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The Hobbit Cast Complete for 2012 Release Date

Posted by on January 11, 2011 at 5:33 PM EST

the hobbit 2012The Hobbit movie by Peter Jackson now has a complete cast and a release date of December 2012.

The Hobbit is finally after a long strange road that has seen the movie change directors, start, stop, face shut downs and numerous lawsuits. This week producer and director Peter Jackson has rounded out the cast and shooting is scheduled to start in February.

Today there was the announcement that Andy Serkis who provided the voice (and was also the live action model) for Gollum has signed on and will join the cast. Ian McKellen will reprise his role as Gandalf. McKellen confirmed his participation today on his website. These two announcements come on the heels of the announcement that Elijah Wood is also coming back as Frodo Baggins and Cate Blanchet will return as Galadriel. Christopher Lee is currently in talks to reprise his role as Saruman. There is no word yet on if Orlando Bloom will be returning to portray Legolas.

The Hobbit had been besieged with more production issues than any one producer deserves. There were lawsuits over who owned the rights then more lawsuits by the Tolkien family who were claiming that they got cheated out of their fair share of the profits from the “Lord of the Rings” movies. They vowed to block production of “The Hobbit” until that was taken care of. All the legal work got ironed out, Peter Jackson agreed to take over as director when Guillermo Del Toro stepped down after all the delays and things looked like they were a go when the actor’s union in New Zealand suddenly threatened to strike if they didn’t get a better deal. It was starting to look the project was never going to get off the ground. Now, at long last, it seems everything is in place and everyone is happy so cameras can start rolling.

Originally they had hoped to have part one of the movie in theaters in December of 2011. That has been pushed to December 2012. It is another year to wait, but at least it looks like we are finally going to get the Hobbit movies so the wait should be well worth it.



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