The Hobbit Movie: Rumors & Speculations

So there are all kinds of rumors swirling around currently about Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and I have to admit, I myself got caught up in the swirl for a moment. In fact the first draft of this post began with the sentence “Peter Jackson can suck it” before I decided to take a step back and separate the facts from the rumors and also the good rumors from the bad ones.

Here’s the first one: Cate Blanchett is coming back to play Galadriel. This one is actually starting to look less and less like a rumor and more like actual fact as the Hollywood Reporter released Tuesday that this is for real. Now I love me some Cate Blanchett but if this is true than I’m going to be upset. Galadriel doesn’t appear in The Hobbit book at all. I understand that certain liberties need to be taken when adapting a book to film, but adding in characters is not one of them – especially when said character were a big hit with the last films. This just feel like a Hollywood ploy to make sure this movie makes as much bank as the last. Case and point, the second rumor swirling around is that Orlando Bloom will be returning to play Legolas, another popular character from LOTR that was not in The Hobbit. If these rumors are true that I am seriously angry.

Another thing that is making me angry about the movie(s) is that they felt the need to make two of them. Again, no matter what their reasoning, at the end of the day they are all about getting paid. The Hobbit is a short book that is much less complex than all of the other LOTR books, so my point is that if they were able to do each LOTR book into a single movie than The Hobbit should have been a piece of cake to do in one film. The movies which are set to be released December 2012 and December 2013, should post some high Q4 profits, and two quarters in the black are better than one, right? Wrong.

The reason the LOTR films were so successful is because they more or less stayed true to the books (I’ve eliminated the scene where Legolas uses his shield as a skateboard to grind down the castle whilst shooting arrows from my memory). Should we put our faith in Peter Jackson that he will not steer us wrong again? Or should we start getting worried? Here are some rumors that I’m hoping are actually true – according to IMDB some other actors rumored to be in the film are David Tennant (Dr. Who) and Leonard Nimoy. It doesn’t say what their roles will be, but as long as the roles were actually in the book I think it could be pretty cool. I also like the choice of Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Love Actually, The Office) as Bilbo Baggins. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that although I’m very skeptical at the moment about the movie I think there are also some positive signs that it could be good.

What do you think? Are you upset by some of the casting rumors, or don’t you really care so long as it’s a good movie? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts!

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