Hobbit News

Hobbit News

As previously reported the two films based on the book ‘The Hobbit’ set in Middle Earth prior to the Lord of the Rings trilogy have begun principal photography in New Zealand under the direction of Peter Jackson after long delays due to a variety of issues. There has been ample casting news so far as the films moved into production, the latest of which comes directly from Peter Jackson’s facebook page.

Martin Freeman was cast in the central role of Bilbo Baggins for the two films, he appeared in the 2010 film ‘Wild Target’ which also starred Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy. It seems however there will be two actors playing Bilbo in the films, with Ian Holm who played Bilbo in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy set to make a return as an older version of Bilbo.

Peter Jackson posted the following information via his facebook page;

One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman’s voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J

Ian Holm is another actor in an ever growing list of ‘Lord of the Rings’ cast members who will be returning for the new films including Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, and Orlando Bloom. It seems that continuity for the series is well in hand, we’ll bring you more news as it’s announced.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.