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Del Toro Won't Cast HOBBIT Until Script is Done

Though we know most of the names returning.

By Jarrod Sarafin     November 12, 2008
Source: Shock Til You Drop


Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and Frodo (Wood) deal with Moria in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING(2001).
© New Line

If you're wondering why there's been no casting announcements for Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Hobbit prequels, it's because Del Toro and his script partners Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are waiting for the script to be completed first. While promoting the release for the Hellboy II: The Golden Army DVD, the director updated Ryan Rotten on why they're waiting.

"Literally, like every week, what you discover writing the two movies, writing the two stories, it changes. So, every week there's a discovery, and anything we say this week would be contradicted next week. Certainly that would be true in casting. Why create hopes or why create expectations if down the line you're going to go, 'You know what? That was not a good idea.'"

While we have no casting announcements for The Hobbit: Part 1 and Part 2, nearly all the leading stars from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy have told numerous media outlets of their desire to return to the prequels. Since the second part of the planned duology plans to take the audience near the timeframe where Peter began within his trilogy, even Orland Bloom and Sean Astin are willing to return to their characters near the end if Del Toro and the writing team find a way to fit them into the overall story. Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving have also expressed a desire to return to their elven characters. So no casting confirmations will come for sometime but we know most of them will return if they're written into the scripts.

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gr689 11/12/2008 6:31:39 PM

hahaha!! thats funny, of course they all want to return!!

Whiskeymovie 11/12/2008 6:34:38 PM

I would love to see a lot of the original cast return. That would be way cool. I am very curious to see how this plays out.

almostunbiased 11/12/2008 7:22:56 PM

He knows the characters, why the hell doesn't he at least start getting Bilbo and the frickin Dwarves.  Why the hell not.  And Bard and Beorn and the frickin Elf King and some voices for Smaug and the spiders.  He knows he needs those.  If they change that part of the story then this will suck big time.

Dazzler 11/13/2008 4:48:14 AM

I hope they release a blu ray LOTR's soon. 

monkeyfoot 11/13/2008 7:06:18 AM

I'm sure del Toro already has ideas of who he has in mind for Bilbo and other roles. He may have even had some dialogue with them. But  until he has a script and pre-production done and a start date for actual filming, you can't lock any performers into a contract . They could end up having conflicts with other projects the actors are working on.

I gotta get me a pair of those Blowfish Hobbit booties! They are simply to die for :)

isgrimner 11/13/2008 7:18:01 AM

Dazzler here is a little info on the LOTR blu-rays.  http://www.thedigitalbits.com/rumormill.html#111108   I used that site a lot during the format war, and they proved to be pretty acurate. 

I can see both sides of the delayed casting.  On one side I think the books provide you with all you really need to know about the characters, and unless you plan on changing it quite a bit (bad idea) then you could start choosing actors.

On the other hand, maybe you should concentrate fully on getting a good script together and not distracting yourself with trying to do too much at once. 

I also hope they don't expand characters roles too much just to include certain actors, *cough Kate Blanchet & Live Tyler.

fft5305 11/13/2008 8:38:01 AM

Good. Now we can put those pesky casting rumors to rest for a good while. Hah. Wishful thinking. People won't stop speculating any more than they will over the next Batman movie, despite the fact that Nolan has publicly stated that he hasn't started on it yet.   I won't consider anything official on either movie until I hear it straight from the respective horse's mouth.

almostunbiased 11/13/2008 5:16:08 PM

Monkeyfoot, I understand and agree with what your saying about casting the Hobbit, but I thought they already had a start date for filming even the script wasn't quite finished.

evilbeagle 11/13/2008 6:17:13 PM

Focusing on the story is a great idea.  Wish more films would do so...

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