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Peter Jackson has resolved his differences with New Line and is slated to be executive producer of a forthcoming two-movie adaptation of The Hobbit! No director or script yet, but they're expecting to start work in 2009!

The floor is now open for rampant speculation as to the appropriate persons to play Bilbo, all twelve dwarves (especially Thorin Oakenshield), Legolas' father ('the Elvenking'), Bard, and most importantly of all, the voice of SMAUG. :D

Date: 2007-12-18 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Smaug has gotta be James Earl Jones. :)

(For once he'll get to play a dragon that's worth a damn!)

Samuel L. Jackson

Date: 2007-12-19 05:34 am (UTC)
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"What" ain't no country I know! Do they speak English in "What?"
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Date: 2007-12-18 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2007-12-19 12:38 am (UTC)
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I seem to remember John R-D stating, before the Hobbit was ever a certainty, that he would love to play Gloin :) Bu I do think they need a different actor for Bilbo. Ian Holm is awesome but just too old to play the the thief at the age he was in the Hobbit.

Date: 2007-12-19 04:04 pm (UTC)
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John Rhys-Davies has definitely stated that he will NOT be reprising a role as a dwarf. He said this somewhere in one of the commentaries, I believe, because the cosmetics used for his dwarf face gave him bad exema and made his face rather raw and sore.

Date: 2007-12-18 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I suppose Alan Rickman would be rather too recognizable as Smaug, too--best menacing voice of the century, OTOH.

Date: 2007-12-19 12:25 am (UTC)
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He has an *amazing* voice, though, and I think it would be great to give him a non-Snape identity, to remind people who only 'met' him through Harry Potter that he is not a one-trick pony. :)

Date: 2007-12-19 04:07 pm (UTC)
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There was this Harry Potter joke list thing that came out some time back, and one of the points was that Snape was not a terrorist hiding from Bruce Willis, referencing Die Hard.

Date: 2007-12-18 11:34 pm (UTC)
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I don't have anybody that immediately comes to mind. I did however want to say

eeeEEEEE!!!!! *dances*

Date: 2007-12-18 11:53 pm (UTC)
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I kind of assumed that they'd bring back Ian Holm as Bilbo, but he's probably too old even with makeup and other techniques used to make him seem younger.

As for other returning players from LOTR, I could see Andy Serkis doing Smaug. He's got enough range that it wouldn't remind people of Gollum. And they'll have to bring him back to redo the scenes with Gollum, if they aren't using Ian Holm as Bilbo.

Thranduil (the Elvenking's actual name) should be played by someone who looks like Orlando Bloom as Legolas but can actually act.

Date: 2007-12-19 12:39 am (UTC)
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Jason Isaacs for Thranduil!!!!!

Date: 2007-12-19 06:02 am (UTC)
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Oh gawd, he's just the hottest thing in dark hair and light blue eyes to grace the silver screen! LOL! He has been in a number of films. He was the Father and Hook in the latest live action Peter Pan. He was in "Sweet November" with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron as the drag wearing upon occassion upstairs neighbor. He was the bad dude in "The Patriot" with Mel Gibson.

He has mesmerizing eyes, I can see him pull off the etherial elf quality no problem.

As for Bard, I would second the Gerard Butler route. And I know he's now seen as "Batman" but Christian Bale comes across as strong and subtle like a certain Viggo as Aragorn.

I'd like to add at this time EEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeee!!!! lol!


Date: 2007-12-20 06:32 am (UTC)
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Gerard Butler was in a small indie movie called "Dear Frankie". It's a sweet movie, and quite touching. Well worth the rental fee, but I suggest buying it. He also had a supporting role with Billy Connolly and Dame Judi Dench in the film "Mrs. Brown" about Queen Victoria. Quite a charming role in that one. Both films are a must see to see the sexy scottish lad as something besides a roaring spartan or tormented phantom in an opera house.

I COMPLETELY forgot about Jason Isaacs role in HP! This is where I smack my own hand in shame for being such a loyal HP fan and commiting such an agregious oversight!

After thinking about it more after mentioning it, I am now kinda sold on the idea of Christian Bale as Bard.
I'm off to have yummy dreams now about men I'll never meet, lol!

Date: 2007-12-19 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He plays Lucius Malfoy in the HP movies (which might be a reason not to cast him...though I don't think he's so recognizable from there), He play an Irish journalist in the dreaded 5th season of West Wing and he was also the evil dragoon captain in The Patriot.

The reason I said him for Thranduil is I have seen some art where he was used as the model for the King and it worked, it really worked. Plus, he's a decent actor :)

Date: 2007-12-19 12:17 am (UTC)
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hmm, cast speculation by hard-core fans is available at

Current rumors (no idea if they're substantial or just fan-wanking):

Bilbo: Martin Freeman, Colin Firth, Shia LeBouf
Gandalf, Gollum, Elrond: same actors from LOTR
Bard: Clive Owen, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman
Smaug: Morgan Freeman, Edward James Olmos, Alan Rickman, Michael Clarke Duncan

I just hope this isn't George Lucas and the prequel trilogy revisited.

Date: 2007-12-19 01:58 am (UTC)
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All the choices for Bard crack me up, because, OMG, the fangirls would be/go nuts.

If the ideas presented in that link about the second film are correct... oi. Not going in for that one.

Date: 2007-12-19 12:24 am (UTC)
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Why would it take two movies to do The Hobbit?

Date: 2007-12-19 05:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wrog
I think this is one of these "Because They Can" situations.

At this point, I think Peter Jackson could propose a two movie sequence following one of his own meals from mouth to anus and he would get Infinite Budget for it.

Date: 2007-12-19 01:56 am (UTC)
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The question is: Tintin, Temeraire, and the Hobbits – do we have any idea what he's going to be doing first?

Date: 2007-12-19 04:20 am (UTC)
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Date: 2007-12-20 03:51 am (UTC)
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As you might imagine, I find this news rather exciting.

As to Smaug's voice, that was the only impressive thing about the DePatie-Freleng version of the Hobbit.

So Jackson just has to find someone who can do a credible Richard Boone voice.


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