First Look: Official Photo of 'The Hobbit' Main Cast, No Costumes
The calm before the storm, as they say. What you see below is the first photo of most of the cast from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, gathered together in New Zealand for a press conference before shooting. Basically, the entire cast before they start up their year-long rigorous shoot (I want to see them after, too). The photo comes from Stuff.co.nz (via ComingSoon) as a press conference, sans Jackson, was held in New Zealand for The Hobbit, introducing Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and his crew of dwarves. A few key returning actors aren't in this (and no one is in a costume anyway), like Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen or Cate Blanchett, but we do get our first look at the actors that make up the Dwarf Company, though only standing around.
The Company includes: Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Aidan Turner and Rob Kazinsky as Kili & Fili, James Nesbitt as Bofur, Adam Brown as Ori, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, John Callen as Oin, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Mark Hadlow as Dori, strongest of the Dwarves who carries Bilbo at one point, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, Jed Brophy as Nori, William Kircher as Bifur and Ken Stott as the Dwarf Lord Balin. Warner Bros and MGM have scheduled The Hobbit to arrive in theaters on December 2012 & 2013. Shooting begins in March in New Zealand under the direction of Peter Jackson, from a script by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro. Yea... we're crazy excited for this. You?
Update: I received an email from Weta with more photos and details. "There are Dwarves in Wellington - loads of them. 13 to be exact. And we've just had the very first opportunity to see them all lined up side by side," they say on their site. "All the 13 dwarves and 1 hobbit were on the panel." Since we couldn't join them in New Zealand, we'll have to take their word: "The one thing that stood out from this press conference was the awesome cameraderie between the actors and what an incredibly funny bunch they are... [but] they are all determined to make their own mark." Click on the new photo below to head to their website for more.
"Weta is buzzing with excitement to begin another journey to Tolkien's world with these guys." We are, too!