Warner Brothers and Peter Jackson kicked off Tolkien week by releasing more promotional photos from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. USA Today has some new images from the movie and writer/producer Phillipa Boyens adds her thoughts about the characters.
Martin Freeman is Bilbo Baggins who has a quiet life in Bag End until he gets recruited to join Gandalf and the company of dwarves on their adventures.
Ian McKellan reprises his role of Gandalf. “He is much more of a worldly character, a little bit more of a tramp, whereas Gandalf the White was more regal.”
Andy Serkis voices the character of Gollum who will get more screen time in the movie.
The crew of dwarves includes Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Adam Brown as Ori, Mark Hadlow as Dori, Jed Brophy as Nori and Peter Hambleton as Gloin. Boyens added, “I think they’ll all be sex symbols. Seriously.”
Sylvester McCoy is the wizard Radagast the Brown. Boyens boosted the role in the series even though he is only mentioned briefly in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
“He’s not at all like Gandalf,” Boyens says. “There’s a power and danger and sharpness and wits and cunning even about Gandalf that you sense immediately, whereas Radagast is much quieter and gentler. You could mistakenly think he’s not even a wizard or that he might not have any powers of his own, and then you discover that he does.”
Richard Armitage is Thorin Oakenshield who is just as pivotal a character as Bilbo Baggins is in The Hobbit. Boyens feels this is as much a story about Thorin as it is about Bilbo.
“You want him to inherit this kingdom. You want to feel that if he can take back his homeland, he’ll rule for a good many years.”