Film Preview: "The Hobbit: Part 1"
by Sandra Scholes
Prequel movies are in vogue at the moment and "The Hobbit: Part 1" is no exception this time. If the cast is anything to go by, it looks like some of the original actors are reprising their roles for the "Lord of the Rings" movies.
Orlando Bloom: Legolas (rumoured)
Christopher Lee: Saruman
Elijah Wood: Frodo
Cate Blanchette: Galadriel
David Tennant: Thranduil (rumoured)
Brian Blessed: King Dain (rumoured)
James Nesbitt: Bofur
Sylvester McCoy: Radagast
Ian Holm: Old Bilbo (rumoured)
As you can see, some of the main cast are still around, and a few interesting new names among them.
The movie's story does not differ from the original novel by JRR Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins, father of Frodo, embarks on a lengthy journey to the Lonely Mountain, along with some other friends who happen to be dwarves, to retrieve a treasure that was stolen from them by Smaug the dragon.
Rumour has it )as you can see from the list) that Orlando Bloom might be making an appearance as Legolas. It would be nice to see him back on the big screen as everyone's favourite elf. However, it is only rumour at the moment, so keep those fingers crossed.
After "The Hobbit" was put on hold by director Benicio Del Toro a while back, Peter Jackson, who had already used his directing talent on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy picked it up. He started extensive work on the film, hand-picking the cast, many of whom are from the other trilogy. There are a few unexpected names but with Peter's keen eye for casting, you can bet that he will make it worth it in the long run.
This movie feels as though it's been made in a similar way to the "Star Wars" prequels, but that is unintentional, judging by how long it has taken for the film to finally go into production.
Due out in December 2012, there will be a long wait for the fans that went to see the previous hit movies and something new to see for younger audiences.