We haven’t been covering the Hobbit movie drama because it was just too….dramatic. Despite everyone being a total wanker and trying to prevent a Hobbit movie from actually being made, it seems that Peter Jackson & Co. are set to start filming two films back to back in February… Somewhere. A dispute involving the New Zealand acting union was quickly resolved when Jackson threatened to move the production — however, the studio was so pissed off that they might still move the two Hobbit films to a more hospitable location. Common sense would say “You’ve already GOT Hobbiton and Rivendell in New Zealand” but…we shall see.
Meanwhile, casting is moving right along! Let’s see who we have here.
As long foretold Martin Freeman, that guy from the UK Office. is a lock for Bilbo. Hard to see a flaw with that. And here’s some more casting:
Thorin Oakenshield: Richard Armitage (MI-5 and Captain America: The First Avenger, Guy of Gisborne)
Kili: Aidan Turner (Being Human)
…wow these Dwarves are smokin’ hot…
Fili: Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders)
…Wait a minute now. Arda to Peter Jackson! These are DWARVES we’re talking about, Khazâd…not dewy-eyed ELVES, tall and fair. Did you READ the Hobbit? Casting all these dreamy British vampires is definitely going against type. Also, not to be too spoilerish but…wow, this is going to be one sad ending!
Dwalin: Graham McTavish (Secretariat)
…Okay these are the older dwarves.
Oín: John Callen (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
…Perhaps this qualifies as a career break for Mr. Callen.
Gloín: Peter Hambleton (The Strip)
Bombur: Stephen Hunter (All Saints)
…readers of the book will recall that Bombur was the dwarf most in need of Jenny Craig.
Dori: Mark Hadlow (King Kong)
By our count we’re still missing Balin, Bifor, Bofur, Nori and Ori. According to Deadline, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are expected to return as Gandalf and Gollum, and James Nesbitt, David Tennant, Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan (is there actually a female speaking part in the movie?) and Bill Nighy are all in various degrees of negotiations. And persistent rumors say that Sylvester McCoy, a former Dr Who, will play Radagast the Brown.
You know that we here at Stately Beat Manor have only one horse in this race and it is Radagast. Denied our Prince Imrahil, we have one more chance for our Favorite Obscure Tolkien Character to get screen immortality. So say it with us: Rad-a-gast! Rad-a-gast! No sleep till Dol Amroth!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.