The Hobbit: Part 1 (2012) Update


There’s been a little bit of news on the new Hobbit Movie coming in 2012, so lets get current with all the happenings from Bofur to Legolas.

The Hobbit : Part 1

The cast is almost entirely set now for The Hobbit, [full coverage] and thankfully they are indeed bringing in quite a few memorable actors from Lord Of The Rings. Indeed it would only make sense to do so, but the budget was a concern. Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and the others don’t come cheap.

The biggest news so far is that Elijah Wood will reprise his role as Frodo in the upcoming Hottib film. Cool, right? Ian McKellen has signed on, thankfully, and so has Christopher Lee as the evil wizard Saruman. This is important, it makes sense to have these iconic figures continue their work in the series.

There are only a couple of spots left to fill in The Hobbit, but it looks like Leonard Nimoy and Saoirse Ronan could be on board. So excited for this movie, can’t wait to introduce my young kids to The Hobbit, the series and the adventure that Peter Jackson will most certainly deliver.



Movie Release Date

The Hobbit: Part 1 is currently slated to hit theaters December 2012.
The Hobbit: Part 2 is currently slated to hit theaters December 2013.

The Hobbit Cast Thus Far

Elijah Wood … Frodo
Cate Blanchett … Galadriel
Orlando Bloom … Legolas
Martin Freeman … Bilbo Baggins
David Tennant … Thranduil
Ian McKellen … Gandalf
Richard Armitage … Thorin Oakenshield
Andy Serkis … Gollum
Leonard Nimoy … Smaug (rumored)
Mikael Persbrandt … Beorn
Aidan Turner … Kili
James Nesbitt … Bofur
Graham McTavish … Dwalin
Robert Kazinsky … Fili
Ken Stott … Lord Balin
Jed Brophy … Nori
Stephen Hunter … Bombur
John Callen … Oin
William Kircher … Bifur
Adam Brown … Ori
Peter Hambleton … Gloin
Ryan Gage … Drogo Baggins
Mark Hadlow … Dori

Our Coverage

Check out our full our sneak preview on The Hobbit :

The Hobbit 2012 – Full preview


  1. @Elise: Between “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” movies, I had the opportunity to see Andy Serkis on his book tour. In the Q&A, he was (predictably) asked if he would want to play Gollum should “The Hobbit” be made. In answering, he warned the audience that should it come about, to be prepared for major rewriting. “The Hobbit” is a very linear tale with a very one-step-at-a-time plot, and probably wouldn’t make a better than ok movie if told on screen the same way.

    It was a hypothetical answer (though who knows what plans Peter Jackson shared with key people in the event he got the opportunity on “Hobbit”), so take it with a grain of salt…bug be prepared.

  2. Elise: Erm, The Hobbit was just about Bilbo’s adventure. So why on earth is Frodo in it? Not that I’m complaining, but doesn’t that mean they’re going to change the whole story? Let me know!    

    He has a limited role, the plans are to feature Frodo in the opening sequence of the films. here’s a quote from the horses mouth :

    As readers of “The Hobbit” know, the tale of “The Downfall of The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit or There and Back Again,” are contained in the fictional “Red Book of Westmarch.” In Peter Jackson’s LOTR films, the book is shown on screen and written in by Bilbo and Frodo and handed off to Sam Gamgee. (Not explained on film are Sam’s progeny later having the book and being Wardens of the Westmarch — hence the book’s title.)

    The fictional book, and either the telling from it or the reading of it, will establish Frodo in the films experiencing Bilbo’s story. Viewers are to learn the tale of ‘The Hobbit’ as a familiar Frodo gets the tale as well.

  3. Erm, The Hobbit was just about Bilbo’s adventure. So why on earth is Frodo in it? Not that I’m complaining, but doesn’t that mean they’re going to change the whole story? Let me know!

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