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Post by Admin on Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:40 pm

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The Hobbit involve two Magnetos?

by Liam on October 16, 2010 · View Comments[edit]

And so the casting speculation begins. Now that Peter Jackson has a February start date for The Hobbit he can begin offering roles to actors, which he may have been doing for a while, but now things start getting official.

According to Deadline “Martin Freeman will soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins”, Irish actor “Jimmy Nesbitt has been offered a role” and “Michael Fassbender is being pursued for another as is David Tennant”.

We heard from Freeman earlier this week who said, scheduling conflicts aside, he’s up for it. Doctor Who actor David Tennant was one of those names linked to the Bilbo role when wild casting speculation was rampant, but it may have been the case that they wanted him for another part instead.

James Nesbitt is well known in the UK for his TV roles, and he appeared in Bloody Sunday in 2002 (directed by Bourne director Paul Greengrass). I can easily see him playing a dwarf (13 dwarves will appear in the film if they decide to include them all).

The more interesting name mention is that of Michael Fassbender, who is currently filming X-Men: First Class as Magneto. Should he join the film, he may star opposite Ian McKellan who we all know played the Master of Magnetism in the X-Men trilogy. I’m sure everyone’s inner geek would love to see that.


With dwarves, wizards and elves requiring actors all we can do is speculate until specific roles are confirmed. I’m liking all of the names mentioned above though, and would be happy to see them all appear in The Hobbit.


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The Hobbit Finally Getting Made!
October 15, 2010 Kevin Vasquez

The New York Times reported earlier today that a deal had been formalized for Peter Jackson to direct two films based on J.R.R Tolkein’s “The Hobbit,” beginning in February 2011. Late this afternoon, the studios involved with the production, MGM, New Line and Warner Bros., issued a press release officially confirming this news. You can read the official press release here.

The project has long been delayed because MGM, the studio that co-owns the rights to the Hobbit, is going through bankruptcy and has to deal with billions of dollars of debt. The Times reported that MGM, partnering up with Warner Bros. has come up with their share of the production cost for the film, which may reach somewhere around 500 million dollars.

Deadline has some casting news to report. Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis have long been expected to reprise their roles as Gandalf and Golum. Martin Freeman, who starred in the British version of “The Office,” is supposedly the lead candidate to play the lead role of Bilbo Baggins. Freeman is an extremely funny and talented actor, I think he’ll be good fit in the role. The other big piece of casting news that Deadline is reporting, is that Michael Fassbender is being pursued for a role in film. Fassbender is a f#%@#&! great actor, and his mere presence classes up any film he is in. This line of thinking doesn’t apply to Fassbender’s role in the disastrous “Jonah Hex.” The exception proves the rule.

I would have loved to have seen how Guillermo del Toro would have handle this material, but he left the project after the many delays it encountered. I just hope that Jackson can wipe the stink from “The Lovely Bones” off him and deliver some of that “Lord of The Rings” greatness to “The Hobbit” films.


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Fassbender, Tennant for 'The Hobbit'?
Saturday, October 16 2010, 12:30pm EDT
By Tom Ayres, Comics Reporter

Michael Fassbender is among a number of actors rumored to have been approached for a role in the upcoming film adaptation of The Hobbit.

Deadline reports that Fassbender is currently being pursued for an unannounced role on the film, and that David Tennant and James Nesbitt are also under strong consideration.

Fassbender will appear as the villain Magneto in next year's X-Men: First Class, the same role portrayed by his potential Hobbit co-star Ian McKellen in the original X-Men trilogy.

The two Hobbit films were finally given the green light this week following a number of setbacks over the past few months.

Production on The Hobbit is currently scheduled to begin in February 2011.
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Post by Admin on Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:59 pm

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The Hobbit Greenlit, Freeman to star
by Clint Morris (Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at 12:02 am )

Don't think I'll ever truly believe the "Rings" prequel is real until I'm sitting in the theatre, jeans riding up my butt, phone vibrating like a leg tick in pocket, watching it, but nonetheless MGM and New Line have sent out a press release indicating that it's full speed ahead on a Peter Jackson-directed "Under the Rainbow on Middle Earth" film.

Furthermore, we can reportedly expect some casting announcements in the next few weeks, according to Deadline.

The oft-rumoured Martin Freeman (“The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”) is said to be a John Hancock away from scoring the Bilbo Baggins role. Nice.

Ian McKellan is back as Gandalf... the pink... or whatever his colour is at this particular time of his life. Andy Serkis will jump around with a camera strapped to his neck, ass and elbows, as Gollum.

Jimmy Nesbitt, seen recently in the Aussie drama “Matching Jack”, is up for a role.

So is David Tennant, who (we did a set visit a while ago and he looks like he’s rockin’ the part!) is impressing the heavies with his performance as Peter Vincent in Dreamworks’ “Fright Night” remake.

Michael Fassbender ("X-Men : First Class") may even end up in the movie.

No word on who any would play... and quite frankly, I’ve not a lot of time to guess (gotta catch a plane shortly).

New Line president and COO Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. president and COO Alan Horn, and MGM co-CEO Steve Cooper, says the "the two films based on 'The Hobbit' are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson."

Meantime, the Union bosses are still camped out the front of the Jackson loft with pitch-forks.
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Two Magnetos in The Hobbit?
More casting buzz for the now greenlit LOTR prequel.
October 15, 2010
by Jim Vejvoda

With The Hobbit having now finally received a green-light to commence production in February, the industry scuttlebutt is that the Peter Jackson-directed film could boast not one but two Magnetos, plus two Doctors -- a Who and a Jekyll.

"Word is Martin Freeman will soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins," according to Deadline. Furthermore, they claim James Nesbitt (star of TV's Jekyll, as well as Paul Greengrass' Bloody Sunday) "has been offered a role." They add that the oft-rumored David Tennant (Doctor Who) is also being pursued for a role in the two-part epic, while Andy Serkis is expected to return as Gollum.

But here's where Deadline's casting story gets particularly interesting for fanboys, as they report that Irish actor Michael Fassbender (Centurion, Jonah Hex) is also being considered for an unspecified role. Fassbender, as you may know, is currently playing young Magneto in the prequel X-Men: First Class. Should he be cast in The Hobbit, Fassbender will find himself in a cast that includes his predecessor in the role of the master of magnetism, Sir Ian McKellen, who is expected to reprise his role as the wizard Gandalf.

Stay tuned for more news from The Shire as it happens. Meanwhile, sound off in the Comments below with who you think these new additions might play!


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10/16/2010
Martin Freeman Set To Play Bilbo Baggins, James Nesbitt Offered Role And Michael Fassbender & David Tennant Being Pursued For 'The Hobbit'

After months and months of speculation and innuendo, it's taken a mere few hours after being greenlit for word about casting to spill for Peter Jackson's much troubled, long anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit."

Deadline are reporting that British television star Martin Freeman ("The Office," "Sherlock") is set to take up the iconic role of Bilbo Baggins with James Nesbitt already offered an unnamed role and Michael Fassbender and David Tennant currently begin pursued. The cast is currently expected to see Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis return in their original roles as Gandalf and Gollum.

Freeman has been long linked to the role and, most recently, rued the missed opportunity to take the role due to scheduling conflicts with his BBC modern reimagining of the 'Sherlock Holmes' tale. It seems like those very conflicts are being worked out, freeing the actor up for the no doubt life changing role.

Nesbitt, on the other hand, has already reportedly received an offer to join the film in an unnamed role while Tennant -- who saw rumors linking him with the role of Bilbo for years -- may eventually join the project even if in another role should the reported initial interest come through. The actor is slowly finding his way across the Atlantic after playing the iconic titular character in "Doctor Who" for years and will be seen in Craig Gillespie's "Fright Night" remake next year.

Fassbender has already been fast tracking his way to Hollywood stardom after groundbreaking roles in "Hunger," "Fish Tank" and "Inglourious Basterds" but joining "The Hobbit" would definitely take him to the next level. Like Tennant though, whether the early interest follows through remains to be seen but, either way, an exciting future lies ahead for the actor who'll be seen starring in Cary Fukunaga's "Jane Eyre" along side Mia Wasikowska, David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" with former Middle Earther Viggo Mortensen and Matthew Vaughn's star-studded "X-Men: First Class."


News of the casting developments comes almost immediately after the project finally earned the greenlight from the studio (via a deal between Warner Bros. and MGM), firming February 2011 as the start date with Peter Jackson officially at the helm and gunning for a Christmas 2012 and 2013 3D release date. And despite the recent production troubles Jackson has faced with the New Zealand unions over working conditions, a resolution is expected in the next week or two with Warner Bros. already making plans to move the production if required. Any significant plan change like that, though, will likely throw another curveball at the already troubled production; hopefully Jackson and New Zealand film authorities can settle their differences.
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Martin Freeman Set For The Hobbit; Jimmy Nesbitt, Micheal Fassbenbder & David Tennant Also In Talks

With yesterday's announcement that The Hobbit has finally been given the greenlight, here are some updates on the casting!

First of all, the casting for The Hobbit is well underway, so all of this could change the next day.

So, yesterday it was announced that The Hobbit will begin production in February, 2011 for a 2012 release date. Peter Jackson is confirmed as a director and now here are couple of casting news.

It was previously reported that British actor Martin Freeman will play Bilbo Baggins, but then the actor himself said that he is not sure if he will be able to star in the movie since he is working on the new BBC TV show Sherlock. Now, it looks like that they have managed to resolve the scheduling issuses and the actor is set to play that role.

Along Freeman, three new roles have been offered to David Tennant (who was rumored for awhile now), Michael Fassbender (he plays "Magneto" in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class) and Jimmy Nesbitt.

From Deadline:

"Things must be getting close on The Hobbit, because casting buzz is getting strong in Hollywood. Word is Martin Freeman will soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins, that Jimmy Nesbitt has been offered a role and that Michael Fassbender is being pursued for another as is David Tennant."

Andy Serkis and Ian McKellan will probably return for the 3D prequels, so stay tuned for the updates...


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Casting for The Hobbit already underway
Submitted by Matt Keith on October 16, 2010 – 6:52 am

After facing many troubles, MGM has finally decided to go ahead with development on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit (here). Of the many issues that stalled development was the IFA (International Federation of Actors) telling all actors to turn down any roles offered to them (here), and that production may have to moved out of New Zealand. However, all the seems to be coming to an end as offers are being sent out to actors to star in the films.

Deadline Hollywood catches word that Martin Freeman is set to take over the lead role of Bilbo Baggins, who was portrayed by Ian Holm in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Freeman was already being considered for the role, but had to work around scheduling for BBC’s Sherlock Holmes. Jimmy Nesbitt (The Way) has been offered an unknown role in the films. Michael Fassbender (X-men: First Class) and David Tennant (Doctor Who) are reportedly being pursued as well. Among them will be Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis returning as Gandalf and Gollum.

It’s unknown what role Tennant and Fassbender are wanted for, but one could assume that of the dwarfs Bilbo accompanies on his journey. Sylvester McCoy has also previously been reported to be in talks for a role (here), but it’s uncertain if that offer is still valid. It’s also seems that a deal was made to allow filming to commence in New Zealand, which served as the filming location for Jackson’s Lord of the Ring’s Trilogy. There’s still the issue of MGM, and just how they will put forth their half of the $500 million production cost. Production is looking to start in February, and yes, the films will be shot in 3D.

The Hobbit, Part I is scheduled to open in December of 2012. Part II looking to arrive in December of 2013.
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Post by Admin on Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:23 pm

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* October 16, 2010 11:14 pm
* Matt Holmes

There’s something intensely gratifying about seeing an actor – who you know deep down in your gut is the perfect man to portray a particular part, and have indeed already spent hundreds of words testifying as much – to actually be the one who is chosen for the dance. But for it to happen twice in a week, well it’s put me on top of the world, quite frankly. I couldn’t be happier.

Just days after Tom Hardy was cast as The Riddler for ‘Batman 3′, comes news from Deadline that lovable Brit Martin Freeman is very close to working out a deal to play Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit‘.

This comes just hours after the film was officially greenlit for a back-to-back February shoot, with Peter Jackson returning to direct. It’s the perfect scenario – the man behind the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy directing the perfect embodiment of a young Baggins, but boy did it take some time to get them both here?

Expect casting to flood in fast now as WB/MGM/Jackson look to secure their new Middle-Earth occupants. Hot off the press reports say James Nesbitt has been offered a role, and that David Tennant (who could have made an interesting Bilbo) & Michael Fassbender are also being courted. What characters they are, I can’t quite fathom but when you add those names to Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Andy Serkis (Gollum), well that’s a helluva cast right there. I know that much.
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Martin Freeman 'Hobbit' Watch: Actor Confirmed to Play Bilbo Baggins?
By Moviefone Staff (Subscribe to Moviefone Staff's posts)
Posted Oct 16th 2010 5:21PM

With 'The Hobbit' finally getting a greenlight after what seems like forever, the spotlight now shines on Martin Freeman. The English actor, perhaps best known as Tim on the original 'The Office,' has been long rumored as the frontrunner to play Bilbo Baggins, the diminutive fellow who defeats a dragon and finds a ring.

Where does the rumor mill stand right now? Here's what we know:

- 'The Hobbit' will start shooting in February and be directed by 'Lord of the Rings' guru Peter Jackson.

- Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Martin Freeman will indeed play Bilbo Baggins (also that Jimmy Nesbitt, Michael Fassbender and David Tennant are being offered other roles). MGM has not yet confirmed this news.

- Freeman was originally offered a seven-figure salary to play the part, but reportedly had to turn it down to appear in the second 'Sherlock' series on the BBC (he plays Dr. John Watson).

- Freeman, despite having had to bow out, retained hope that the role could yet be his, telling Empire Online, "if something could be worked out, that would be great."

- Entertainment Weekly reported that the studio went back to Freeman to re-negotiate and accommodate the actor's schedule, allowing him to film both 'The Hobbit' and 'Sherlock.'

So are the rumors true? Do we finally have our Bilbo? Keep it tuned here to get the latest on Martin Freeman's potential casting and all 'Hobbit' news.
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Martin Freeman Cast As Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit?’

Posted on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Germain Lussier

Last month, we reported that Martin Freeman, best known for starring roles in The Office, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Sherlock was the first choice to play the lead role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. Well yesterday, after news broke that the film had finally been given a greenlight and would start shooting in February, reports came in that the actor was officially cast in the role made famous by Ian Holm in the original Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Jimmy Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday, Waking Ned Devine) was also reportedly cast while the same report said that Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class, Inglourious Basterds) and David Tennant (Doctor Who) were also being courted by director Peter Jackson. There’s more info after the jump.

UPDATE: When I wrote this story, I was unaware of the following press release, which I have published below. It negates a few of the paragraphs I originally wrote, which, I left untouched after the release.

OSCAR WINNER PETER JACKSON TO DIRECT “THE HOBBIT” IN TWO INSTALLMENTS
Peter Jackson Set to Direct J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” In a Two-Part 3D Production of Extraordinary Scope

(Los Angeles, October 15, 2010) The two films based on “The Hobbit” are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc..

“Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience” Jackson says, “It’s an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty and drama. We’re looking forward to re-entering this wondrous world with Gandalf and Bilbo - and our friends at New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers and MGM”.

“Peter is a filmmaker of incomparable ability; having him return to Middle-earth to produce and direct is a dream come true. A true original, Peter is a gifted story-teller, visionary director and pioneer in film technology,” said Emmerich. “Reuniting with Peter, Fran and Philippa truly makes it feel like we are going ‘there and back again’.”

“There is no human being on the planet as qualified as Peter Jackson to direct these films,” said Horn. “Peter is incredibly talented and has the creative vision and experience to bring this beloved property to life in a way that no other filmmaker could. And the team of Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens has proven through their work on the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy that no one is more skilled at transforming Tolkien’s written words into a vibrant, living language that makes the audience believe they are not merely visiting Middle-earth, but actually living in it. We couldn’t be more thrilled and look forward to seeing “The Hobbit” take shape under Peter’s stewardship and the team he is putting together.”

“MGM is excited to move forward and add to the successful ‘Lord of the Rings’ franchise,” said Cooper. “Under Peter’s direction, the films will undoubtedly appeal to fans of the original ‘LOTR’ trilogy and also bring the stories to a new generation of fans.”

Jackson, who directed all three “Lord of the Rings” films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of “The Hobbit” in two parts. Jackson will utilize groundbreaking visual effects and his incomparable story-telling to bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel to the big screen. Both Hobbit movies will be filmed in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology to create a high quality, comfortable viewing experience. Jackson also co-wrote the screenplays with Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.

“The Hobbit” is being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production, Warner Bros Pictures handling domestic distribution and MGM distributing internationally. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films, with Phillipa Boyens as co-producer and Ken Kamins as executive producer.

The Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed LOTR trilogy grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office. In 2003, “Return of the King” swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture - the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogy’s production was also unprecedented at the time.

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What’s interesting to note here, and well reported by Russ in this story, is that every story about The Hobbit has a different spin on it, leading one to the realization that this is all still lucid. We have yet to hear anything official from “officially confirmed” director Peter Jackson and while the reports say that MGM would co-finance the film with Warner Brothers, MGM doesn’t really have a home, or money, at this moment.

So, really, despite rumors that the films could cost $500 million, will be shot in 3D and all that good stuff, we are just keeping you updated on the latest rumors. I have a feeling when this is all said and done, while The Hobbit will get made, the behind the scenes struggles to get it made are going to be even more interesting that Bilbo’s journey in the film. And it’ll, potentially, make a fantastic extra on the Blu-ray.

Back to Martin Freeman as Bilbo, though. If you’ve seen his work in other productions - personally, I’m most familiar with him as Tim from The Office - he’s an instantly lovable character with a subtle inner strength. That sounds like Bilbo to me. So, if it all works out, I think the casting is perfect. In regards to Nesbitt, Fassbender and Tennant, all are huge stars in their own right and would make great additions to the cast that already includes Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis reprising their roles as Gandalf and Gollum.

Do you agree with me about Freeman? What about this insanity that has been The Hobbit’s path to the big screen?
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Martin Freeman, Michael Fassbender, David Tennant, and James Nesbit in Talks for THE HOBBIT; Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis Expected to Return
by Brendan Bettinger Posted:October 16th, 2010 at 11:59 am

Production on The Hobbit yesterday took its most decisive step forward in ages: Peter Jackson finalizing his deal to direct both parts (in 3D, natch), with filming slated for February. Of course, they’ll an actor or two to throw in front of the camera, so casting is starting to heat up. Martin Freeman (The Office) recently spoke about his status as the frontrunner to play Bilbo Baggins (schedule pending), stating “If something could be worked out, that would be great.” With the film going forward in a more official capacity, Deadline confirms that Freeman in the lead is a pretty good bet.

David Tennant (Doctor Who) was once rumored as a Bilbo candidate, but is now talking to the studio about a different role. Likewise, an offer is out to James Nesbit (Match Point) — Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) is also on the producers’ wishlist. Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum, respectively. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.

A synopsis for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit:

Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, is a peaceful sort of cozy hole in the Shire, a place where adventures are uncommon and rather unwanted. So when the wizard Gandalf whisks him away on a treasure hunting expedition with a troop of rowdy dwarves, he’s not entirely thrilled. Encountering ruthless trolls, beastly orcs, gigantic spiders, and hungry wolves, Bilbo discovers within himself astonishing strength and courage. And at the ultimate confrontation with the fearsome dragon Smaug, the hobbit will brave the dangers of dark and dragon fire alone and unaided. [Amazon]

This is the one book related to the Lord of the Rings series I have actually read (thanks, high school curriculum!), but it was long enough ago that I couldn’t competently match these actors to the characters. How would you cast Nesbit, Fassbender, and Tennant?

We seem like we’re finally on the verge of The Hobbit movies becoming a reality, but it’s been a long and troubled saga getting here. Click here for all of our coverage on The Hobbit’s development.
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Hobbit Casting Rumor Season Is a Go!
Martin Freeman appears to be set as Bilbo, which gets a big thumb's up from me. And I didn't even like the movie version of Hitchhiker's.

The other names also floating around as potential cast members, though, are a bit more interesting. In order of geeky magnitude:

- David Tennant (everyone but me's favorite new-school Dr Who). The only part he would make sense for, to me, is that of Elvenking Thrunduil, ruler of the wood elves of Mirkwood -- and Legolas' dad.

- Michael Fassbender (the British spy from Inglorious Basterds). I can see him best as Bard, but Beorn could also be a possibility...

- ...except that Jekyll star Jimmy Nesbitt is also on the list, and if he isn't born to play a werebear I dunno who is. I guess you could shrink him down to dwarf size too, but that seems a waste.
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Freeman Close To Playing Bilbo. Fassbender And Tennant Offered Roles In THE HOBBIT
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It’s weekend and I seriously want to take a long nap since I didn’t get enough sleep this past week, but I will post some movie reviews later on, I thank you for your patience. Before you go out and have your own weekend guilty pleasures, allow me to share you this. As you know, yesterday, both The Wrap and LA Times inform the whole world that THE HOBBIT films have been greenlit, Peter Jackson‘s directing deal has been finalized and production for the first part will start in February. Today Deadline got some more juicy info for ya Middle earth dwellers.. ya know how Martin Freeman has been rumored to play Bilbo Baggins for quite some time now.. well, it seems like Freeman as Baggins is now a safe bet. Actor James Nesbitt has also been offered a role, but it didn’t say reveal which role it is. The other actors also being pursued for the project are Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) and David Tennant (Doctor Who). Meanwhile, both Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis will definitely return as Gandalf and Gollum respectively. By the way, via comingsoon.net, the official announcement about THE HOBBIT being greenlit has been released..

The two films based on “The Hobbit” are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

“Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience” Jackson says, “It’s an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty and drama. We’re looking forward to re-entering this wondrous world with Gandalf and Bilbo – and our friends at New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers and MGM”.

“Peter is a filmmaker of incomparable ability; having him return to Middle-earth to produce and direct is a dream come true. A true original, Peter is a gifted story-teller, visionary director and pioneer in film technology,” said Emmerich. “Reuniting with Peter, Fran and Philippa truly makes it feel like we are going ‘there and back again.’”

“There is no human being on the planet as qualified as Peter Jackson to direct these films,” said Horn. “Peter is incredibly talented and has the creative vision and experience to bring this beloved property to life in a way that no other filmmaker could. And the team of Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens has proven through their work on the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy that no one is more skilled at transforming Tolkien’s written words into a vibrant, living language that makes the audience believe they are not merely visiting Middle-earth, but actually living in it. We couldn’t be more thrilled and look forward to seeing ‘The Hobbit’ take shape under Peter’s stewardship and the team he is putting together.”

“MGM is excited to move forward and add to the successful ‘Lord of the Rings’ franchise,” said Cooper. “Under Peter’s direction, the films will undoubtedly appeal to fans of the original ‘LOTR’ trilogy and also bring the stories to a new generation of fans.”

Jackson, who directed all three “Lord of the Rings” films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of “The Hobbit” in two parts. Jackson will utilize groundbreaking visual effects and his incomparable story-telling to bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel to the big screen. Both Hobbit movies will be filmed in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology to create a high quality, comfortable viewing experience. Jackson also co-wrote the screenplays with Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.

“The Hobbit” is being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production, Warner Bros Pictures handling domestic distribution and MGM distributing internationally. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films, with Phillipa Boyens as co-producer and Ken Kamins as executive producer.

The Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed LOTR trilogy grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office. In 2003, “Return of the King” swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture – the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogy’s production was also unprecedented at the time.
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Post by Admin on Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:49 pm

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Martin Freeman set to play Bilbo Baggins in THE HOBBIT; Michael Fassbender, James Nesbitt, and David Tennant also being considered for roles
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by: Will Schiffelbein
October 16th, 2010

It’s funny to think that a mere two weeks ago, the likelihood of seeing THE HOBBIT on the big screen was quickly diminishing. MGM was still facing financial troubles, we weren’t sure whether or not Peter Jackson would return to direct, and cynicism was building. Well, as of this past week THE HOBBIT has gotten its green light. Thus, the film has seen some quick movement due to its February production date.

I’m pretty stoked to see THE HOBBIT gaining such steam after its very recent green light. It’s pretty astonishing that they’ve already lined up their all-too critical protagonist; what’s more awesome is that they’re considering some other great names for the other roles. Hit the jump for the full list of names!

Well, the highly coveted role of Bilbo in THE HOBBIT has been snagged by British TV star Martin Freeman, whose work in The Office and Sherlock had previously kept him from committing to the role. However, it looks like those time constraints have all but evaporated and Freeman is ready for some hairy-footed fun.

However, it’s when names like Michael Fassbender (FISH TANK and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) pop up that my anticipation reaches new heights. His name, along with David Tennant (Dr. Who) and James Nesbitt (OUTCAST and THE WAY) are being tossed around for roles in the two-part epic. I’m only left to wonder what characters these three could possibly play, considering Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are supposedly returning to their roles of Gandalf and Gollum. It’s been about a decade since I’ve read the book, but could they use some fancy computer movie-magic to make these three men into dwarfs? Or could these three be the giants Bilbo and his team run into along their journey? Or perhaps elves?

Rather than speculate too much, I’ll just say that these are some awesome names to see attached to THE HOBBIT – even if it is only speculation.

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17 October 2010
Hobbit Casting Buzz Builds Up Again
Freeman/Tennant/Nesbitt still rumoured

Yes, yes, we know casting rumours around The Hobbit have been circling ever since the film was announced. Before, in fact. But now that Peter Jackson finally has the go-ahead to properly make the two films, the hornet’s nest of casting buzz has built into a furious roar, with names ranging from ones we’ve heard before (Martin Freeman, David Tennant) to more surprising choices (James Nesbitt, Michael Fassbender) bandied about.

Deadline is reporting that Freeman might finally be able to put the “will-he-won’t-he” stories behind him and win the crucial central role of Bilbo Baggins. It has yet to be officially announced, but given that language such as “he’s set to take the role” is being used, we wouldn’t expect to wait long before we find out they’ve made it work between the movie’s schedule and his commitment to the Beeb’s Sherlock and he’ll be being fitted for hairy feet make-up before he knows it.

Also looking likely is James Nesbitt, who, according to Pajiba’s Twitter feed, has already being offered a role – that of Bofur, one of the three dwarfs who accompany Bilbo on his quest.

Back in the realms of the rumour-mongers, David Tennant, who has been linked with the Bilbo role before, is apparently being considered for an unnamed part, a move that would give a massive boost to his career, post-Dcotor Who. And Fassbender’s name falls into the same category – he’s apparently on Jackson’s list to consider for a job. Given his performances in the likes of Hunger, Fish Tank and Inglourious Basterds, he’d surely be an asset.

And though the press release about the films’ greenlight didn’t including casting info, Ian McKellen has been on standby for months (there really is no one else for Gandalf) and Andy Serkis would almost certainly be summoned back for Gollum and any other performance capture work that needs doing.

Finally, is it too much to ask that Ron Perlman still voice Smaug? Go on, PJ… You know you want to.
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'Hobbit' casting rumors kick into high gear with Martin Freeman, Michael Fassbender and more

Published on Sunday, Oct 17, 2010 5:10 PM Drew McWeeny

'Hobbit' casting rumors kick into high gear with Martin Freeman, Michael Fassbender and more

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Now's when things start getting interesting.

Until this point, any and all conversation about casting for "The Hobbit" has been little more than a game of hypotheticals for fans. Now, with the announcement having been made officially that Peter Jackson will direct both films in 3D, casting is underway for the film's February start date.

Obviously the biggest question regarding "The Hobbit" has to be "Who will play Bilbo Baggins?" In my article about the greenlight being given, I stated my preference, one I've been saying in public for a few years now. Imagine my joy at the idea that Martin Freeman, best known as Tim from the original "Office," might actually turn out to be the man they hire for the job. Most recently, he played Watson in the exceptional new BBC series, "Sherlock," and it's a reminder of just what a great combination of open curiosity and wry wit he's capable of given the right material. He's an exceptional choice for the role, and if it's true he's first on the list, I think Jackson and company may have hit a home run.

There are obviously going to have to be returning cast members like Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis, but for the most part, "The Hobbit" offers dozens of new roles, great roles, and it's going to give Jackson a lot of room to put together amazing actors from around the world to help bring this new corner of Middle-earth to life. Right now, we're starting to hear names like David "Dr. Who" Tennant and Jimmy Nesbitt being mentioned, although without any particular character name attached. I'm pleased to see Michael Fassbender also in contention for a role in the film, and if all of these guys end up in one film together, it's going to be an embarrassingly good cast.

Some of these roles will turn out to be voice-only, like whoever ends up signing on as the voice of Smaug, for example, but for the most part, we're going to see some familiar places playing some great roles, and since we're just a few months away from the start of production, we'll start seeing these names pinned down in the days and weeks ahead. Keep checking back here at HitFix for more on "The Hobbit" as the film takes shape.

"The Hobbit" will reach theaters in two parts, one in December 2012, and one in December 2013.
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Two Magnetos to Star in "The Hobbit"
Posted: October 17th, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff

With the recent announcement that "The Hobbit" prequels have been greenlit, director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) is now putting together a cast before filming begins in February.

Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are expected to return as Gandalf and Gollum, Martin Freeman (Hot Fuzz) will soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins, and Jimmy Nesbitt, Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) and David Tennant ("Doctor Who") are being pursued for other roles.

For those wondering about the title of this article, McKellan played Magneto in the "X-Men" trilogy and Fassbender is currently starring as young Magneto in "X-Men: First Class."
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More Hobbit casting news- two Doctors and double Magnetos?

* By: Ryan Fleming •
* October 18, 2010

Now that The Hobbit has been greenlit, the casting rumors have begun. Among the rumored are Michael Fassbender, James Nesbitt and David Tennant.

It was only last week that The Hobbit finally received the greenlight to begin filming, but that the people behind the film doesn’t mean people have been idle. After months of planning, Peter Jackson and company have begun the difficult job of casting the movie that will be released as two parts. So while the news coming out of Deadline must still be considered as rumors, let the speculation begin!

According to the report, James Nesbitt, Michael Fassbender and David Tennant are all up for roles in the film. Rejoining the discussion are several names that have been attached to the project through the difficult months in limbo, including Martin Freeman who is still in consideration to play Bilbo, Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who) who has long been rumored to play Radagast the Brown and Andy Serkis who is expected to return as Gollum.

Freeman’s role has been one of the biggest focal points of the rumor mill lately. Reports had him officially being offered the role of Bilbo, but Freeman turned it down in order to fulfill his obligations to the BBC in order to co-star in the second season of Sherlock as Dr. John Watson. Then studio then went back to Freeman and agreed to change the filming schedule to accommodate the actor. Although Freeman has not officially been cast, several sources claim it is simply a matter of agreeing to terms.

Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday, Jekyll) has allegedly been officially offered a role, but who he will play is still a matter of speculation. Early rumors have him cast as Bofur, one of the dwarves that accompany Bilbo and Gandalf on their quest that leads them to the dragon Smaug.

Fassbender’s role is still a matter of pure conjecture, but it is interesting to note that if Fassbender does appear in The Hobbit, and assuming Sir Ian McKellan returns as is expected, The Hobbit would feature both modern day Magnetos.


What role Tennant will play is also unknown, but to add to the mounting geek cred, the movie could also feature two Doctor Whos in Tennant and McCoy. Tennant was originally mentioned as the lead in role of Bilbo, but with Freeman the clear frontrunner for that, it is anyone’s guess who Tennant might play.

Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving are also expected to return as Galadriel and Elrond respectively. As for everyone else, feel free to speculate below. Who do you think each actor should be?
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Post by Admin on Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:46 am

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The forthcoming adaptation(s) of the Hobbit have been blinded by trouble since the get go. Firstly there were strong debates between Jackson and New Line (who then held the rights to the Hobbit) about money and how Jackson under contract did not get the amount owed for directing Lord of the Rings. Once solved more issues came about like the merging of New Line and the stability of other investor MGM.

Things did look more promising when Guillermo del Toro joined the production to co-write and take the directing chair, it was a very good choice to fill the shoes of Jackson despite having a different and almost auteur visual style, his expansion of Middle Earth would have at least been an intriguing one to see. However earlier in the year mired by financial difficulties and no start date confirmed, del Toro left the project and suspended the future of the Hobbit in limbo.

Now it appears we have some very exciting news, that it has finally got the greenlight with a filming start date of February 2011. With Peter Jackson directing from a script co-written by his usual partners and del Toro. The set and creature designs are apparently all there and waiting to go, including the crucial character of Smaug the dragon, which according to del Toro the geniuses at WETA spent over a year designing.

There has also been with this news, developments in the area of casting. Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are set to reprise their roles from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. With the character of Bilbo Baggins, British actor Martin Freeman, best known to US audiences for his role in the UK version of the Office and cinematic adaptation of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, has been hotly tipped to take the role, despite initially saying his schedule was too busy to claim the role. Other actors including the formidable Michael Fassbender, David Tennant and James Nesbitt have been linked with other, so far unnamed, roles within the film.

All the news has come all at once which shows Jackson is adamant to get things well underway and have everything in place quickly for them to really go forward in February. The Hobbit will be a two part film Part One to be released around December of 2012.
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'The Hobbit' Casting Rumors Target Martin Freeman, Jimmy Nesbitt, Michael Fassbender, David Tennant

Posted 12 hrs ago by Josh Wigler

With Peter Jackson finally locked and loaded to direct "The Hobbit" in February 2011, attention is now turning towards the next major step in the filmmaking process: casting.

Deadline reports that casting buzz on "The Hobbit" is building to a fever pitch; veterans Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum respectively, with Martin Freeman, Jimmy Nesbitt, David Tennant and Michael Fassbender all rumored as newcomers to the franchise.

In some of those cases, we have a good sense of who these actors are playing. In others, all we can do is guess. Check out the full rundown on the film's latest casting rumors for yourself after the jump!

Martin Freeman
For the past several months, Freeman -- best known for playing the "Jim" role on the U.K. version of "The Office" and faithful sidekick Watson on the current BBC series "Sherlock" -- has been considered all but locked for Bilbo Baggins, the mild-mannered Hobbit turned bravest adventurer at the heart of the story. Deadline says that Freeman's casting is imminent; supporters of the actor can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Jimmy Nebsitt
The acclaimed British actor ("Millions," "Bloody Sunday") has reportedly "been offered a role" already, but which one? According to Pajiba, Nesbitt will play Bofur, one of the many dwarves that accompany Gandalf and Bilbo on their quest. Bofur is the brother of Bombur and cousin of Bifur. It's still early days, but consider Bofur the frontrunner for Nesbit right now.

Michael Fassbender
With villainous turns in "Jonah Hex" and "X-Men: First Class" (he plays a young Magneto in the latter) clogging up his resume of late, Fassbender could stand a return to more heroic roles, like the ones he played in "300" and "Inglorious Basterds." Perhaps he's been tapped to play Bard the Bowman, the Lake-town archer who successfully slays Smaug towards the conclusion of "The Hobbit." With his size and stature, it's hard to imagine Fassbender playing anything but a human role; with that in mind, Bard could be quite perfect.

David Tennant
The biggest mystery here is Tennant, the former "Doctor Who" actor next seen in the remake of "Fright Night." Tennant was once rumored for Bilbo Baggins, but with the part likely going to Freeman, it's anybody's guess as to who the "Who" star could play instead. Maybe he's a dwarf? Perhaps he's an elf? No matter who or what he is, the very involvement of Tennant is certainly exciting for Middle-Earth and "Who" enthusiasts alike.

Tell us who you think these actors will play in "The Hobbit" in the comments section and on Twitter!
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‘The Hobbit’ Films get Official Greenlight, with more Casting Rumours
Posted on October 18, 2010 by admin

Well, after plenty of conjecture, rumours, and deduction, this news will probably be no major surprise. But The Hobbit films have officially been greenlit by Warner Brothers, after months of delays due to MGM’s financial difficulties that affected directors’ schedules etc. Filming is expected to begin in February 2011.

As mentioned in an article several weeks ago, Peter Jackson has confirmed that he is directing, and not Neil Blomkamp. I imagine there will be no major debates amongst the fanboy community regarding this, considering the critical and commerical success of his Lord of the Rings trilogy adaptation.

We also reported that Martin Freeman (best known as lovable dork Tim in the UK version of The Office) is being considered as a young Bilbo Baggins. Deadline is still saying Freeman is a strong possibility. But other casting news has emerged. Apparently, Jimmy Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday, Match Point), David Tennant (the most liked Dr Who, apparently), and the great Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank, Hunger, and as Magneto in the upcoming X-Men: First Class). Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis (who voiced Gollum) are hoped to reprise their roles.

The other good news is that release dates have been announced, with the first Hobbit film coming out in December 2012 and the second part the following year. Let’s hope nothing else goes wrong.

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The Hobbit:

I feel like the updates for this project are the film industry equivalent of Zeno's paradox, in which we keep getting a little closer to this thing being officially green-lit, but it's still somehow infinitely far away. Anyway, New Line and MGM have supposedly sorted out the financing aspects, Peter Jackson's contract is ready, and the film is set for a February 2011 start date...but there's still the whole problem with the New Zealand unions, which may cause production to decamp to Eastern Europe. So, keep waiting, I guess. [SFGate; thanks to Brandon Watson for the tip!]

Still, with the official announcement seemingly close at hand, there are a ton of rumors flying about as to who will be joining the cast. Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are reportedly expected to return as Gandalf and Gollum, and Martin Freeman is reportedly very close to playing Bilbo Baggins. Then there are a trio of pretty awesome names who are being sought for still unspecified roles: James Nesbitt (Dr. Jekyll in Steven Moffat's recent BBC adaptation), Michael Fassbender (the new Magneto, meaning this movie would star both incarnations of the mutant), and Tenth Doctor David Tennant. Combine that with Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy's statements that he's close to taking on a role as well, and The Hobbit might just be the awesomest multi-Doctor story ever. (While we're at it, I'll just throw it out there: please cast Tom Baker as Beorn. Hmm...maybe not.) [Deadine]
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Hobbit Casting Buzz Builds Up Again
Freeman/Tennant/Nesbitt still rumoured
Source: Deadline

Yes, yes, we know casting rumours around The Hobbit have been circling ever since the film was announced. Before, in fact. But now that Peter Jackson finally has the go-ahead to properly make the two films, the hornet’s nest of casting buzz has built into a furious roar, with names ranging from ones we’ve heard before (Martin Freeman, David Tennant) to more surprising choices (James Nesbitt, Michael Fassbender) bandied about.

Deadline is reporting that Freeman might finally be able to put the “will-he-won’t-he” stories behind him and win the crucial central role of Bilbo Baggins. It has yet to be officially announced, but given that language such as “he’s set to take the role” is being used, we wouldn’t expect to wait long before we find out they’ve made it work between the movie’s schedule and his commitment to the Beeb’s Sherlock and he’ll be being fitted for hairy feet make-up before he knows it.

Also looking likely is James Nesbitt, who, according to Pajiba’s Twitter feed, has already being offered a role – that of Bofur, one of the three dwarfs who accompany Bilbo on his quest.

Back in the realms of the rumour-mongers, David Tennant, who has been linked with the Bilbo role before, is apparently being considered for an unnamed part, a move that would give a massive boost to his career, post-Doctor Who. And Fassbender’s name falls into the same category – he’s apparently on Jackson’s list to consider for a job. Given his performances in the likes of Hunger, Fish Tank and Inglourious Basterds, he’d surely be an asset.

And though the press release about the films’ greenlight didn’t including casting info, Ian McKellen has been on standby for months (there really is no one else for Gandalf) and Andy Serkis would almost certainly be summoned back for Gollum and any other performance capture work that needs doing.

Finally, is it too much to ask that Ron Perlman still voice Smaug? Go on, PJ… You know you want to.
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At some point during Peter Jackson’s mind-numbingly protracted finale for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, it became apparent to all watching that the trilogy was bound – in some fashion – to persist beyond the New Zealand-based films brought to the screen between 2001 and 2003. The trilogy had accumulated too much momentum, delighting too many fans and raking in too many box office dollars.

That it might have taken seven years – The Hobbit is scheduled to enter filming in February – for the inevitable prequel to finally launch is surprising, given widespread anticipation for the project. Guillermo del Toro – he of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy fame – was set to direct but has since handed the reigns back to Jackson. The film, as envisaged by del Toro, would have been an interesting prospect – he’s spoken about his desire to present the two part project as a decline from the innocent to the dark devastation presented in the opening movement of Jackson’s Fellowship.

Given the darkness inherent to Pan’s Labyrinth, that’s an interpretation that I’d have liked to see – Jackson’s filmed relied a little to heavily on the visual, pitching the tone too airily in certain instances. A more brooding tone might have been interesting, but there’s no-one but Jackson likely to been handed responsibility for a film based on Tolkien, such is their now synonymous nature.

Also likely to reprise their roles, the majority of the Return cast would be a difficult ensemble to replace. McKellan has apparently been on standby for months, with Hugo Weaving and Andy Serkis likely to make a similar return.

Recent news that Martin Freeman might take over from Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins is welcome, too, given his performance in Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the television version of Sherlock Holmes. That a post-Who David Tennant, James Nesbitt and Basterd Michael Fassbender are also hotly rumoured lends some anticipation to a film that will certainly rely heavily on the weight of its ensemble cast.
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