It's taken longer than we had hoped, but the end result is still the same: Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis have officially signed on to reprise their Lord of the Rings roles for Peter Jackson's two-part Hobbit prequel.
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It does seem possible - however not probable - that these characters may not all be cast in their original roles from The Lord of the Rings, or that their appearances may be simple cameos. If done subtly, I do not think that a quick appearance from these characters is as far-fetched as we might think at first
THE HOBBIT: No Frodo. Saruman was only mentioned. No Aragorn. No Galadriel. No King Kong.
lol @wolfysh - nice
That is Sir Ian McKellen. At any rate, I don't recall too much of Christopher Lee's character in the book (though, it has been a while since I have seen it). I trust Peter Jackson though--his love for the books is endearing.
Bring back Viggo! If you bring back Orlando Bloom you gotta bring back Viggo! I am so excited about these movies.
i am glad to see ian mckellan and andy serkis reprise their roles and i hope peter jackson does a good movie as big as the lord of the rings triology. though i grew tired of the 3 hour plus movies i enjoyed the franchise and put it up there with classics like gone with the wind and casablanca. though i am not hoping on the bandwagon at this point in time i look forward to seeing how peter jackson and his crew make the story fun and fantastic. welcome back ian mckellan and andy serkis the movies would not be the same withour both of you including christopher lee and rest of cast making cameos
I've had the feeling since this project has gone into pre-production (forever?) that this will tank, somehow. I'm not sure if people have interest in side stories such as this one; it's like making an Ewok movie from the Star Wars universe ... My opinion.
SIde stories? This was the ORIGINAL story that inspired "The Lord of the Rings", and a terrific (and long) story all by itself! Whether or not they do justice to this book is another matter (I, too, am a little nervous when they talk about featuring Frodo and other characters that weren't in "The Hobbit" in, presumably, the second half of the movies - the other characters, presumably, are practically immortal, so why not?). Am far more interested to hear whether or not Hugo Weaving will reprise his role as Elrond (as he does feature prominently in the book, and Weaving is awesome).
With the same logic, Marvel could make movies about Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, Beast, etc. concerning all the X-Men characters. Will that enlarge our knowlegde about 'em? Sure, it will. Is it a smart move, financially wise? Not so sure though. (Wolverine was a hit, being the favorite character) ... I'm just saying, the LotR fans will acclaim both Hobbit movies, as the trilogy was very well recieved; but I will skip those for sure, and I'm pretty certain they won't be box office hits as the three movies.
Leey- I think you are missing the point. The Hobbit is the original story and Lord of the rings was the spin-off. As for Marvel I'm sure they are trying to make more spin-off movies. I'm sure you could expand on storms powers...and who wouldn't want to see Haley Berry in another tight outfit.
Amen, brother (or sister)!
As Wraitoflight mentioned, I'm sure all the titles you mentioned and more are already in the works at Marvel, for good or ill. Any of those ideas COULD be great(or terrible!) I would have been fine with a Wolverine movie, if it had actually been good (nobody seems to agree with me, but "Wolverine's" greatest (only?) asset, for me, was the nonstop unintentional humor). It all depends on whether they do a good job or not. I didn't expect "Toy Story 2" to be so awesome, but, then again, the same people that did the first one were involved, and luckily it was great. If "The Hobbit" movies get good word-of-mouth, why shouldn't they be embraced by the public at large? Why have you already decided to write it off? The original book is terrific!
I would have never guessed that the Lord of the Rings movies would have been as big as they turned out to be. Perhaps 'The Hobbit' will fare at least somewhat as well as the others did.
are you trying to say that the Ewok movies weren't a double dose of awesome?
I can't wait to see this movie (The Hobbit) the book is wonderful and I am thrilled that some of the cast from the Lord of the Rings are returning! IT will be nice to see some old friends again from the original movies. Can't wait!!
How can Elijah Wood reprise his role in a story that doesn't contain Frodo? Guess when your adding other characters to a story that originally doesn't have them it makes little difference; Legolas, Galadriel, Saruman. Looks like we're in for another Tolkien chop-suey. I'll stick to the books, thank you.
Awesome cast. For the Hobbit side. as far as Saruman, Legolass, etc showing up kinda worries me on one front, first of all, there doesn't need to be any ad lib writing in this, the book is long enough, stop adding your own spin on stuff hollywood it ruins the movies. If done correctly I think this movie will do very well. Don't drop the ball.
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