick Grayson, maybe ten years younger than Bruce, steps in and knocks the man aside, and hurls the knife out the door. It doesn’t explode, but by the time everyone has realised this The Riddler has escaped. Bruce tries to talk to Dick, but Dick wants to leave. He is an aggressive and untamed young man with a violent streak.

    When Bruce returns to his penthouse, as the manor is almost finished construction, he and Alfred investigate both The Riddler and Dick, using video footage Bruce secretly filmed in the bar. They quickly learn the identity of the new villain; Edward Nigma. Bruce is shocked to find he used to employ Nigma, and heads to Lucius Fox for answers, leaving Alfred to investigate the mystery of Dick Grayson.

    Fox explains Nigma was fired for his dangerous ideas concerning mind control and the effects of illusions on the human brain, Nigma was also a genius.

    Fox: Like all great men Nigma towed the line between insanity and genius.

    Bruce: I know something about towing the line.

    Fox: Problem is Nigma crossed the line.

    He shows Bruce footage of Nigma using a riddle to hypnotise a group of people and convince them to start attacking each other. Fox then informs his new vehicle is ready at the hanger, but for testing only.

    We learn about Dick’s troubled past, he ran away after his parents were killed during a circus stunt gone wrong, he has repeatedly been in trouble with the law. Alfred senses the parallels between Bruce and Dick, but wisely says nothing.

    Batman shadows Dick, believing his interrupting Nigma makes him a valid target. Dick realises he is being followed and confronts Batman, they have a brief scuffle. Batman eventually convinces Dick to help him by allowing Nigma to take him. This doesn’t quite go to plan, Nigma manages to inject Batman with a freezing compound that completely immobilises and almost kills the caped crusader.

    The Riddler: By the way, I may have told the fine Gotham PD where you are, you can just chill out and wait for them.

    The police arrive, and Gordon barely manages to get Batman back to safety.

    Bruce realises this compound can only have come from Victor Freeze, he finds Queen at the hospital. A few hours earlier, The Riddler broke into Queen’s temporary lab at Wayne Enterprises, stealing all of the research, as well as killing a female assistant who happened to be Freeze’s wife. Freeze has been mortally wounded, exposed to all of his own experiments. His body is now incapable of creating its own body heat, his skin is a pale white blue colour, his retinas are damaged so he must wear red goggles over his eyes for protection. Bruce blames Queen, who should have protected him instead of being out partying.

    Batman and Gordon must find Dick before his time runs out, however this becomes more complicated when they discover Fox has also gone missing. Nigma wants revenge on the person he believes ruined his life, he send Bruce a clue that leads back to the under re construction Wayne Manor.

    Batman enters the site, discovering The Riddler has been busy laying traps and games, he manages to survive relatively unscathed but finds neither Fox or The Riddler. He does find Dick inside a machine, they manage to work out how to escape together. Dick wants to help, and reluctantly Batman sends him off with Gordon to help evacuate Wayne Tower, where Nigma and Foz are located. Nigma plans on using a fuel cell from Freeze’s research to destroy the building.

    Batman takes his new Batwing, and flies to the top of the Tower.

    Alfred: Do you actually know how to fly that contraption Mr Wayne.

    Bruce: You know what they say Alfred, life is a learning curve.

    The Batwing hovers by the roof, Batman tries to talk The Riddler down, but it doesn’t work. He throws Fox off the side but Batman saves him. Fox gets away in the Batwing, Batman is now face to face with The Riddler and his bomb. They fight briefly and Dick arrives just in time to get in the way, Batman obviously defeats him but learns of a greater threat, The Riddler was helped by Talia, Queens girlfriend who is in fact Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter. Batman takes Nigma to Arkham, avoiding the cell on his right that echoes in maniacal laughter, he rushes to find the woman. Talia has knocked Queen out and has disappeared.

    Bruce takes Dick into his family, and they return to the Wayne Manor when it is completed. Batman is no longer an enemy of the city after stopping The Riddler, but Bruce learns from Queen that Victor Freeze has vanished from hospital. Fox retires, and Gordon is determined to kick the drink. There is just the tiniest bit of hope in Gotham for all.

    And Talia returns to her secret hideout, revealing her father Ra’s Al Ghul, while hideously injured is still alive.


  18. Dr. Sam

    I’m working so I won’t have a chance to read it until later. I don’t think Vic or Rob will mind that you posted it on here.


    the search engine you guys use gives odd results when you look for certain articles. Just an FYI

  19. Love Patrick Stewart!

  20. @M-Cat

    Example of an odd search result?