‘The Hobbit’ Cast Adds James Nesbitt & Adam Brown

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the hobbit movies The Hobbit Cast Adds James Nesbitt & Adam Brown

Pre-production on The Hobbit films is now fully underway (hard to believe, isn’t it?) as Peter Jackson and his Lord of the Rings trilogy production team are gearing up for their return to Middle-Earth.

Two more actors have joined the ever-growing cast of The Hobbit adaptation, which is being produced by New Line Cinema and the  (still) financially troubled MGM, which will also distribute the two movies internationally while Warner Bros. handles the U.S. release.

Martin Freeman has been confirmed to play a younger Bilbo Baggins in Jackson’s new fantasy films and will presumably be joined by Ian McKellen, who is all but set to reprise his role as the wizard Gandalf the Grey. The pair will set off on a new adventure in The Hobbit with a horde of dwarves, who will be brought to life by the likes of Richard Armitage, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, Rob Kazinsky, and Graham McTavish (and no, those seven fellows don’t work in a mine and live with a pale-skinned princess in the woods).

Newcomer Adam Brown and Irish thespian James Nesbitt are the latest additions to the Hobbit cast and will play the dwarves Ori and Bofur, respectively. Brown is (naturally) an unknown, though Nesbitt is a well-established character actor who has appeared in films directed by the likes of Danny Boyle (Millions) and Woody Allen (Match Point), and was the star of the BBC series Jekyll (see below), which was penned by the current Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat.

James Nesbitt in Jekyll The Hobbit Cast Adds James Nesbitt & Adam Brown

Ever since Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy grossed some $3 billion at the worldwide box office and was showered with accolades from, well, nearly everyone, we’ve all known that The Hobbit would eventually be given a similarly epic, big-budget treatment. The notion that production on the project could have ever been delayed as long as it has would’ve seemed preposterous just a year or so ago, but time has made fools of us all, it seems.

Now that The Hobbit is FINALLY being made, we must ask the question: Can it match the quality and box office success of Jackson’s previous Middle-Earth adventures? Anticipation for the latest J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation remains sky-high and the project has been in development for a couple of years now, so there’s no reason to be concerned about the script/production design/FX/etc. being rushed – we’re just going to have to wait and see if the final product proves to be worth all the drama.

Both parts of The Hobbit are being shot in New Zealand, back-to-back, beginning early next year. Part 1 is currently scheduled to reach theaters by December 19th, 2012, while Part 2 will follow a year later in December of 2013.

Source: New Line Cinema, Warner Bros.

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  1. Any word on whether or not Hugo Weaving will be returning as Elrond? It would really be a shame to have continuity with Ian Mckellen and Andy Serkis from LOTR but not have Weaving back as well; he was great in that role (as he is in pretty much every role he takes on as well admittedly however).

    • Have any of you considered that by the year 2020 we will have to go through the whole process again to bring “The Silmarilion” to the big screen! I don’t think that NZ has enough locations to spare, so we shall have to film in Russia, Scotland, Ireland and Canada for some of the major scenes I am outlining at the moment.CJB

  2. Its difficult to compare the two stories, Lord of the rings was epic, spanning a continent, nations at war… it was simply bigger.

    The hobbit, without giving away the ending, was a more intimate tale about Bilbo’s adventure with the dwarves through the misty mountains and mirkwood to the lonely mountain. There wasn’t an “end of the world and all things good” feeling like LOTR had at the end.

    We shouldn’t expect the same things. I expect a scary, mysterious and tiresome trek, complete with trollish humour and of course, Bilbo’s draw to the ring. This film should be more atmospheric with magnetic dialogue.

    And I don’t mind if more info from the appendices and other books is included to fill out the story into two films. More is better, it’s tolkien after all.

    • “More is better, it’s tolkien after all.”

      Well said. Bring it on.

      • Yeah, what he said!!!

        • Hey,Smeagol, We need to get together after Xmas and get organised. I have a little place in Safety Bay! (“Compact and Bijou, Dennis”!) (Stepehn Fry circa 1980). CJB.

    • You have hit the nail on the head, my friend.

  3. good but I wish Del toro would have just waited a little bit longer to leave he was so close. But Peter Jackson will do of course.

  4. Wake me up when the casting for Bard the Guardsmen is announced.

  5. Im just wandering how epic the Battle of Five Armies is going to be.
    Would it be on the scale of the Helms Deep Battle in Two Towers.
    We have Orcs and there Warg counterparts, then we have Men, Dwarves,
    Elves and the Eagles, not to mention Beorn. I think Bilbo may kill
    an Orc or two as well. I think the battle itself will be an amazing piece
    of cinematic history.

    • This was and is one of the most pivotal and crucial directorial dilemmas for the team. Bilbo was knocked out for most of the battle. So a little creative writing had to be undertaken to get around fundamental sticking points in the script. Pippa, Fran and Pete are genieuses! So wait and see! CJB

  6. I can’t wait to see Smaug!!!

    • Andy, How on Middle Earth do we motion capture that??? CJB

  7. i wanna know who will play Beorn…

    • I heard Brian Blessed wants to.