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Richard Armitage Battles A Tornado

From Hobbits to horrible weather...

After this December, Richard Armitage will no longer be known solely as “that bloke from Spooks and Robin Hood” but as “one of the beardy Dwarves in The Hobbit.” All right, so he’s the party's leader, Thorin Oakenshield, which should give him plenty of chances to make an impression. But he’s also making sure he has other work lined up, including an untitled tornado action film.

While Deadline’s report on Armitage’s casting didn’t include many details besides the fact that The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callies has also joined the cast, the film – once called Category Six after the rating system for twisty storms – is a found footage natural disaster outing.

James Cameron protégé Steven Quale, who made his directing debut last year with the decent Final Destination 5, is aboard to call the shots from a script by John Swetnam. The story will follow a group of high schoolers dealing with the aftermath of a massive tornado and, of course, shooting everything on their gadgetry. Kids, eh? If they’re not being swept off to magical lands of wizards and witches, they’re busy with their droids and their Me-Phones...