January 14th, 2012, by Rob

Movie2k Movies – The Hobbit Synopsis

The Hobbit - Movie2k Movie PosterThe Hobbit is an upcoming two-part epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson. It is a film adaptation of the 1937 novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien and a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings, returns as director of The Hobbit and also serves as producer and co-writer.

The Hobbit will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom.

As with the trilogy, props will generally be crafted by Weta Workshop and visual effects managed by Weta Digital. Additionally, composer Howard Shore, who wrote the score for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, has confirmed his role in both parts of The Hobbit project.

The two parts, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, are being filmed back to back and are in production in New Zealand; principal photography began on 21 March 2011.They are scheduled to be released on 14 December 2012 and 13 December 2013, respectively.


Movie2k Movies – The Hobbit Plot

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild.

Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.


Movie2k Movies – The Hobbit Cast

  • Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit and the protagonist of The Hobbit. Freeman had long been rumoured as being under consideration for the role of Bilbo, although other actors such as James McAvoy, Tobey Maguire and David Tennant had also been suggested.
  • Ian Holm as old Bilbo Baggins: During the early stages of pre-production, former director Guillermo del Toro indicated that he was interested in having Holm reprise the role of Bilbo, but acknowledged that he might be too old to take on such a physically demanding role.
  •  Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey: A wizard who recruits Bilbo and helps to arrange the quest to reclaim the Dwarves’ lost treasure in Erebor. He was also portrayed by McKellen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
  •  Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield: The leader of the Company of Dwarves who have set out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon.
  •  Graham McTavish as Dwalin: One of the Company of Dwarves that accompanies Bilbo and Thorin on the Quest of Erebor.
  •  Ken Stott as Balin: A member of the Company of Dwarves and the brother of Dwalin. He is described in the novel as “always their look-out man.”
  •  Aidan Turner as Kíli: One of Thorin’s nephews who sets out on the Quest of Erebor. On his casting, Jackson stated, “Aidan is a wonderfully gifted young actor who hails from Ireland. I’m sure he will bring enormous heart and humor to the role of Kili.”
  •  Dean O’Gorman as Fíli: English actor Rob Kazinsky had originally been cast as Kili’s brother Fili, but left The Hobbit on 24 April 2011 “for personal reasons”. Jackson said that he would have time to cast a replacement due to focusing on filming scenes with Bilbo without dwarves. On 30 April 2011, Jackson announced via Facebook that O’Gorman had been hired as Kazinsky’s replacement.
  •  Mark Hadlow as Dori: A member of the Company of Dwarves. He is described in the novel as “a decent fellow, despite his grumbling,” while Thorin described him as being the strongest member of the Company. Hadlow is a long-time collaborator of Jackson’s, having previously worked with him on films such as Meet the Feebles and King Kong.
  •  Jed Brophy as Nori: A member of the Company of Dwarves and brother of Dori and Ori. Brophy has collaborated with Jackson on several films, including Braindead, Heavenly Creatures and all three Lord of the Rings films as various creatures.
  •  Adam Brown as Ori: A member of the Company of Dwarves. The role will mark Brown’s first film appearance.
  •  John Callen as Óin: A member of the Company of Dwarves and brother of Glóin.
  •  Peter Hambleton as Glóin: A member of the Company of Dwarves and brother of Óin. He is also the father of Gimli, who was portrayed in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy by actor John Rhys-Davies.
  •  William Kircher as Bifur: One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor and the cousin of Bofur and Bombur.
  •  James Nesbitt as Bofur: One of the Company of Dwarves and the cousin of Bifur and brother of Bombur, he is described as “a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf.”
  •  Stephen Hunter as Bombur: Described in the novel as being fat and clumsy, he is the brother of Bofur and the cousin of Bifur. On being cast in the role, Hunter said, “Being cast in The Hobbit is really exciting and really an honor. I auditioned for the original Lord of the Rings way back when I signed with my agent in New Zealand. When I saw the films I thought, ‘Man, I so want to do The Hobbit.'”
  •  Christopher Lee as Saruman the White: Head of Gandalf’s Order of Wizards and the White Council. Lee had originally said he would have liked to have shown how Saruman is first corrupted by Sauron, but would not be comfortable flying to New Zealand at his age. Lee went on to say that if a film were made, he would love to voice Smaug, as it would mean he could record his part in England and not have to travel. On 10 January 2011, it was reported that Lee had entered into negotiations to reprise the role of Saruman. On 11 January 2011, Lee announced on his website that he would be reprising the role.
  •  Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins: A hobbit and favorite relative of Bilbo Baggins. On 6 January 2011, Deadline reported that Wood was in talks to reprise his role of Frodo Baggins in the two parts. He was confirmed as joining the cast on 7 January 2011 by TheOneRing.net. As Frodo hadn’t been born during the events of The Hobbit, the inclusion of Frodo indicated that parts of the story would take place shortly before or during the events of The Lord of the Rings.
  •  Orlando Bloom as Legolas: The Elven Prince of Mirkwood and the son of Thranduil. On 4 December 2010, Deadline reported that Bloom had entered into negotiations to reprise the role of Legolas. Bloom revealed on 25 April 2011 that he had been in contact with Jackson, who had given him a copy of the screenplay and said that there was a high probability that he would return.  On 27 May 2011, Peter Jackson announced via Facebook that Bloom would reprise his role as Legolas.
  •  Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel: A female elf from Mirkwood. Her name means “daughter of Mirkwood”. Peter Jackson has confirmed there will be no romantic connection to Legolas.
  •  Andy Serkis as Gollum: Serkis portrayed the character in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, but was not confirmed to reprise the role in The Hobbit until 10 January 2011.
  •  Hugo Weaving as Elrond: The Elven master of Rivendell. Elrond gives shelter to Bilbo’s party, after which, presumably, the two become friends. Weaving portrayed Elrond previously in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
  •  Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug: One of the last remaining dragons in Middle-earth. He guards the treasure in Erebor. Also voices the Necromancer: Ruler of the stronghold of Dol Guldur in southern Mirkwood; he is later revealed to be Sauron and is driven out by the White Council.
  • Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn: A shape-shifter, a man who could assume the appearance of a great black bear. In the novel, he lives with his animal retinue (horses, dogs and cows, among others) in a wooden house between the Misty Mountains and Mirkwood.
  •  Lee Pace as Thranduil: Referred to in the novel as “The Elven king”, he is the ruler of the realm of the northern part of Mirkwood. He is also the father of Legolas. In the novel, the Dwarves are captured by Thranduil’s guards and locked in his dungeons when they refuse to divulge their intentions.
  •  Stephen Fry as Master of Lake-town: The leader of the settlement of Men at Lake-town near the Lonely Mountain. According to Fry, “My character is an opportunity for sheer grossness … [Peter Jackson] had me eating testicles… gross appetites. I mustn’t give too much away but I’ve got a bald cap and then on top of that a really bad comb over wig and this wispy mustache and wispy beard and horrible blotchy skin and disgusting fingernails … And generally speaking a really unappetizing piece of work. And a coward to boot and very, very greedy.”


Movie2k Movies – The Hobbit Production Notes

Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh originally expressed interest in filming The Hobbit in 1995, then envisioning it as part one of a trilogy (the other two would have been based on The Lord of the Rings). Frustration arose when Jackson’s producer, Harvey Weinstein, discovered that Saul Zaentz had production rights to The Hobbit, but that distribution rights still belonged to United Artists (which had kept those rights, believing that filmmakers would prefer to adapt The Hobbit rather than The Lord of the Rings and therefore wanted a profit). The studio was on the market, so Weinstein’s attempts to buy those rights were unsuccessful. Weinstein asked Jackson to press on with adapting The Lord of the Rings. Ultimately, The Lord of the Rings was produced by New Line Cinema, not the Weinsteins and their rights to film The Hobbit were set to expire in 2010. In September 2006, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, now the owner of UA, expressed interest in teaming up with New Line and Jackson to make The Hobbit.

In March 2005, Jackson launched a lawsuit against New Line, claiming he had lost revenue from merchandising, video and computer games releases associated with The Fellowship of the Ring. He did not seek a specific settlement, but requested an audit to see whether New Line had deprived him of money. Although Jackson wanted it settled before he would make The Hobbit, he felt the lawsuit was minor and that New Line would still let him make The Hobbit. New Line co-founder Robert Shaye was annoyed with the lawsuit and said in January 2007 that Jackson would never again direct a film for New Line, accusing him of being greedy. MGM boss Harry Sloan halted development, as he wanted Jackson to be involved. By August, after a string of flops, Shaye was trying to repair his relationship with the director. He said, “I really respect and admire Peter and would love for him to be creatively involved in some way in The Hobbit.” The following month, New Line was fined $125,000 for failing to provide requested accounting documents.

On 16 December 2007, it was announced that Jackson would be executive producer of The Hobbit and its sequel. New Line and MGM would co-finance The Hobbit and the latter studio (via 20th Century Fox) would distribute The Hobbit outside North America – New Line’s first ever such deal with another major studio. Each film is budgeted at an estimated US$150 million, which compares to the US$94 million budget for each of the films in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. After completion of the merger of New Line Cinema with Warner Bros. in February 2008, the two parts were announced as scheduled for release in Decembers 2011 and 2012. Producer Mark Ordesky will return to supervise the prequels. Jackson explained he chose not to direct because it would have been unsatisfying to compete with his previous films.

That same month, the Tolkien Estate—through The Tolkien Trust, a British charity—and Harper Collins Publishers filed a suit against New Line for breach of contract and fraud and demanded $220 million in compensation. The suit claimed New Line had only paid the Estate an upfront fee of $62,500, despite the trilogy earning an estimated $6 billion worldwide from box office receipts and merchandise sales. The suit claimed the Estate was entitled to 7.5% of all profits made by any Tolkien films, as established by prior deals. The suit also sought to block the filming of The Hobbit. The suit was settled in September 2009 for an undisclosed amount. However the Tolkien Trust’s 2009 Accounts show that it received a payment of £24 million, (a little over 38 million USD), in respect of a ‘film rights settlement’. Christopher Tolkien said: “The trustees regret that legal action was necessary but are glad that this dispute has been settled on satisfactory terms that will allow the Tolkien Trust properly to pursue its charitable objectives. The trustees acknowledge that New Line may now proceed with its proposed film of The Hobbit.”



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