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Yes he is, but he's also 87, and has said he is unwilling to make the long trip to New Zealand. He has offered to provide the voice for the dragon Smaug.
A good replacement for Sir Christopher would be Frank Langella (who, coincidentally, also played Count Dracula at one point in his career).
With Peter Jackson promoting his new movie The Lovely Bones around the world, we’re getting a lot of updates on the project every Lord of the Rings fans is dying to see: The Hobbit. While filming was scheduled to begin early next year on the two films, Jackson told the German website MovieReporter.net (via TheOneRing)
“We’re currently working on the second script which we hope to have completed by the end of this year or beginning of next. When the scripts are completed, we can begin with the exact calculation of the necessary budget. We hope to start filming in the middle of next year. However, we’ve received no green light from the studio yet.”
Now before you get too excited and think Warner Bros. isn’t going to make these films, think again. The Lord of the Rings franchise made the studio an enormous amount of money and nothing is going to stop this project from moving forward. What is probably happening is the studio wants to see both completed scripts and also a total budget before giving the official go ahead. No word if a delay in filming will cause the original December 2011 and 2012 release dates to get moved.
whoa Frank Langella would be a GREAT choice as Saruman...
I'd like to see THEE Christopher Lee reprise his role.
Also, puede si Anthony Hopkins as one of the dwarves.
Tom Cruise as Bilbo.
Check out who Peter Jackson says could return from the Lord of the Rings trilogy below.
“Gandalf, being a 2,000-year-old wizard, is still around and plays a major role in The Hobbit, and we’re having Ian McKellen reprise… There’s a couple of other characters: Elrond, who was played by Hugo Weaving [in the original films], and there’s a possibility of Galadriel, who was played by Cate Blanchett.”
“They are elves, so once again, in the realm of Middle-earth, they’re immortal, they don’t age… We have a process that would start with showing them the script. We’re not [beginning] any official process until we have the ‘official’ script that they can read.”
The Hobbit: Part 1 is scheduled for a December, 2011 release.
I don't think Daniel Radcliffe wants to portray another fantasy character again.
I'm thinking of Michael Sheen. He's a great actor and looks like a hobbit.lol But he's probably too old for the role of young Bilbo.
"kasi medyo maliit si daniel eh.. hehe... james mcavoy for me..."
Err.. kailan ba nagkaroon ng height minimum to play a HOBBIT?
2011, naku one month after Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows p2! lol
wow can't wait to watch this movie. i think james mcavoy is a shoo-in for the role.
kaya lang mejo disappointing kasi hindi si peter jackson ang director. i hope the new director will do justice for this movie.
still, as a lotr fan, i will watch the movie/s
Andy Serkis has also been mentioned as a likely returnee.Check out who Peter Jackson says could return from the Lord of the Rings trilogy below.
Production starts this June, and is expected to last 14 months (!)
- As we all know, 2 movies sya.. one for Dec. 2011, and the next, the year after.
- McAvoy is said to have clinched the Bilbo part... but not so fast! Peter Jackson denied this.. casting is yet to commence (of course, sure na ang pinaka importante: si Sir Ian!.. at expected bumalik sina Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, at siempre si Andy Serkis-- yay!! )
- Spidey Tobey Maguire also denied he's in talks for Bilbo-- but expressed avid willingness to have the part.. (inakala daw nya kay James na ang role). Tobey? whatsayyou?
- Production is set to start in Kiwiland in June, lasting for 14 months.. though official greenlight has not yet been given..
- hahaha bilog nga ang mundo.. dahil disappointment ang Lovely Bones ni PJ, may nagsasabi na swerte na lang di na sya direk ng The Hobbit. I say BOO to this!
There is this interesting casting call for certain characters. Interesting!.. I love that there will be an Istari character aside from Gandalf and Saruman!
So, what are you waiting for?? Mag-praktis na sa harap ng salamin at mag-audition na!
First Hobbit Movie To Possibly Appear In 2012
For 2011, New Line will likely include more horror films in the mix, with "Friday the 13th," "Orphanage" and "The Rite." It's also got two comedies -- "Horrible Bosses" and "Valentine's Day" spinoff "New Year's Eve" -- along with a "Journey to the Center of the Earth" sequel and a musical, "Rock of Ages."
And then there's "The Hobbit." Emmerich's on familiar turf when it comes to the two-pic project thanks to his extensive involvement with the "Rings" trilogy and the presence of producer-director-screenwriter Peter Jackson on all five films.
Emmerich was promoted to head of production at the point in 2001 when the first cut of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the King" was prepped for post-production, and he oversaw the pic's reshoots.
"It's similar, though this is more expensive and much more of a known entity," says Emmerich of the "LOTR" ramp-up vs. the advance work being done on "The Hobbit."
JRR Tolkien's novel is set 60 years before "The Lord of the Rings," with Bilbo Baggins as its unassuming hero in an adventure that centers on his acquiring from the evil Gollum the all-powerful ring that figures into "LOTR." A few "Rings" cast members, such as Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen, will make return appearances in "The Hobbit."
New Line's "LOTR" financing scheme, in which foreign presales provided much of the budget for the trilogy, is not how "Hobbit" is being bankrolled. Instead, New Line shares financing rights with MGM/UA, which bought the original rights in 1969; the complication this time around is that the Lion could conceivably sell those rights as part of MGM's restructuring.
Once the script for the second film is in -- Jackson and his longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are working on it with Del Toro -- New Line will work up a budget for both films and start casting. New Line exec Michael Disco, who was once Emmerich's assistant, will oversee for the studio.
Horn won't predict when the first of the two "Hobbit" films will be out, but says the most probable scenario would be a release in the fourth quarter of 2012.
“THE HOBBIT’s, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in July. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.
The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons’ and the studio in Miramar.”
- Ian McKellen, who played the role of Gandalf