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RE: nope - 22/7/2010 3:45:17 PM   
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RE: nope - 30/8/2010 4:54:33 PM   
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I've been on IMDB and I read a thread concerning the role of Gandalf and whether Ian McKellen will stay around to play him or not. Posters made various suggestions for a replacement actor (1) and one of the suggestions which I thought was very inspired; Liam Neeson. The voice, the presence and the mannerisms. It could work! I am in favour of someone other than Peter Jackson to direct the "Hobbit" films. I like the idea of there being a segue between the "Hobbit" films and the "LOTR" trilogy. However, as the "Hobbit" is different in tone to the more serious and labyrinthine "LOTR" trilogy. I would like a different look to the cinematography, set design and even the prosthetics and creature designs.

1. Ian McKellen is aging and it'll be difficult to make him look younger or even the same age as he was in the "LOTR" trilogy.

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RE: nope - 31/8/2010 1:19:35 PM   
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Interesting:

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/08/29/sylvester-mccoy-says-hes-in-talks-for-the-hobbit/

Whatever the role I'm sure he'll fit right in!

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RE: nope - 1/9/2010 8:18:30 AM   
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I've been on IMDB and I read a thread concerning the role of Gandalf and whether Ian McKellen will stay around to play him or not. Posters made various suggestions for a replacement actor (1) and one of the suggestions which I thought was very inspired; Liam Neeson. The voice, the presence and the mannerisms. It could work! I am in favour of someone other than Peter Jackson to direct the "Hobbit" films. I like the idea of there being a segue between the "Hobbit" films and the "LOTR" trilogy. However, as the "Hobbit" is different in tone to the more serious and labyrinthine "LOTR" trilogy. I would like a different look to the cinematography, set design and even the prosthetics and creature designs.

1. Ian McKellen is aging and it'll be difficult to make him look younger or even the same age as he was in the "LOTR" trilogy.


Liam Neeson is a great shout. Sir Ian MacKellen would still be my first choice, but with ever continuing delays perhaps it is time to consider a younger actor for the role of Gandalf.

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RE: The Hobbit - 6/9/2010 12:19:09 PM   
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the book was fantastic, can't wait to see it .

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RE: The Hobbit - 9/9/2010 10:40:39 AM   
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Is he gonna get it?

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/09/08/martin-freeman-indeed-first-choice-for-bilbo-in-the-hobbit-may-still-play-the-part/ 

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RE: The Hobbit - 9/9/2010 10:47:40 AM   
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Your av confused me for a split second then...I was thinking Carl Weathers for Bilbo? Awesome!...But it wasn't to be...

Anyway Freeman would look the part but Michael Sheen would be a good choice aswell. My mate mentioned to me that Sharlto Copley would be ace because lets face it every film would be cooler with Sharlto Copley involved.

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RE: The Hobbit - 9/9/2010 11:59:54 AM   
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Your av confused me for a split second then...I was thinking Carl Weathers for Bilbo? Awesome!...But it wasn't to be...

Anyway Freeman would look the part but Michael Sheen would be a good choice aswell. My mate mentioned to me that Sharlto Copley would be ace because lets face it every film would be cooler with Sharlto Copley involved.


You sir, are to be commended for truly thinking outside the box! That would be the best bit of casting ever!

Sheen has always been my number one choice. Heíd be absolutely wonderful as Bilbo.


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RE: The Hobbit - 9/9/2010 12:37:52 PM   
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Your av confused me for a split second then...I was thinking Carl Weathers for Bilbo? Awesome!...But it wasn't to be...

Anyway Freeman would look the part but Michael Sheen would be a good choice aswell. My mate mentioned to me that Sharlto Copley would be ace because lets face it every film would be cooler with Sharlto Copley involved.


Sharlto Copley would be a great choice and has worked with Jackson before. Wouldn't be as good as Carl Weathers though

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RE: The Hobbit - 9/9/2010 12:53:52 PM   
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Your av confused me for a split second then...I was thinking Carl Weathers for Bilbo? Awesome!...But it wasn't to be...

Anyway Freeman would look the part but Michael Sheen would be a good choice aswell. My mate mentioned to me that Sharlto Copley would be ace because lets face it every film would be cooler with Sharlto Copley involved.


Sharlto Copley would be a great choice and has worked with Jackson before. Wouldn't be as good as Carl Weathers though


No one would! Maybe we should try and bring his name to the attention of Jackson and his casting people

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RE: The Hobbit - 9/9/2010 1:19:17 PM   
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It seems that Martin Freeman is still the preferred option if this story has any credibility:

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/09/09/38409-exclusive-bilbo-the-brave-hobbit-casting-details/

TheOneRing.net is generally considered reliable and well-informed, although counting against them here is the fact that they do give The Sun's story equal credibility with other sources. I'd still be amazed if production on The Hobbit actually started in January 2011 though!

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RE: Peter Jackson Confirmed? - 15/10/2010 11:46:36 PM   
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awwwww yeah http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/breaking-hobbit-gets-its-greenlight-21749

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RE: The cast is coming together - 18/10/2010 8:30:02 PM   
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So Martin Freeman is all but cast as Bilbo Baggins and the likes of David Tennant, James Nesbit and Michael Fassbender are all rumoured for roles....

Considering his friendship with Edgar Wright and co, what's the bet that Nick Frost might crop up as a dwarf? He'd be ideal!


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RE: The cast is coming together - 18/10/2010 8:34:26 PM   
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If Brian Cox, James Cosmo and Brenden Glesson aren't getting calls to play dwarfs, then there is something wrong in this world.

Fassbender must be up for Bard.


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RE: The cast is coming together - 18/10/2010 8:36:45 PM   
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Cox, Gleeson and Cosmo are surely shoe-ins. Whenever there is a historical epic of note that needs men of age, girth and gruffness, they shall be there!




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RE: The cast is coming together - 18/10/2010 9:15:41 PM   
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Tennant's probably up for the Elvenking Thranduil. Can't think of anyone else he'd be suited to.

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RE: The cast is coming together - 18/10/2010 9:34:13 PM   
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Great shout for Cox, Gleeson and Cosmo!! I would guess Fassbender is probably in line for the role of Bard who's prob gonna get a meatier role seeing as their making it two movies. Or Beorn but to be honest i think the ideal choice for Beorn is Russel Crowe unless they wanna go down the Hagrid road which i doubt

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RE: The cast is coming together - 22/10/2010 7:58:27 AM   
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http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=29275

Seems as if they've been pretty quick on the casting front. Really suprised to see Richard Armitage cast as Thorin - would have gone for Brendan Gleeson myself with perhaps Richard Armitage as Bard The Bowman. But I'm sure Jackson knows what he's doing. Hope they manage to get Bill Nighy as the voice of Smaug.

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RE: The cast is coming together - 22/10/2010 8:22:42 AM   
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That's all good casting as far as I'm concerned, finally it seems like I can get excited about this now!

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RE: The cast is coming together - 22/10/2010 10:25:28 AM   
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And weíre off! About fucking time too!
 
All good news here as far as Iím concerned. Freeman wasnít my number one as I would have loved Tom Hollander but heís still a great shout as was definitely in my top three.

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RE: The Hobbit - 22/10/2010 11:30:35 AM   
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They should make room for Mike McShane and Brian Blessed as dwarves.

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RE: The cast is coming together - 22/10/2010 11:35:54 AM   
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http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=29275

Seems as if they've been pretty quick on the casting front. Really suprised to see Richard Armitage cast as Thorin - would have gone for Brendan Gleeson myself with perhaps Richard Armitage as Bard The Bowman. But I'm sure Jackson knows what he's doing. Hope they manage to get Bill Nighy as the voice of Smaug.


Yeah, I'm surprised about Armitage too. Not that he isn't a decent actor but I have a hard time picturing him as a dwarf, if Jackson himself hadn't said it I would have thought it was a character name mixup and he's actually playing a human/elven character.

Liking the Freeman choice, I'd read ages ago that James McAvoy was up for Bilbo and until recently I thought he'd be excellent but it feels like Freeman will be able to keep shades of Ian Holm's performance in his own.

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RE: The cast is coming together - 22/10/2010 12:19:45 PM   
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Big fan of both Freeman and Armitage so this is good news.

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RE: The Hobbit - 22/10/2010 3:42:11 PM   
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Its great to have Richard Armitage in this film! Besides, he is absolutely handsome and sexy.

But he should be playing Thranduil, or one of the elves or men.

Really, Richard Armitage playing the oldest of the dwarfs, Thorin, is weird. Having such a goodlooking man for a character so in disguise is an odd casting LOL.
But anywayz, it gets my interest, Thorin is my favorite dwarf.


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RE: The Hobbit - 22/10/2010 4:10:01 PM   
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I'm astonished Armitage got the role - I think he's a remarkably mediocre actor for the most part. Brooding - fine. Actual words? Not so much.

Freeman as Bilbo seems a nice choice. But some of the others seems an oddly low rent cast with soap people and someone from Power Rangers?

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RE: The Hobbit - 22/10/2010 4:38:06 PM   
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I really want to be more excited than I am about these films, I love The Hobbit and in fact most of Tolkienís work and spent 5-6 years of my life avidly following the production and end results of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy but for some reason this influx of casting just isnít igniting my interest. I like Freeman (based on interviews and Buzzcocks appearances...) but Iím not a fan. I never got into The Office, I greatly disliked The Hitchhikerís Guide to the Galaxy and I missed the whole Sherlock hullabaloo (which Iím sure was more to do with Gatiss/Moffat and Cumberbatch) still time will tell and at least thereís something happening back in Middle-earth.

As for Armitage as Thorin though, that I find dubious and thatís my being polite...


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RE: The Hobbit - 22/10/2010 4:54:49 PM   
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(which I'm sure was more to do with Gatiss/Moffat and Cumberbatch) still time will tell and at least there's something happening back in Middle-earth.

As for Armitage as Thorin though, that I find dubious and that's my being polite...



Slightly OT - given our complete agreement on Armitage (kudos for being more polite than me), I can honestly say as a Conan Doyle fan that it really is Freeman too - this is easily one of the top couple of Watson's I've seen, a real respect for the character.

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RE: The Hobbit - 22/10/2010 11:33:24 PM   
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Considering how much of the cast of LOTR weren't huge names, this seems keeping in line with that idea.

Also the politics of this union thing has been really interesting. I suspect Warners would be quite happy to house the two movies in the studios which have done Harry Potter over the last decade.


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RE: nope - 23/10/2010 5:46:55 AM   
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Interesting:

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/08/29/sylvester-mccoy-says-hes-in-talks-for-the-hobbit/

Whatever the role I'm sure he'll fit right in!



Supposedly, at a screening of Withnail & I in New Zealand last night, his good friend Paul McGann confirmed that McCoy has now got the part of Radagast the Brown.


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RE: nope - 23/10/2010 9:40:13 PM   
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I think Freeman is a great choice for Bilbo, and I must say I would have chosen Armitage as the Bard rather than Thorin. It's not that I don't think he's capable (North and South, Spooks - great roles), but it's an odd way to go.

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