Peter Jackson Talks Returning Characters in The Hobbit.

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Hobbit1 Peter Jackson Talks Returning Characters in The Hobbit.

Many fans and moviegoers have been waiting for a reliable source to reveal details about which LOTR characters will be returning for The Hobbit: Part 1.  Peter Jackson finally went on record with MTV (Collider noticed and told us) and gave us what we wanted.

The Academy-Award winning director, who’s executive producing and co-writing the coming Hobbit flick, is very busy these days with producer-related responsibilities for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and The Lovely Bones (which he also directed).  For those of you who’ve been in serious hiding, The Hobbit: Part 1 is to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro, who’s probably best known for his direction on the Hellboy movies along with Pan’s Labyrinth.

Check out who Jackson says could return from the Lord of the Rings trilogy below.

“Gandalf, being a 2,000-year-old wizard, is still around and plays a major role in The Hobbit, and we’re having Ian McKellen reprise… There’s a couple of other characters: Elrond, who was played by Hugo Weaving [in the original films], and there’s a possibility of Galadriel, who was played by Cate Blanchett.”

“They are elves, so once again, in the realm of Middle-earth, they’re immortal, they don’t age… We have a process that would start with showing them the script. We’re not [beginning] any official process until we have the ‘official’ script that they can read.”

We already know that the script for The Hobbit: Part 1 has been completed and submitted and the second is on track to be finished at the end of this month or beginning of the new year. We also know, despite some rumors, that the first of the duology is still scheduled to open in theaters at the end of 2011.

I’m curious to see if the new Hobbit flicks are so packed with story, character development, etc. that two films are warranted, or if this trick will end up smelling like someone said, “Hey!  Why make only one movie out of a beloved story that will gross $800MM worldwide when we can make two?”  I guess my final position on that will be in hands of Mr. Del Toro and Mr. Jackson.

Other than the logically appropriate immortals (or whatever Gandalf is) showing up, which character(s) from LOTR would you like to see in The Hobbit: Part 1?

The Hobbit: Part 1 is scheduled for a December, 2011 release.

Sources: Collider, MTV

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  1. Isn't the biggest and most disastrous messing with Tolkien's book in the LOR the end battle of Return of the King? To have the title character, Aragorn (Returning King), and three of our favourite characters by now (Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn) show up at the battle of Minis Tirith, hack a few times, and it's over as the ghosty whisps out of a Disney movie brush all the enemy away… it's boring and anti-climactic… and oh, not what Tolkien wrote anyway!!! In the book the 'ghosties' remove ONLY the enemy on the ships, which allows the southern knights to join Aragorn by coming north on the river. They arrive at a much more desperate situation and fight a propper battle. I have it when something so epic and artistic stoops to the cliches of being cartoony and Disney-ish.

    There's my rant.

    Cheers

  2. Thank you! Was wondering how far I would have to read before someone said something.

  3. Thank you! Was wondering how far I would have to read before someone said something.