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Weaving, Serkis & McKellen For Hobbit
Elrond, Gollum & Gandalf will return!

12 June 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: The One Ring.net

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Here's one to file under, "Well, duh! But also good". Guillermo del Toro told Radio 5, as picked up by The One Ring.net, that Sir Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving would be appearing in The Hobbit.

It won't come as any great surprise to, well, anyone, but it is welcome news that those members of the Lord of the Rings cast who also appear in The Hobbit will be playing the roles they originated in Del Toro's sort-of prequel to Jackson's trilogy.

We're due a Bilbo casting announcement any day now, but we hope that this tidbit of almost-news will keep you going until then.


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RE: Timbre
L: waltham1979 I'm reading The Hobbit to my son at the moment and when I read out Smaug's dialogue I had Laurance Fishburns voice pop into my head...ello there old adversary es Laurence Fishburne could certainly do the voice of Smaug the Dragon. The character is imposing and frightening, it should be voiced by one who has a certain authority and deepness to their voice. Clearly this would require the casting of a mature older man, 50 years of age or older. Sam Elliott may be suitable? I've n More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 18:23 on 24 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Dwarves
voy Now !!!!!! ] More

Posted by JIm R at 16:29 on 24 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Timbre
L: Emyr Thy King I like the suggestion of Guy Pearce, a serious actor and one who would delve deepply into his character. I would also like Michael Sheen to be in the two films. Either of the names I mentioned could play a dwarf or Bard the bowman? Philip Madoc as Gloin? In regards to the voice of Smaug, Christopher Lee could certainly do it but then he's already voiced Saruman and as others have said, his voice is too "familiar". Perhaps James Earl Jones could do it? Admittedly he is very More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:50 on 24 September 2009 | Report This Post

Timbre
I like the suggestion of Guy Pearce, a serious actor and one who would delve deepply into his character. I would also like Michael Sheen to be in the two films. Either of the names I mentioned could play a dwarf or Bard the bowman? Philip Madoc as Gloin? In regards to the voice of Smaug, Christopher Lee could certainly do it but then he's already voiced Saruman and as others have said, his voice is too "familiar". Perhaps James Earl Jones could do it? Admittedly he is very familiar of course bu More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 15:01 on 22 September 2009 | Report This Post

Dwarves
i could see brian blessed being a dwarf, cud be gd More

Posted by slimmy at 16:13 on 15 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Beorn
I'm sure I read somewhere that there were rumblings of Pearlman being cast in a role. If this is true, I would assume that character would be Beorn. It could have just as easily been a blog that was expressing hope for him being cast. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 16:07 on 15 June 2009 | Report This Post

Beorn
love the idea of peralman as beorn... although i always always always picture brian blessed.... but he is too old! More

Posted by jobin at 15:33 on 15 June 2009 | Report This Post

I'm kinda guessing...
that with wanted 2 in the pipeline, Mcavoy for bilbo is pretty unlikely....? More

Posted by jobin at 15:32 on 15 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
Great news that they are all coming back.   I say Ron Perlman for Beorn, or possibly the voice of Smaug More

Posted by who_dude at 20:53 on 14 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
They really should get Leonard Nimoy on board, he could just follow whoever is playing Bilbo around. He doesnt have to talk (although his great voice might add something to the film), all he has to sing this over and over and over again.....   www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC73PHdQX04p; Now tell me that wouldnt make for an awesome movie? p;     More

Posted by BlueBalls at 23:54 on 13 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
L: Beno Anton Yelchin for Bilbo i say .hat's an interesting one. You might be on to something! Yeah, congrats Sir Lee! Here's hoping you can somehow manage an appearance as Saruman...or maybe voice Smaug? More

Posted by Tank Boy at 22:51 on 13 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
Lee is being Honoured! Finally! Now all we need, is it to be Sir Brucey aswell and we're on our way. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 19:06 on 13 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
L: Overmind L: crazymoviesdude Well I meant would you want to if you were 87. I agree, I'd love to se him in it, as Sarumna, but not as Smaug. greed. His voice is to familiar. Unless they blend and mix. But I dont want to hear Smaug and think Saruman and Count Dooku. To Bildo, hey have a fella playing young Bilbo in the FOTR flashbacks?ote] No , that was Ian Holm with a different wig on . Anton Yelchin for Bilbo i say . More

Posted by Beno at 08:56 on 13 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
L: crazymoviesdude Well I meant would you want to if you were 87. I agree, I'd love to se him in it, as Sarumna, but not as Smaug. greed. His voice is to familiar. Unless they blend and mix. But I dont want to hear Smaug and think Saruman and Count Dooku. To Bildo, didnt they have a fella playing young Bilbo in the FOTR flashbacks? More

Posted by Overmind at 08:36 on 13 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Weaving, Serkis & McKellen For Hobbit
ok as bard, what about.... Guy Pearce - i think he'd be perfect, he has that lean look that i always pictured Bard to have....   m   L: fish that roared What about Beorn, Bard or even Radagast the Brown. Will we see anything of the necromancer who Gandalf, Elrond, Saruman and Radagast oust from Mirkwood I believe? More

Posted by jobin at 17:19 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Weaving, Serkis & McKellen For Hobbit
If you go to aintitcool they have a link to the site that broke the news and the necromancer will be appearing in some form....   L: fish that roared What about Beorn, Bard or even Radagast the Brown. Will we see anything of the necromancer who Gandalf, Elrond, Saruman and Radagast oust from Mirkwood I believe? More

Posted by jobin at 17:17 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
Well I meant would you want to if you were 87. I agree, I'd love to se him in it, as Sarumna, but not as Smaug. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 16:46 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
L: crazymoviesdude No, you're right, it isn't because he can't be bothered, and a correction: he's 87, he doesn't want to fly back and forth to the other side of the world as his age. Would you? rankly, yes. It would mean that I could. 87, though. That's quite an age. I thought he was 78. I'd heard that they were thinking of greenscreening him in London, presumably as Saruman. It would be nice to have something filmed here. Other than PJ's hand pointing at the map, that is. More

Posted by fireboy at 15:48 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
No, you're right, it isn't because he can't be bothered, and a correction: he's 87, he doesn't want to fly back and forth to the other side of the world as his age. Would you? More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 15:38 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

Awesome! More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 15:31 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
L: Timon It's already been reported that Christopher Lee will be voicing Smaug as he won't be reprising his role as Saruman as he can't be bothered to go to NZ for several months. aaah! Seriously? That's such an unimaginative choice. Im sure it's not 'cause he can't be bothered. He is nearly 80. They probably won't let him on the plane! More

Posted by fireboy at 15:15 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Weaving, Serkis & McKellen For Hobbit
What about Beorn, Bard or even Radagast the Brown. Will we see anything of the necromancer who Gandalf, Elrond, Saruman and Radagast oust from Mirkwood I believe? More

Posted by fish that roared at 15:08 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
It's already been reported that Christopher Lee will be voicing Smaug as he won't be reprising his role as Saruman as he can't be bothered to go to NZ for several months.     More

Posted by Timon at 14:36 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bilbo
Not happy with this James guy playing Bilbo. Am happy that Hugo, etc returning. 'twould be wrong to have other actors. Shame about John Noble not wanting to take part. But then, he's not in the Hobbit anyway... More

Posted by fireboy at 14:30 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

Bilbo
Please, please, please cast McAvoy as Bilbo. Everyone thought of him as young Bilbo even before the The Hobbit was announced! More

Posted by XVII at 13:54 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

Ian Mcshane for Smaug!
Golden Compass was shite but that wasn’t his fault. He’d be great! More

Posted by pete_traynor at 13:33 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
I have a feeling that James McAvoy will be Bilbo. Ewan McGregor would be a good choice too. Winstone would be great as Thorin and Timothy Spall could play one of the dwarwes too. More

Posted by eruptus at 13:30 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

Cant wait, already very excited when little tit bits of information are announced!! What the hell is all this about morgan Freeman?? Surley Bilbo needs a young fresh face such as James mCavoy!!! More

Posted by dazmac at 12:13 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

Agreed, expected news but VERY reassuring to know they're returning, I simply cannot imagine anyone else in these roles and would not want to. More

Posted by Anduril666 at 11:44 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Expected but still amazing news!!!!
way better idea than Morgan Freeman!!!   love the idea of blending the voices!   L: fireboy L: jobin Now for the annoiuncement for the 'big 3' - Bilbo, Smaug and Thorin?????? Who who who? My votes go to Martin Freeman, Morgan Freeman and Ray Winstone organ Freeman for Smaug!?! Yes, the man gives good voiceover, but he's a bit of a Connery when it comes to accents... and I don't think Smaug is American. I think they should get 2 or 3 actors More

Posted by jobin at 11:42 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Expected but still amazing news!!!!
L: jobin Now for the annoiuncement for the 'big 3' - Bilbo, Smaug and Thorin?????? Who who who? My votes go to Martin Freeman, Morgan Freeman and Ray Winstone organ Freeman for Smaug!?! Yes, the man gives good voiceover, but he's a bit of a Connery when it comes to accents... and I don't think Smaug is American. I think they should get 2 or 3 actors form a list of great voices and have them all do it, blending the sounds together in different ways. Add in a bit More

Posted by fireboy at 10:39 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

I'd rather an unknown for Bilbo, Freeman would be terrible, he's far too knowing, not innocent enough. As for Smaug and Thorin, I'm not at all sure. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 09:16 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post

Expected but still amazing news!!!!
Now for the annoiuncement for the 'big 3' - Bilbo, Smaug and Thorin?????? Who who who? My votes go to Martin Freeman, Morgan Freeman and Ray Winstone More

Posted by jobin at 08:31 on 12 June 2009 | Report This Post


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