With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hitting theatres in only a few months, new photos emerge courtesy of Indiewire, featuring The Elvenking, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and the motley crew of dwarves.
Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part 2) is Elvenking Thranduil, father of Legolas (Orlando Bloom). He is the ruler of the realm containing the northern part of Mirkwood. Lee Pace was always Peter Jackson’s first choice for the Elvenking.
“Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters and Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil. He’s going to be great. We loved his performance in a movie called The Fall a few years ago and have been hoping to work with him since. When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately.”
Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger) is Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the company of dwarves who try to reclaim the Lonely Mountains from Smaug the dragon. Peter Jackson was confident that Thorin Oakenshield was in good hands with Armitage in the pivotal role.
“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 Oakenshield. 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.”
Aidan Turner (Being Human) is Kili, one of Thorin’s nephews. Peter Jackson had nothing but praise for the Irish actor when he was cast as Kili.
“Aidan 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.”
Dean O’Gorman is Fili, brother of Kili and Thorin’s other nephew. O’Gorman replaced English actor Rob Kazinsky, who was originally cast in the role. Jackson made the announcement for the casting change via Facebook in April 2011.
“Dean’s a terrific Kiwi actor, who I am thrilled to be working with.”
Martin Freeman (Sherlock) is the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. He initially had to turn down the role of Bilbo because of scheduling conflicts with his BBC television series Sherlock. Director, Peter Jackson felt Freeman was the only actor right for the role of Bilbo.
“Despite the various rumours and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us. 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 Freeman. 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.”
James Nesbitt is Bofur, cousin of Bifur and brother of Bombur, Jackson felt Nesbitt’s talent and range was what was needed to play the role of the funny and brave dwarf.
“James’s charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles. We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast.”
Jed Brophy is Nori, the brother of Dori and Ori. The actor appeared on all three of The Lord of the Rings films.
Adam Brown is Ori, brother of Nori and Dori. This is the actor’s first appearance in a film. Jackson felt Brown had a unique quality he could bring to the screen.
“Adam is a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence. I look forward to seeing him bring Ori to life.”
William Kircher is Bifur, the cousin of Bofur and Bombur. The dwarf has piece of a goblin-axe embeded in his head. He can’t speak much and usually only grunts and gestures.
Stephen Hunter is Bombur, the fat clumsy brother of Bofur and cousin to Bifur. The Kiwi actor auditioned for the original Lord of the Rings and wanted to doThe Hobbit based on what he saw from the first three movies.
Graham McTavish is Dwalin. He felt fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of such an influential film.
“I think that I would be very lucky indeed if ever again in my career, I was offered an opportunity that was going to be so iconic in its influence and scale with regards to The Hobbit. I can’t think of anything comparable.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on December 14, 2012.