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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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    Welcome to The Hobbit Thread, where you can talk about all things related to the upcoming films.

    Release Date: December 14, 2012 and December 13, 2013 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
    Director: Peter Jackson
    Screenwriter: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro
    Official Website: The Hobbit Blog
    Press Release: Here

    Premise

    The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was conquered by the dragon Smaug. Unexpectedly approached by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the wild; through treacherous lands swarming with goblins and orcs, deadly wargs and giant spiders, shapeshifters and sorcerers and ultimately Baggins's meeting with Gollum, where he gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring, the simple gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth.

    Cast

    Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
    Ian Holm as old Bilbo Baggins
    Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
    Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
    Graham McTavish as Dwalin
    Ken Stott as Balin
    Aidan Turner as Kíli
    Dean O'Gorman as Fíli
    Mark Hadlow as Dori
    Jed Brophy as Nori
    Adam Brown as Ori
    John Callen as Óin
    Peter Hambleton as Glóin
    William Kircher as Bifur
    James Nesbitt as Bofur
    Stephen Hunter as Bombur
    Andy Serkis as Gollum
    Hugo Weaving as Elrond
    Benedict Cumberbatch as the voices of Smaug and the Necromancer
    Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn
    Lee Pace as Thranduil
    Stephen Fry as Master of Lake-town
    Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
    Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
    Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
    Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown
    Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
    Orlando Bloom as Legolas
    Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
    Jeffrey Thomas as Thrór
    Mike Mizrahi as Thráin II
    Bret McKenzie as Lindir
    Ryan Gage as Alfrid
    Barry Humphries as the Great Goblin
    Conan Stevens as Azog

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    I had a funny feeling Mr Fry would be in this movie
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    I can't wait for this!!
    Loved every page of the book, especially the pretty illustrations :moon:
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    So yeah as you may see above and below, the first proper images of the dwarves has been released (Dori, Nori and Ori). Thoughts? And thoughts on the earlier photos of Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Ian Mckellen as Gandalf?

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    Howard Shore doing the soundtrack. :coma:
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    This month's Empire magazine has quite a big spread on it with pictures.

    I am sooo looking forwards to seeing it, not least because i adore Sherlock and both of the guys in that are wonderful, so it will be amazing seeing Martin F in this.
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    Found my old Radio 4 tape of the Hobbit the other day.
    Sat back and enjoyed. Such an immense story, I trust Jackson to portray the magic well.
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    (Original post by emmanottinghil)
    This month's Empire magazine has quite a big spread on it with pictures.

    I am sooo looking forwards to seeing it, not least because i adore Sherlock and both of the guys in that are wonderful, so it will be amazing seeing Martin F in this.
    I love that they've got Benedict Cumberbatch involved (and obv Martin), been one of my favourite actors for a while now and has a great voice. Wondering how they're gonna portray The Necromancer though.

    All inspired choices for casting, I can't think of any better people for most of the roles.
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    Cannot wait for this film, kind of dissapointed its not coming out on the original release date, but Peter Jackson's health etc. is more important..
    Love the Lord of The Rings AND RICHARD ARMITAGE :dance: (although he'll be playing a dwarf in this film haha)
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    Can't believe I read that as 'Morgan Freeman'!

    Looks like it will be a good one!
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    I'm so excited about this.

    The only concern I have is Evangeline Lily as 'Tauriel', this new character. I'm not a big fan of Evangeline Lily - I get that she looks quite elfen, but she's short (elves are very tall) and I'm not exactly convinced of her acting ability. I don't like the idea of creating a new female elf.
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    (Original post by Annora)
    I'm so excited about this.

    The only concern I have is Evangeline Lily as 'Tauriel', this new character. I'm not a big fan of Evangeline Lily - I get that she looks quite elfen, but she's short (elves are very tall) and I'm not exactly convinced of her acting ability. I don't like the idea of creating a new female elf.
    Who is "Tauriel" going to be? Evangeline Lily was great in Lost, i think she can act and she's very striking.
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    (Original post by emmanottinghil)
    Who is "Tauriel" going to be?
    Don't really know. She's a Sylvan Elf. All we know is she is not romantically linked to Legolas (thank god!).

    Evangeline Lily was great in Lost, i think she can act and she's very striking.
    She was fine in Lost, but can she be an elf? Can she do a convincing accent? Her height concerns me as well.

    I can't help but think bad things when they start making up characters. I guess they wanted at least one female character - there are virtually no female characters in The Hobbit.
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    Well they did a pretty good job with the whole height issue in the LotR films so I doubt that will be a problem.


    Making up characters does seem a bit odd. If she sucks we can just blame feminists. Or fap over her instead of paying attention to the character.



    I might have to re-read The Hobbit before this comes out seeing as I read it when I was 7 or 8... About 15 years ago. ;p
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    I expect it's not to do with "feminists" but ticket sales - astonishingly, many females like to pay to watch films and the only "blame" we need to apportion here would be the tendancy of male movie directors to assume that trite invented female characters are needed to get us to watch a movie based on a world-famous book that has, er, no females in it.
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    yayy.
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    Whilst we're on the subject, is Peter Jackson really the marvellously faithful transmitter of Tolkien into film that he is claimed to be? Is he trustworthy? Lord of the Rings was undeniably good, but it contained many wierd distortions of the original works that just seemed completely gratuitous and unnecessary. There were so many annoying differences and in nearly every case, simply using the book plotting would have been far more satisfying and "real".

    http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Movie_vs....or_Differences
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    I loved the book.
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    I fear people are going to compare it too much to LOTR. People will be expecting massive, epic battles... but the Hobbit doesn't have them.
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    (Original post by Ape Gone Insane)
    :rofl: 5.25 minutes in. It's Sean from Eastenders!!!

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