Posts Tagged ‘John Rhys Davies’

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‘THE HOBBIT’: CATE BLANCHETT, ORLANDO BLOOM Reprising Roles – MCKELLEN, SERKIS, and WEAVING no longer confirmed – Here’s Why

December 9, 2010

CATE BLANCHETT as GALADRIEL

ORLANDO BLOOM as LEGOLAS


Source: Deadline.com, ComingSoon.net

Cate Blanchett (‘Lord of The Rings’ trilogy, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’) will reprise her role from ‘Lord of The Rings’ trilogy as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien.

More info on Blanchett’s return including PETER JACKSON’s reaction as well as casting of key roles from the book can be found HERE.

Orlando Bloom will likely be the next original cast member set for an encore. He’s near a deal to return as Elven archer Legolas. And it’s for more than a cameo.

Read more on that HERE.

As far as Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Hugo Weaving (Elrond)?? Those actors are no longer confirmed as being involved. THRALL WORLD previously posted they were on board whilst GUILLERMO DEL TORO was still involved as director but the source article specifically mentions they have not been confirmed since the change to PETER JACKSON as director.

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‘THE HOBBIT’ Update: MARTIN FREEMAN Cast As BILBO BAGGINS, More

October 24, 2010

MARTIN FREEMAN


Source: ComingSoon.net

Martin Freeman (THE HTCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, HOT FUZZ) will play Bilbo Baggins, the hero of the story.

Richard Armitage (UK TV’s “MI-5” and soon to appear in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER) is set to play Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon.

Rounding out the Company of Dwarves are Aidan Turner (TV’s “Being Human”) and Rob Kazinsky (TVs “EastEnders”) who play Kili and Fili, respectively.

The remaining dwarves will be played by Graham McTavish (Secretariat and TV’s “24”) as Dwalin; John Callen (TV’s “Power Rangers Jungle Fury”) as Oin; Stephen Hunter (TV’s “All Saints”) as Bombur; Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori; and Peter Hambleton (TV’s “The Strip”) as Gloin.

Read more HERE.

The two Hobbit movies will be directed by PETER JACKSON and are scheduled for release a year apart from each other on December, 2012 and December, 2013.

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‘THE HOBBIT’ Movies FINALLY Moving Forward- PETER JACKSON Directing

October 16, 2010

PETER JACKSON


Source: ComingSoon.net

The two films based on “The Hobbit” are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson.

Read more HERE.

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GUILLERMO DEL TORO Quits ‘THE HOBBIT’ – “Conflicting Schedules” – Official Statement

May 31, 2010

GUILLERMO DEL TORO


Source: TheOneRing.net

More bad news for Hobbit fans. In addition to a delay in production announced just last week, director GUILLERMO DEL TORO is now saying he is withdrawing from as director due to “confliciting schedules” resulting from financial issues at MGM. Here’s the latest:

Guillermo Del Toro announced today that he is no longer directing the two movies based on J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”, but will continue to co-write the screenplays.

“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life”, says Guillermo. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wlsh the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director”.

Read producer PETER JACKSON’s response and more HERE.

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‘THE HOBBIT’ Delayed!! GUILLERMO DEL TORO Explains Why

May 28, 2010

GUILLERMO DEL TORO


Source: ComingSoon.net

Guillermo del Toro responded to questions about the state of The Hobbit, saying that the film does not have a start date, nor will it until MGM sorts out its financial troubles.

“It’s not greenlit,” said del Toro, “That’s categorical… We’ve been caught in a very tangled negotiation…There cannot be any start dates until the MGM situation gets resolved.

“We have designed all the creatures,” he said, “We’ve designed the sets and the wardrobe. We have done animatics and planned battles sequences….We are very, very prepared for when it is finally triggered.”

Read more HERE.

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‘THE HOBBIT’ Update: 3-D for Two Film Adaptation A Possibility Per GUILLERMO DEL TORO

March 3, 2010

'THE HOBBIT' director GUILLERMO DEL TORO


Source: TheOneRing.net

I wouldn’t read much on it just yet, but now, after all this time, after AVATAR doing the Box Office it did, we have had enquires from above about The Hobbit being in 3-D.

No impositions or heavy leaning. Just enquires. Just fulfilling my promise to let you all know if discussions ever started.


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‘THE HOBBIT’ Casting Information

December 14, 2009

GUILLERMO DEL TORO just might be looking for you


Source: Acting-Auditions.org

Think you have what it takes to be in the new Hobbit films? It helps if you live in New Zealand…

Casting is scheduled to begin next week, December 14, 2009, on the upcoming MGM Studios feature film “The Hobbit” Part 1. The project is now being developed as two films, and principal photography is tentatively scheduled to begin in New Zealand around May or June 2011. Please submit photos and resume by mail only. No phone calls or personal drop-offs.”

Principal Actor Casting:
Liz Mullane Casting
17 Taipakupaku Road
Karaka Bay
Wellington, New Zealand 6022

Extras Casting:
Miranda Rivers
PO Box 6479
Marion Square
Wellington, New Zealand 6022

More information HERE.

Remember to thank THRALL WORLD in your Oscar acceptance speech.

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THRALL WORLD’s Big ‘THE HOBBIT’ Update: Casting Begins This Week, “We’re Auditioning For Every Role” – PETER JACKSON

December 8, 2009

PETER JACKSON


Source: HeatVisionBlog.com

Casting on “The Hobbit” begins this week, with wide auditions expected for each part except Gandalf, which is being reserved for Ian McKellen, who played the wizard in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

“We’re auditioning for every role,” [Producer Peter] Jackson said in an interview, adding he is a big believer in casting a wide net to better match actors with the roles.

Read more HERE on some juicy casting rumors – the big one being who will play Bilbo Baggins – and whether or not production on the film has been delayed as has been trickling over the web of late.

In other recent HOBBIT updates:

In a recent in-depth interview, GUILLERMO DEL TORO chatted about all kinds of things he hopes to accomplish in the two movie prequel to the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Check that out HERE.

JOHN RHYS DAVIES recently confirmed he will NOT be reprising his role as GIMLI in the new movies. Find out why HERE.

What we do know for certain in casting news is:

Hobbit’ director Guillermo del Toro confirms that Hugo Weaving will be cast in the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ films. While he does not specifically say he is returning as Elrond, when speaking of Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen and Weaving he says, “…as the roles they originated in the trilogy.”

Read more on that HERE.

And finally, in case you missed it; 40 more minutes of LORD OF THE RINGS for you to check out if you’re like us and still haven’t gotten enough of TOLKEIN’s epic and just can’t wait for THE HOBBIT films.

Plot synopsis: Strider must hunt down Gollum to keep the Ring secret.

Directed by CHRIS BOUCHARD, THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM stars; Adrian Webster, Pat O’Connor, Arin Alldridge, Gareth Brough, Rita Ramnani, and Max Bracey.

Made by fans on a shoestring budget for free release on the internet.

More info at THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM Official website.

Check out the trailers below and the full movie for FREE at THIS LOCATION.



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GUILLERMO DEL TORO Talks ‘THE HOBBIT’ In New Interview

November 5, 2009

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GUILLERMO DEL TORO


Source: TotalFilm.com

New interview with PAN’S LABYRINTHE, HELLBOY, and upcoming THE HOBBIT director, GUILLERMO DEL TORO.

GUILLERMO DEL TORO on what source material is being used for the two The Hobbit movies:

“We are respecting the structure established by Professor Tolkien…

…but we will be integrating Gandalf’s comings and goings because he does disappear in the book quite often.

So, as opposed to the book, we see where he goes and what happens to him…”

On interpreting characters such as; the dragon Smaug, the Spiders of Mirkwood, the Wargs, and Beorn the bear-man:

“Smaug has beautiful lines of dialogue; the Great Goblin has beautiful lines of dialogue; many creatures do. So we had to design them with a different approach because you are not just designing things that are scary.”

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THE HOBBIT: The Dragon SMAUG

On Smaug specifically:

“I think one of the designs I’m the proudest of is Smaug.

Early in production I came up with a very strong idea that would separate Smaug from every other dragon ever made. The problem was implementing that idea. But I think we’ve nailed it.”

Read the entire interview HERE.

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‘THE HOBBIT’ Update: JOHN RHYS-DAVIES Passes On A Return To Middle Earth

October 30, 2009

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GIMLI and his Real Earth counter-part JOHN RHYS DAVIES


Source: EmpireOnline.com

Davies apparently had a really rough time with make-up and prosthetics in the LOTR trilogy.

…While Gimli doesn’t appear in The Hobbit, his father Gloin does, so we asked [John Rhys Davies] recently whether he’d be back for another go.

“I’ve already been asked and to be honest with you, I wouldn’t. I have already completely ruled it out. There’s a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. Really I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more.”

Read more HERE.

It should be noted that the character that Rhys-Davies physically portrayed in LOTR, Gimli, does not appear in The ‘Hobbit’ and nor does the character Rhys-Davies voiced – the Ent, Treebeard.

Other LOTR alumni who have been confirmed to be making a return in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘THE HOBBIT’ include; Andy Serkis (Gollum), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and Hugo Weaving (Elrond). More info on that can be found HERE.

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