Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis Back for ‘The Hobbit’?

Director Guillermo del Toro talks pre-production and drops names.
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Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis Back for ‘The Hobbit’?

Pre-production is about to get under way in New Zealand on The Hobbit, according to Variety, but it seems that some previous unannounced cast members have made their return.

Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are expected to write the scripts under the direction of Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro. Preliminary contact has already been made with at least three actors whose The Lord Of The Rings characters also appear in The Hobbit storyline: Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Andy Serkis (Gollum).

"We will all be involved in the script in some fashion but the exact definition is about a week away, " said del Toro. "I am all for keeping the actors who originated the parts, as much as availability and their willingness will allow."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012.

Sources:Variety

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  • err2005 • 7 years ago

    i have faith in del toro. i think he'll make a decent movie out of this.

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    • teesterx • 7 years ago

      Most good movie franchises end up making one film too many. Don't think that'll be the case here. The story is already written, and it's legendary. The directors, del Toro and Jackson, have outstanding track records. The actors, especially Sir Ian McKellen, have shown that the parts were almost written with them in mind. So with these factors in mind, can't see how this'll bomb, if you excuse the pun PB.

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      • pypebomb • 7 years ago

        I have a sickening feeling that The Hobbit is going to be about as good as The Phantom Menace was. Don't ask me why, but it seems like every time a great thing is f*cked with, the end result is 100% Moldy-Badger-Sh*t!!

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        • teesterx • 7 years ago

          The Hobbit certainly will be different from LOTR. That was more of a war story (albeit in a fantasy land inhabited by fantastic creatures). A classic and brilliant good against evil story. The Hobbit is set in the same place of course, but this is a fantastic voyage to pillage a dragons treasure. Middle Earth is definitely a different place without an imminent apocalyptic war. However, with Tolkkien, it's mainly about the journey than the destination in The Hobbit and LOTR books.

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          • revilolee • 7 years ago

            I remember reading the Hobbit in middle school. This is going to be great, especially with Guillermo directing it. It will be a different feel from the LOTR trilogy, I think. But it's too early to say that Guillermo's better than Peter Jackson though. I say they're about the same :D.

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            • happyjack • 7 years ago

              LETS NOT GO NUTS NORMAN, YOUR TALKIN ABOUT 1 OF THE GREATEST TRILOGYS EVER!!!!!!

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              • normanse7en • 7 years ago

                i like Guillermo del Toro ten times better than Peter Jackson... after meeting Guillermo i believe these will be better than the trilogy!

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                • gnr • 7 years ago

                  i hope they dont mess it up......coz it will be very very hard to even come close to the LOTR trilogy....i wish peter jackson was directing them.

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                  • girlyc25 • 7 years ago

                    i read all 4 books and thought they were great... im happy they are making the hobbit... it can go with my other movies...

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                    • sirmetro • 7 years ago

                      give us 3hours of this sh*t

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                      • radimus-83 • 7 years ago

                        as for me reading books, yeah i'll honestly put my hand up and say i'm lazy. anything with more than about 200 pages is a no go for me! (deff if it ain't got any pics!... :)

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                        • radimus-83 • 7 years ago

                          Nerd/geek/jock, yeah if thats how you wanna put it. i wasn't trying to be funny or have a dig at anybody. i was being serious when saying thanks! and no point anybody on here trying to say they ain't a nerd or geek, cause we wouldn't be on here if we weren't.

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                          • ringwraither • 7 years ago

                            Oh yes!!! =D

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                            • zombiegenocider • 7 years ago

                              AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

                              THE HOBBIT WAS THE BEST!!!!!

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                              • teesterx • 7 years ago

                                Than, again, that was a couple of months ago. Might have changed since then.

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                                • teesterx • 7 years ago

                                  Was on the forum when it announced that del Toro was gonna direct The Hobbit. Apparently, The Hobbit is staying in one part, and the second was more of a standalone film. More like a follow up than an out and out sequel (mainly 'cos Tolkkien didn't write one). A continuation of the storyline, leading upto the LOTR story. But your right, they should be class.

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                                  • happyjack • 7 years ago

                                    I WOULD,NT BE SURPRISED IF YOUR RIGHT TEESTER'X'. BUT I WOULD,NT BE SURPRISED IF THEY JUST SPLIT THE HOBBIT IN 2 PARTS! EITHER WAY THEY SHOULD BE CLASS!!

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                                    • teesterx • 7 years ago

                                      To answer Slysnide's question, the sequel is set between the time after The Hobbit story and the beginning of the LOTR story, which is about 80 years. Not heard anything else about this though. I'll take a lead of what Wildsmurff suggested; following what Gandalf was upto from when he disappeared for a time in The Hobbit.

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                                      • happyjack • 7 years ago

                                        HAHHAHAHAHAHA!

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                                        • wildsmurff • 7 years ago

                                          I am glad that my reading and retaining information helps out those that don't seem to have the time or ability to read a really good story.

                                          Also I am also a sport nut and love to play sports so it is Nerd/geek/jock.

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