The Hobbit Premieres on 12/14

  • By Kim
  • 10 December, 2012
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Time to glue on those elven ears and unfurl your cloaks, geeks! It’s been 9 years since we’ve been to Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In that time, New Zealand has been established as a breathtaking tourist destination, Orlando Bloom has made 3 Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and director Peter Jackson has lost about 100 pounds. Overall, not bad for those involved in the trilogy.

This Friday, we continue the story in Middle Earth with the LOTR prequel, The Hobbit. J. R. R. Tolkien wrote this as a children’s book in 1937. It tells the story of a simple, home-loving hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who gets roped into the adventure of his life. Accompanied by Gandalf and a crew of rowdy dwarves, Bilbo seeks to help the dwarves reclaim their home, the Lonely Mountain, from the dragon, Smaug. Given Peter Jackson’s successful involvement with the original LOTR movies, it seemed unquestionable that he would also helm the original hobbit story. However, due to ongoing legal disputes between Jackson’s production company, Wingnut Films, New Line Cinema, and even the Tolkien estate, the movie took a long time to come to fruition. Despite the legal disputes, The Hobbit is now being released and has also been turned into a trilogy. Rejoice!

Not many pointy-ears here. It’s all about dwarves this time.

It will star the lovely Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. I was SO pleased to hear about this decision that I literally did a fist-pump. The man is an absolute gem and is going to be a perfect Bilbo. I first saw him in the original British The Office, where he originated the straight-man role played by John Krasinski in the US version. He was so charming in that role and in subsequent interviews that I’ve followed his career ever since. His big US crossover was supposed to be in 1995′s adaptation of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but it never really happened. He currently stars in the beloved BBC’s TV series Sherlock as John Watson, which has found many fans in the US. With the opening of the Hobbit, Freeman’s fame is about to skyrocket to Twilight levels.

I know. I can’t believe they covered up this face either.

The other happy bit of casting I’m very pleased about is the inclusion of Richard Armitage. I think most American’s would know him as Nazu assassin, Heinz Kruger, from Captain America: The First Avenger, but fellow Anglophiles will know him from several high-profile projects. Armitage was a star on crime series Spooks (M1-5), Robin Hood and the mini-series North & South. He’s playing the dwarf leader in the Hobbit, which isn’t MY first choice for him, but I’m happy to see him in such a large production. I mean, who’s idea was it to cast such a good-looking face and then cover it up with hair. Ladies, look beyond the beard – so gorgeous.

So we’ve got another trilogy to look forward to. While it’s not expected to be as astoundingly successful as LOTR – which was unprecedented – it’ll still be a fun movie for us to look forward to. Have you bought your tickets yet?

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