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Cate Blanchett Returns as Galadriel

Warner Bros have just announced that Cate Blanchett will be back in Middle Earth for The Hobbit movies. She will reprise her role from The Lord of the Rings movies as Galadriel, Lady of Lothlorien.

Peter Jackson said , “Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films.”

We first reported the rumors of Sylvester McCoy joining The Hobbit cast back in July and now its confirmed. The former Doctor Who actor will play the role of the wizard Radagast the Brown. Other cast news includes Ken Stott as Dwarf Lord Balin, Ryan Cage will play Drogo Baggins, Jed Brophy will be playing dwarf Nori and William Kircher takes the role of dwarf Bifur.

SOURCE: The Hobbit Movie & Warner Bros.

Fan site www.theonering.net reveals that Guillermo Del Toro departs ‘The Hobbit’

Guillermo Del Toro announced today that he is no longer directing the two movies based on J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”, but will continue to co-write the screenplays. Out of respect to the legions of loyal Tolkien fans, both Guillermo and Peter Jackson wanted to break the news to The One Ring first. They are both committed to protecting The Hobbit and will do everything in their power to ensure the films are everything that the fans want them to be.

“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life”, says Guillermo. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wlsh the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director”.

“We feel very sad to see Guillermo leave the Hobbit, but he has kept us fully in the loop and we understand how the protracted development time on these two films, due to reasons beyond anyone’s control – has compromised his commitment to other long term projects”, says Executive Producer Peter Jackson. “The bottom line is that Guillermo just didn’t feel he could commit six years to living in New Zealand, exclusively making these films, when his original commitment was for three years. Guillermo is one of the most remarkable creative spirits I’ve ever encountered and it has been a complete joy working with him. Guillermo’s strong vision is engrained into the scripts and designs of these two films, which are extremely fortunate to be blessed with his creative DNA”.

“Guillermo is co-writing the Hobbit screenplays with Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh and myself, and happily our writing partnership will continue for several more months, until the scripts are fine tuned and polished” says Jackson. “New Line and Warner Bros will sit down with us this week, to ensure a smooth and uneventful transition, as we secure a new director for the Hobbit. We do not anticipate any delay or disruption to ongoing pre-production work”.

The Hobbit is planned as two motion pictures, co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM. They are scheduled for release in Dec 2012 and Dec 2013.  SOURCE: THE ONE RING

The Hobbit in Limbo 🙁

HOBBIT MOVIE NEWS. SOURCE: wwwthe-hobbit-movie.com

The following story is from http://the-hobbit-movie.com/2010/05/28/the-hobbit-in-limbo/

Earlier today while giving a press conference about his latest movie ‘Splice’ Guillermo Del Toro was asked about The Hobbit start date.

“It’s not greenlit,” said del Toro, “That’s categorical, we’ve been caught in a very tangled negotiation. There cannot be any start dates until the MGM situation gets resolved. They do hold a considerable portion of the rights.”

“We have designed all the creatures, We’ve designed the sets and the wardrobe. We have done animatics and planned battles sequences. We are very, very prepared for when it is finally triggered.”

No mention of casting because without a start date they can’t expect anyone to commit pen to paper.

And talking of commitment, just how long will two of the most sort after movie makers hang around in limbo waiting for MGM to find a buyer? While the time already invested in the movie means neither would probably ‘walk away’ from The Hobbit they may move on to other projects while they wait which could see further delays announced.

MGM has been up for sale to the highest bidder since the end of last year. The trouble is that with debts of over $4 Billion there are no bidders. Its 3 biggest assets are its library of over 4000 movies, the James Bond franchise and its share of The Hobbit and it may have to break up and sell these individually to avoid bankruptcy.

SOURCE www.the-hobbit-movie.com

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