We can all start making hobbit references again (Multiple breakfasts! Huge, hairy feet!), because filming of The Hobbit, the two-part prequel to Lord of the Rings starts next month, and pictures and video of the cast have finally been released. Peter Jackson, the director of the original three movies, wanted to do The Hobbit first all the way back in the 90s, but it has been legally tied up until now.
Here’s a video of the press conference with the cast. They’re soft spoken and mostly British, so it’s hard to understand a word they’re saying, but you can get a better idea of what everyone looks like from the video than the released pictures.
It’s good to know that the original actors who played Gandalf, Gollum, Galadriel, Frodo (who’s not even really in The Hobbit), and Saruman will be reprising their role in this next installation. There’s talk of Elrond, Legolas, and old Biblo reprising their roles as well.
As you can see in the video, a younger Bilbo has been cast, but perhaps Old Biblo will be telling Frodo the story in a narrative trick that allows Elijah Wood a little career boost. Remember when he actually used to be in the spotlight? The same goes for Orlando Bloom, who has totally disappeared since the end of Pirates. Although if he wasn’t willing to return for a fourth Pirates movie, who is to say he’ll bother with another LOTR film?
Oh, right, they win Oscars.