If Middle-earth fans weren't salivating enough over the coming DVD version of FELLOWSHIP, New Line Cinema's trailer for the next installment in the RINGS trilogy, THE TWO TOWERS, will certainly have their mouths watering.
On March 29, New Line will place a three-and-a-half-minute, Jackson-edited trailer for THE TWO TOWERS at the end of FELLOWSHIP. Here's the latest on TOWERS, which will feature rougly 600 special effects shots, which is about 80 more than FELLOWSHIP.
Gollum reappears in TOWERS, marching Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) to Mount Doom. Gollum's anti-Hobbit plotting definitely makes him a force to reckoned with. Andy Serkis will provide the voice for the computer-animated menace.
Shelob, the she-spider that battles Sam at the end of Tolkien's version of TOWERS has been taken out of that ending and placed in the third movie. A move that director Peter Jackson says was important, as there would be very little left for Frodo and Sam to do if she did appear in TOWERS.
Jackson reportedly has somewhere between 15 and 20 hours of footage of the key battle of Helm's Deep, where an army of elves and humans spar with 10,000 Uruk-hai (Saruman's frightening creations).
"Helm's Deep is one of Tolkien's most vivid pieces of prose," Jackson says. "You really feel his blood boiling." To get the battle cries for the battle, Jackson arrived at half-time at a New Zealand-England cricket game. He asked the crowd to beat their chests, march in place, and even perform the battle cry, "Rrwaaa harra farr rrara!"