Mar 1, 2011

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First Look: Bilbo and friends

Cast of The Hobbit

Cast of The Hobbit

MARTIN FREEMAN (center front), who plays Bilbo Baggins, is surrounded by the actors cast as the company of dwarves in Peter Jackson’s much-anticipated film version of THE HOBBIT for New Line Cinema, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Pictured from left to right are: AIDAN TURNER, WILLIAM KIRCHER, STEPHEN HUNTER, JED BROPHY, JAMES NESBITT, MARK HADLOW, JOHN CALLEN, MARTIN FREEMAN (FRONT), PETER HAMBLETON, GRAHAM MCTAVISH, ROB KAZINSKY, KEN STOTT, RICHARD ARMITAGE, ADAM BROWN.

  1. why has the hobbit official movie blog site been changed? im not happy about it i cant get into my account

    • Our apologies. We needed to upgrade the infrastructure for the site as the old version was no longer being supported.

      • That’s too bad because there were a few very active threads with very dedicated fans contributing posts about fan fiction and general admiration for Tolkien.
        Will there be a chance to access the old threads and accounts again at one point? Or is the content completely erased already?

        • If you try the direct urls to that content, it is likely still there (we only changed the front page).

    • Well the blog needs some getting used to but what do you mean with account. Did I miss something?

  2. Welcome to the official site. Look forward to seeing what you have in store!

  3. Labrynian Rebel says:

    It’s great seeing a picture of Thorin & Company! I hope they have as much fun making these films as I will watching them!

  4. I have long anticipated this movie! Needless to say I am thrilled that it is finally in actually production. With a great choice of actors and the most talented director of this day and age I believe this movie will exceed the expectations of all fans both long term and newcomers.

    Good luck with the movie!
    Glennward Browndinstien

  5. So exciting to see the cast assembled. But I do hope (along with everyone else) that Hugo Weaving will be returning as Elrond. The film just wouldn’t be the same without him.

  6. I think I speak for every fan looking forward to these films when I wish you all the best of luck during production. Words cannot express how happy I, and I suspect the rest of Tolkien fandom, are that The Hobbit is FINALLY a reality.

    Good tidings on your journey, fellow Hobbits!

  7. The casting is brilliant. Kudos to the casting director

  8. So sad to see Aiden Turner leave Being Human but I’m so stoked for the Hobbit! It’s going to be epic!!!

  9. At last, can wait to see it all come to life.

  10. This is great. I can now follow it from my own blog.

    Congrats and can’t wait till it’s complete. Been saving for two years now for the trip to NZ for the Opening.

    Life is good!

  11. This is exciting! Looking forward to more.

    I have a request: Could you make an RSS feed for this blog? I’d like to have notice of your updates, and an RSS feed works best for me.

    Thanks in advance.

  12. Rondaddydo says:

    Great! Thanks for making this a reality! Now, please keep us updated as often as possible.

  13. frederic says:

    a decade of waiting ends tomorrow !
    it’d be nice to have production diaries like for PJ’s King Kong

  14. Arty Rajah Capak says:

    But why – oh, why! – did you wait for soooo long… )))))
    Could someone eudcate me, please?…I know it has alredy been discussed somewhere but I’ve missed it – about two parts… How are they going to split THE HOBBIT in two?

  15. Long Live Smaug!!!

  16. Annemarie says:

    Love the new website, looks great.

    Thanks!! 😀

  17. Morten R E says:

    Looking promising regarding updates! I guess politics have changed regarding information since LOTR 🙂

  18. vorenus13 says:

    good blog ! french fan’s are here ! did someone get The photo of Jackson stepping through the front door of Baggins’ fictional home in The Shire ( it was the only photograph issued by Warner Brothers officially ) ?

  19. Matthias Büttner says:

    Dear PJ, Cast & Crew,

    I wish you all the best for the upcoming months! Good luck and enjoy your time – you definately deserved it after years of preparation (and setbacks).

    Remember, even Bilbo many a time wished he was at home, but his journey was worthwhile nonetheless!

  20. I want to see some photos of the set!

  21. So excited there’s an official blog to follow along, and even more exited to actually be here in Wellington during the filming. Here’s hopin’ they need some average height extras soon 🙂

  22. At last, it begins. Good luck to everyone in Cast and Crew on your journey There and Back Again.

  23. “I am quite ready for another adventure”!

  24. The wait is finally over, well another two years to actually see it. But it’s strange that filming has started, yet 3 major roles have not been officially cast yet – Elrond, Bard, and Thranduil.

  25. Jaxfoodiefreak says:

    AAAAAHHHHHHHHH! So excited about this, FANTASTIC cast!

  26. Great to see Adam Brown appearing in The Hobbit. Seen him as a local actor for the past few years. Will be fab for the film. Good luck!!!

  27. So happy filming has started, at last! Good luck to cast & crew. Can’t wait to see the film 🙂

  28. Can´t wait to watch Richard Armitage on the big screen!!!!
    Good luck!

  29. It’s nice to see how all united in the photo are all I hope is Lafen well and there are no complications. I wish the whole team good luck and listened well to instructions peters!

  30. This has been a long time coming. You would have thought that after Jackson made the studios millions with LOTR, they would have handed him the key to the kingdom, without all of that foolish bantering. Good Luck, Peter.

  31. Rubens Monteiro says:

    Este é um comentário de um Brasileiro que é apaixonado pelas obras de JRR. Tolken
    Não vejo a hora desta obra incrível estar nas telonas do MUNDO.

    So excited about this, FANTASTIC!

    A big hug from friends here in Brazil

  32. Cheryl Desmond says:

    I can’t believe we have to wait 2 more years! Good luck to everyone involved…and please hurry! 🙂

  33. Will they be filming tons of documentary stuff as in LOTR? The box sets that were sold with all the extra footage, interviews, background material,etc were simply outstanding.

  34. I cannot wait to see Aidan Turner on the big screen! Brilliant actor. So sad to see him leave Being Human, im not giving up hope that he will return after filming wraps. Its shaping up to be quite a movie with such a great cast!

  35. I am so excited for this film! 🙂
    I’m not so sure though why Aidan Turner is playing Kili, a dwarf (according to Wikipedia).
    Isn’t he a bit too tall? I can understand John Rhys-Davis because he was a bit- well- stocky, so maybe he could get away with it. But isn’t Aidan Turner too tall and slim?

  36. Beatrix Frey says:

    Is David Tennant playing Elvenking Thranduil? Heard there were negotiations.

  37. Cannot wait to see a 6′ 2″ Richard Armitage as a dwarf. Will he still be filming Strike Back this year ? Sorry that he will be off our sreens for so long.

  38. Hello for u all!! It’s with great pleasure that I write this. I’m a huge fan of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. And “The Hobbit” is an excelent one. But, i want to ask just one thing: Isn’t Elijah Woods going to play Frodo? Sorry about my complete ignorance… Once again Peter, thx for bringing us this wonderful book to life. Me and a lot, but really a lot of fans from Brazil are couting the seconds for the movie.

  39. Hope the documentaries will be provided with the movie, the ones for LOTR are absolutely precious.
    And thanks for such a great site.
    With best wishes. 🙂

  40. Why can’t we make films like this in the UK ? Keeping RA away from us for so long.

    Hope that everyone enjoys the filming. Looking forward to the end reults

  41. I’ll be waiting for the record of 11 oscars to be overrun by The Hobbit!!! The best film of cine’s history!!!

  42. You should put a facebook widget to say “I like it”, because I want to say “I like it” for all the photos! 🙂

  43. WoW,I thought Bilbo was supposed to be old the actor couldn’t be more than 20 well I guess the old sayings “looks can be deceiving” and “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” was right.

  44. Will you sometime in the near future make a movie of The Silmarillion? This is Tolkien’s most powerful work, and definitely the hardest to make a film of. But I would love to see it on the big screen, it would be fantastic. What do you think?

    • I don’t think The Silmarillion can be done, it’s way too complex! But I also would love to see it on screen (the way I imagine it in my head). It’d be simply amazing. It’d be scary to watch though, knowing that they’d have to cut some parts out etc. If anyone can do it though, it’s Peter 🙂
      I’m super excited for The Hobbit though, my favourite book of all time.

  45. Finally, a great movie to look forward to once again. Good luck Jackson, I am thrilled as both a fan of you and the movies.

  46. Não vejo a hora de assistir !!!

  47. Wow, they’re all unrecognizable in costume.

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