Four New Behind-the-Scenes Stills from The Hobbit

Check out these four newly released behind-the-scenes stills from The Hobbit, featuring Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch with commentary from Peter Jackson!
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“Tonight Martin Freeman finished his last shot as Bilbo Baggins. The end of an incredible two and a half years. I cannot imagine anyone else in this role – a character that Martin has nurtured and crafted with love and great skill.

We have said goodbye to our elves, humans, wizards and now the hobbit. We now enter our final 2 weeks of pick-ups, and it’s wall to wall dwarves. These pick-ups have been gruelling and intense, but I’m so happy with what we’ve been shooting. These next two movies are going to be pretty great!”

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This morning at Dale. One of the few nice things about a 7am start!

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Evening at Dale. And 11 hours later, we’re still going.

Thanks, Page to Premiere!

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Desolation of Smaug trailer is out!

What do you think??

We get a lot of Lee Pace (Thranduil). We get some Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel). As usual, there are plenty of mangled, evil creatures and eye-popping landscapes. And — if the title didn’t give it away — a dragon, who happens to be named Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

But the inclusion that excited me the most was seeing our old friend Legolas talking politics with Tauriel. Apparently, he hasn’t yet discovered his love for dwarves. Only Gimli can make that happen.

The Hobbit Panel At Comic-Con

The Hobbit will be coming to San Diego for the International Comic-Con!  There will be a Warner Bros panel that will most definitely include The Hobbit.  As is usually the case, however, they have not announced yet (and may not do so at all) who is going to appear on the panel.

Warner Bros and Legendary Entertainment have announced plans to bring three of their highly anticipated projects to San Diego Comic-Con International’s Hall H on Saturday, July 14th.

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim will make up that panel that is expected to occupy a three to four hour block on Saturday morning, July 14th. There’s no word yet which cast or crew members will be in attendance.

It’s no surprise that The Hobbit will be a major part of Comic-Con this year, and it will probably make a reappearance again next year, considering that Peter Jackson does love us at the Con.  Updates and pictures of the panel will be posted that weekend, so follow us via Twitter for when that happens.  The panel is sure to have a big, big crowd.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in theaters on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for release the following year on December 13, 2013. Both movies are directed by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Elijah Wood as Frodo, plus Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Hunter, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bret McKenzie, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans and others.

 

Benedict Cumberbatch Talks On Filming The Hobbit

With much anticipation for the Hobbit here is a clip of Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug the dragon) talking about his time working on the Hobbit. He has now finished working on the Hobbit and moved onto Star Trek but we look forward to hearing his voice alongside Martin Freeman. After watching these two amazing actors in Sherlock and the dynamic between them I can only imagine how hard it was for them to stay in character. Hopefully we will see some clips of them attempting to film this scene in the behind the scenes with release of the DVD.

 

“You be Bilbo, I’ll be Smaug,” Says Sherlock

What is it with all these British actors?!  Why are they so good?  Why do they have such amazing voices and characters?  I don’t know, but hey, I don’t think I can complain about it.

Now, I’m not saying there aren’t amazing actors in other parts of the world.  We definitely had some great ones that have graced the screen about 10 or so years ago in the little film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.  Viggo Mortenson, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Liv Tyler are all from the U.S.  The lovely Cate Blanchett is from Australia.  Billy Boyd is from Scotland.  All great actors who played their parts quite well.

But still, there’s just something about those Brits. Which brings me to the casting of 2 characters of the upcoming film, The Hobbit.  First off, we have Martin Freeman, whose credits include a number of comedies such as Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and my personal favorite of his, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  In case you didn’t know already, Martin will be playing the lead, Bilbo Baggins.

Then we have Benedict Cumberbatch, whose credits include Atonement, and 2011’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and War Horse.   He won’t be “seen” in The Hobbit, but his role is quite vital as he’ll be voicing the dragon Smaug.

Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman in BBC's Sherlock

What’s so oddly interesting, coincidental (or maybe not so coincidental), and brilliant is that these two actors were already and will continue to be working together in the BBC modern-day series, Sherlock.  Yes, Cumberbatch plays the title role, and Freeman is his infamous “sidekick,” Watson.  Their back and forth banter and camaraderie in the series has been met with high praise (I, unfortunately, have yet to see the series myself, but I plan to!)

It almost seems fitting that they would be playing two well known characters in Tolkien’s masterpiece story, albeit enemies, but it works.

Not only that, I had to remind myself how exactly Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice sounded like, so I pulled up a clip of the Sherlock series.  The following clip is from when Bilb-, er, I mean Watson meets Holmes for the first time.  It’s a fantastic, witty, humorous scene, and I can’t wait to watch and listen to them both on the big screen when the movie comes out.

So, what do you think?  Does this get you even more excited about the 2 movies?  I know it has certainly peaked my interest more in what Smaug will look like with that voice!  More kudos for Mr. Jackson!

For more on what it was like for Benedict Cumberbatch on the filming of The Hobbit, you can check out this TotalFilm article.