I'll admit that writing these daily news posts about the casting of movies I'm likely to never care about can sometimes be dry, I am genuinely JAZZED UP about this news. The Lord of the Rings films have been so crucial to my life that I've been party to mead filled mega-marathons of all 3 extended editions with friends, and even starred in a LOTR-themed sketch comedy show in Boston. The idea of two more Jackson-directed films set in Middle Earth has me fantastically excited to relive that opening-night glee that we experienced with each of the trilogy's releases, and doing it all over again when the extended DVD's hit shelves. It already feels like I'm going to be seeing an old beloved friend, and I couldn't be happier.
Read on to see who's been cast in each role!
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Says Peter Jackson on casting the star of UK's The Office:
"Despite the various rumors and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us. There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave - exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit."
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
US viewers will be more familiar with this man once Captain America: The First Avenger releases, but UK residents should know him from Robin Hood and MI-5. Jackson adds:
"Richard is one of the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make an amazing Thorin Oakensheild. We cannot wait to start this adventure with him and feel very lucky that one of the most beloved characters in Middle-earth is in such good hands."
Aidan Turner as Kili
From Being Human.
"Adian is a wonderfully gifted young actor who hails from Ireland. I'm sure he will bring enormous heart and humor to the role of Kili."
Bob Kazinsky as Fili
"Rob is an extremely talented young actor with a huge career in front of him, I'm thrilled that he has agreed to take on the role of Fili. Besides his talent as an actor, Rob is also a champion sword fighter; I'm looking forward to seeing the damage he can do to a horde of marauding Goblins!"
Graham McTavish as Dwalin
From Rambo and 24.
"Graham is a terrific actor, with a great depth of experience, which I know he will bring to the role of "Dwalin."
Mark Hadlow as Dori
Jackson veteran from King Kong and Meet the Feebles.
Said Jackson of the final three actors announced:
"I am also proud to announce the casting of New Zealand actors as Peter Hambleton, John Callen and Stephen Hunter. Fran and I know that they will bring great depth and talent to our Company of Dwarves."
Stephen Hunter as Bombur
From Love My Way.
Peter Hambleton as Gloin
John Callen as Oin (UNABLE TO FIND ANY PICTURES OF HIM)
I'm excited for these actors, the majority of whom I've never heard of, to become as familiar to me as the LOTR cast has.