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McKellen talks Hobbit

10.13.2009

It seems that THE HOBBIT and its sequel aren't moving at quite the snail's pace it feels like. Recently, Empire talked with Sir Ian McKellen, who is returning as Gandalf, about start dates, shoot lengths and casting.

The scripts for the two films will be delivered very soon,” he revealed. “Then they'll be budgeted, and then they'll be cast. And they'll be going when they've always said they would be, which is next spring – March or April. Guillermo even told me at one point, 'We're going to film for 383 days.' He's got that artistic autism! Jackson's the same; they're very, very, very alike. They also very different, but they've so much in common. They both can't stand Hollywood and have wonderful imaginations, and they're both obsessed with gore and fantasy. Both of them laugh a great deal. Guillermo's one of the most brilliant men I've ever met. His English vocabulary is way superior to mine!”

There’s been fervent speculation about the possible return of other Rings cast members, with the likes of Legolas and Aragorn in the frame for cameos, but Sir Ian isn’t convinced.

“Unforunately, there won’t be many of the actors going back,” he said, “unless they’re going to put masks on and be disguised as dwarves! Andy Serkis is, at the moment, I think, the only other actor who’s doing this film.”

So it starts next March, will take over a year to shoot, and only Andy Serkis and himself are returning. When are we actually seeing this thing, December 2011 with the next one a year after that? Sounds about right. McKellen had no other news about casting, including no speculation on who the titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins might end up being.

I have to admit, though I’m not a die hard fan of the series, it will be nice to have a LORD OF THE RINGS movie to look forward to again. That stretch of three years where they would come out every Christmas was pretty amazing. 

Extra Tidbit: Iím also looking forward to hopefully a Hobbit main character that wonít annoy the hell out of me this time. Sorry Elijah, but every line you said in that series was painful.
Source: Empire

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7:17AM on 10/14/2009

MARTIN FREEMAN

Cast him, he'd be perfect.
Cast him, he'd be perfect.
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6:17AM on 10/14/2009

bilbo

I'm hip to McEvoy as Mr Baggins. His performance is stellar in The Last King of Scotland and talent is undeniable.
I'm hip to McEvoy as Mr Baggins. His performance is stellar in The Last King of Scotland and talent is undeniable.
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4:26AM on 10/14/2009

Tennant!

Even though it's been officialy squashed as a possibility. I'm still showing strong support for David Tennant as Bilbo...
But since that won't happen....my hat is now in Martin Freeman's ring. (huh, "ring," pun unintended)
Even though it's been officialy squashed as a possibility. I'm still showing strong support for David Tennant as Bilbo...
But since that won't happen....my hat is now in Martin Freeman's ring. (huh, "ring," pun unintended)
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6:08PM on 10/13/2009
Bilbo will be played by another actor, not Ian Holm. It's a shame, and I bet PJ would want to cast him again, but to make the movie more appealing to everyone, they have to cast someone much younger. Mark my words, some marketing-y scheme is in play here. They did the same for Frodo (in the books he's older) with Elijah Wood.
Bilbo will be played by another actor, not Ian Holm. It's a shame, and I bet PJ would want to cast him again, but to make the movie more appealing to everyone, they have to cast someone much younger. Mark my words, some marketing-y scheme is in play here. They did the same for Frodo (in the books he's older) with Elijah Wood.
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5:17PM on 10/13/2009

Martin Freeman

Is a terrible idea. Just... horrible. I don't have a particular preference for anyone, but he's just not right. Although in fairness what they need to do is cast Ian Holm, although that would never happen - the whole point is that Bilbo 'hasn't aged a day' from when he found the ring - it's given him unnatural long life (which is why he doesn't look much different when we flashback to him finding the ring in the original LOTR trilogy). So to have an obviously younger actor take the part pretty
Is a terrible idea. Just... horrible. I don't have a particular preference for anyone, but he's just not right. Although in fairness what they need to do is cast Ian Holm, although that would never happen - the whole point is that Bilbo 'hasn't aged a day' from when he found the ring - it's given him unnatural long life (which is why he doesn't look much different when we flashback to him finding the ring in the original LOTR trilogy). So to have an obviously younger actor take the part pretty much defeats the whole point of that.
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4:39PM on 10/13/2009
Martin Freeman would be great. I'm just so jazzed for this flick, the next two years or so will be pretty long.
Martin Freeman would be great. I'm just so jazzed for this flick, the next two years or so will be pretty long.
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2:00PM on 10/13/2009
Well, surely Hugo Weaving will be returning as well. I'm in favor of Martin Freeman, but not married to the idea. It'll be interesting to see just who they find to stick in this movie since it seemed like every other Brit, Aussie, and Kiwi in the business either got a role in the trilogy, or was related to someone who did.
Well, surely Hugo Weaving will be returning as well. I'm in favor of Martin Freeman, but not married to the idea. It'll be interesting to see just who they find to stick in this movie since it seemed like every other Brit, Aussie, and Kiwi in the business either got a role in the trilogy, or was related to someone who did.
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2:00PM on 10/13/2009
Well, surely Hugo Weaving will be returning as well. I'm in favor of Martin Freeman, but not married to the idea. It'll be interesting to see just who they find to stick in this movie since it seemed like every other Brit, Aussie, and Kiwi in the business either got a role in the trilogy, or was related to someone who did.
Well, surely Hugo Weaving will be returning as well. I'm in favor of Martin Freeman, but not married to the idea. It'll be interesting to see just who they find to stick in this movie since it seemed like every other Brit, Aussie, and Kiwi in the business either got a role in the trilogy, or was related to someone who did.
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1:34PM on 10/13/2009
Please.. for the love of god NO JAMES MCAVOY. He gave one of the worst performances I've ever seen in Wanted (granted, the movie was horrible), and his delivery ranged from campy to serious to corny during the same lines.

Gives us an unknown or Martin Freeman.
Please.. for the love of god NO JAMES MCAVOY. He gave one of the worst performances I've ever seen in Wanted (granted, the movie was horrible), and his delivery ranged from campy to serious to corny during the same lines.

Gives us an unknown or Martin Freeman.
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1:19PM on 10/13/2009

another chance to say

MCAVOY FOR BILBO.
goddamn cast him already.
MCAVOY FOR BILBO.
goddamn cast him already.
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