"Last Sunday, I registered for an online chat (The Unexpected Party) hosted by Weta. It featured Peter Jackson (LOTR) and Guillermo del Toro discussing their latest project - The Hobbit Movie (in fact it appears that there will be two movies). The transcript for the session can be found on the Weta website. Unfortunately PJ and GDT were very vague about casting for the films mainly because they had not yet written the scripts. The prediction is that they will start filming in 2010, so there is plenty of time for consideration.
I edited the next part as it was all about Bard the Bowman. Lord of Esgaroth and Last King of Dale which I thought would be a great part for RA.... small but heroic.... I'll add in the photo and quote though (below)
" And they praised the courage of Bard and his last mighty shot. 'If only he had not been killed' they all said, 'we would make him a king. Bard the Dragon-shooter of the line of Girion! Alas that he is lost!'And in the very midst of their talk a tall figure stepped from the shadows. He was drenched with water, his black hair hung wet over his face and shoulders, and a fierce light was in his eyes.'Bard is not lost!' he cried.......'I am Bard of the line of Girion. I am the slayer of the dragon!' "THE HOBBITJ.R.R.TOLKIEN
OK ... it is now present day - 22nd October 2010 - and finally Peter Jackson (without Guillermo del Toro who moved on to other projects) has announced his casting for The Hobbit. RA is not Bard BUT he has achieved a huge coup in being cast as Thorin Oakenshield. Over at TheOneRing.net we had speculated about the role of Bard and also Thrandull, but we never considered Thorin. I have to say that I am so delighted for RA - a Tolkien fan - to be cast in such an important role. (Not quite sure how they will disguise his height, but they managed to do so with John Rhys Davies in LOTR).
That reminds me - RA in an old interview stated that Cate Blanchett was a favourite actress of his. So, in LOTR, Gimli meets, and is bewitched, by Galadriel ... does this mean that Thorin will meet her also? The other piece of trivia is that RA is working on Captain America, The First Avenger, with Hugo Weaving who is rumoured to be reprising his role as Elrond in The Hobbit. I wonder if he and RA are comparing notes?
Thirdly, I have my fingers and toes crossed that The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand despite the industrial strife. Surely Peter Jackson won't take it off to another country??? If indeed it is in our hemisphere, my wishful thinking would extend to the following scenario......