Ohmygosh!

It’s happened. Richard Armitage is in The Hobbit! Or did I just dream this piece (emphasis mine):

Peter Jackson and New Line Announce ‘Hobbit’ Casting
October 21

Warner Bros. just released the following press release, confirming Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and revealing a slew of other actors:

Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton have joined the ensemble cast of the The Hobbit, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema; Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros.; Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., and Peter Jackson.

Since The Hobbit films received a green light on October 15, pre-production has been in full swing. Set for release in December, 2012 and December, 2013, we can confirm that Martin Freeman (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Hot Fuzz) will play Bilbo Baggins, the hero of the story. Richard Armitage (UK TV’s MI-5 and soon to appear in Captain America: The First Avenger) is set to play Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon.

“Despite the various rumours and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” says Peter Jackson. “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.”

He 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.”

Rounding out the Company of Dwarves are Aidan Turner (TV’s Being Human) and Rob Kazinsky (TVs EastEnders) who play Kili and Fili, respectively. Jackson comments “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!” He continues, “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.”

The remaining dwarves will be played by Graham McTavish (Secretariat and TV’s 24) as Dwalin; John Callen (TV’s Power Rangers Jungle Fury) as Oin; Stephen Hunter (TV’s All Saints) as Bombur; Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori; and Peter Hambleton (TV’s The Strip) as Gloin.

Read the rest here.

If I’m dreaming, then I must really be dreaming big ’cause it’s over here too. LOL!

Note to self: need a new tag ‘movies.’

22 Comments

  1. LORD! If he’s supposed to play a dwarf they’ll have to knock about three feet off his height!!!!

  2. My first thought too! Man, how I’m gonna miss his long limbs, not to mention his thighs! Pardon my shallow me.

  3. Glad you are jumping up and down with me Frenzy! LOL

    Oh it’s not THAT much of a stretch. John Rhys-Davies play Gimli in LotR and he’s 6’1″… so if they could make him into a dwarf I don’t think RA will be a problem!

    THIS IS WHAT I’VE

  4. Glad you are jumping UP and down about this too Frenzy. My kids think I’ve really gone bonkers! Though they are excited that the movie is being made (big LotR fans).

    And on RA being a dwarf… hey if they could make it work for John Rhys-Davies, (he’s 6’1″) then they can do it with RA. The weird thing for me is going to be all that HAIR that the dwarfs have!

  5. I am in shock and awe. What an opportunity for him! This will be big and he’ll get noticed more than in Captain America. Wow!!!!

  6. I don’t think you dreamed it. The tallest dwarf ever !
    I’m so very happy for him, and for all of us who will get to see him in a major role in a major motion picture. LOTR changed the careers of many of the actors involved, and I have no doubt this part will do the same for him. (Though I’m not sure about the very long beard!).

  7. Hooray! After being so down in the dumps about bloody Spooks, this is such good news, I admit I did do a double take at the thought of him as a dwarf but he’ll do a superb job, of course. And anything tied to LOTR is bound to bring lots more attention.

  8. This must be the role he referred to when he mentioned “getting in deep water” Isn’t there a chapter with a lake?

  9. Another thought: I could deal with a beard but will they touch his nose???

  10. As long as they don’t mess with his voice, I can live with what might be done.

  11. oh, surely they won’t mess with that glorious voice of his! Oh, Frenzy, after an almost 12 hour day I really needed some happy news, especially the way I have been feeling about Lu-John. Thank you!!

  12. Sorry about that double post there Frenzy… my daughter hit my return key AS I was typing ARGH!

    I with the rest of you… bring on the beard.. as long as we have that nose, the eyes and THAT voice!

  13. Can I be his stunt-person? Huh, huh? I mean, I’m about 14 inches shorter? I can be a dwarf.

    Sorry, the nose doesn’t make the grade. Pointy – guess I’m out. Would have been fun, though.

  14. Wow wow wow wow wow – I’m am so pleased for him. This is really big news. I didn’t think anything could top Captain America and I was wrong!!!! It’s incredible!!! *dies*

  15. Very excited about this!!!! I don’t even care if he isn’t Bard – this is a big role for him :)

  16. *uncorks the champers and passes the glasses around the blogosphere* :D

  17. I almost titled this “Where’s Mulubinba?” :D

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  19. Gosh, I could cry!

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  21. Still can’t believe it! FINALLY! Thrilled beyond measure for him! Just a blithering idiot today (me, not him…never seen him blither yet…)

  22. I read this late Thursday night and immediately was inspired to do a blog post! I don’t usually work that quickly so…many thanks for breaking this news to us!
    We will have much excitement to keep us going for quite some time!
    So happy for Richard!!


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