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First Look: Official Photo of 'The Hobbit' Main Cast, No Costumes

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February 10, 2011
Source: Stuff.co.nz

The Hobbit Cast

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 Hobbit Cast Photo

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.

The Hobbit Cast Photo

"Weta is buzzing with excitement to begin another journey to Tolkien's world with these guys." We are, too!

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Reader Feedback - 19 Comments

1

It's great to finally see them all together after so much wait, for me this picture is officially kicking off a year-long excitement for new pictures, news and technical specs for what will hopefully become one of the greatest productions in the starting decade!!

Zephyr77 on Feb 11, 2011

2

great looking cast! And for the most part the men playing Dwarf's aren't big names and hopefully this will give them a chance in future films.

Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011

3

yeah I only recognize Chris Pine (blue T-shirt and muscles) and Stephen Spielberg (glasses).

Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011

4

Thanks for the laugh, seriously.

Cody W. on Feb 11, 2011

5

Gandalf?

Manuel on Feb 11, 2011

6

Aw... Silly me... Gandalf is taking the picture!

Manuel on Feb 11, 2011

7

Ha! Yeah, I also wanna see how much they'll be smiling after production wraps...

Icefilm on Feb 11, 2011

8

After seeing Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock,' gotta say I am excited to see what he does with Bilbo's character.

RFabry on Feb 11, 2011

9

Martin Freeman is the perfect Bilbo, so I'm happy. But... no David Tennant?

Craig on Feb 11, 2011

10

I don't think he ever got a role in it... After Freeman took Bilbo, no room for Tennant. This is an amazing enough cast as is though!

Alex Billington on Feb 11, 2011

11

No wait... it says he may be rumored to play Thranduil? Interesting... Well, he's not in there yet. :/

Alex Billington on Feb 11, 2011

14

More! I want MORE!!! :))

Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011

15

This looks to be shaping up nicely! looking forward to this!

Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011

16

Away to watch the press conference now, looking forward to this a lot, it was my favourite story as a kid.

Crapola on Feb 11, 2011

17

bard? GANDALF????!!!!!

stfugtfo on Feb 11, 2011

18

This doesn't bode well... Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield!

Moif on Feb 12, 2011

19

oh shit Robert Kazinsky!! aka sean slater from eastenders wow i did not know that hes in it 😀

A5J4DX on Feb 12, 2011

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