This weeks marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien’s classic story, The Hobbit, and as if by magic, Peter Jackson and Warner Brothers are planning some rather special stuff. Just yesterday a small collection of new images were revealed from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and along with the new images came a little surprise which gives a good indication as to just how Jackson plans to stretch The Hobbit into a three film epic.
Fans have been wanting answers as to just what Jackson is planning in order to extend the story into three big films, and one of those answers came courtesy of a new character. In the collection of new images released came the picture of the wizard Radagast the Brown, a character merely mentioned in passing in the book, but given a proper role in Jackson’s version. It would seem then, that Jackson is planning on expanding the world of Middle Earth in order to make such a massive epic, and based on this evidence he will be giving characters much bigger roles than they had in the book.
Radagast will be played by Sylvester McCoy, and in the book is simply mentioned by Gandalf as being his cousin. In the Lords of the Rings story, Radagast helps Saruman lure Gandalf to the tower where he is imprisoned. Co-writer of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Philippa Boyens describes the character below:
“He’s not at all like Gandalf. 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.”
Also revealed today, along with the rest of the images below, was the news that Jackson was planning to release a brand new trailer for the film. In a brief video blog, Jackson tells fans (via his Facebook page) that a brand new trailer for the film will be arriving on Wednesday 19th September. Telling his fans that this is going to be an “exciting week”, Jackson also mentions that they will have some “special content” to share later this week. Stay tuned for more!
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Christopher Lee, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom,Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Evangeline Lilly,Ian Holm, Billy Connolly and James Nesbitt.
“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
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By Matt Wavish