Friday, August 28, 2009

Guillermo del Toro on 3D Hobbit Rumor | Casting Update

The internet has been flooded with all sorts of Hobbit rumors lately. Let's start with the casting rumors first. Sir Ian McKellen is probably one of the few people who’ll make the transition from The Lord of the Rings to The Hobbit. The award winning actor made a recent appearance at London’s BFI IMAX cinema event where they held a Lord of the Rings marathon. While in the presence of the film’s die hard fans, he gave some casting updates on The Hobbit including the status of Bilbo Baggins!

According to SlashFilm, McKellen told the attending audience that he will be returning to his role as Gandalf in the upcoming feature. Filming starts early next year in March, and he will be on set ready for action. He revealed that the role of Bilbo Baggins had been cast and he believes fans will be “very, very pleased.” Who could it be?
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James McAvoy has been the most popular Hobbit casting rumor to date. McAvoy has recently signed on for I’m With Cancer and is negotiating for a role in Robert Redford’s Lincoln drama The Conspirator. It appears his calendar may be booked up for next year. If not McAvoy, then who?
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood is still keeping an eye on Middle Earth. Wood recently spoke with HollywoodOutbreak and talked about [audio] how much he’s looking forward to the Peter Jackson/Guillermo del Toro collab on The Hobbit.

As for The Hobbit 3D rumours, TheOneRing asked Guillermo del Toro just what exactly, if anything, was up with the 3D Hobbit. He is the director of the films and the guy who picks the director of photography, the cameras and formats. For the record, del Toro told TheOneRing “I can safely say that, as of this moment, there are absolutely NO conversations about doing the HOBBIT films in 3D.”

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