The Hobbit Begins Casting

Christian Fantasy

Films aren’t a frequent topic here, as I’m not one to watch many movies (give me a good book instead!). But when it comes to The Hobbit, a groundbreaking work of fantasy literature, I have some interest in seeing what they’ll do with the film adaptation. And I stumbled across an announcement of some of the actors for the coming films, which finally received the green light this month.

By the way, you did read films correctly–they plan to split The Hobbit into two movies, one to release in 2012 and one in 2013. So far, Martin Freeman (on left) will play Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage (on right) will play Thorin Oakenshield, while Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis will most likely return to play Gandalf and Gollum, respectively. From their pictures, I can see Freeman playing Bilbo, but Armitage as Thorin is quite a stretch. It will be interesting to see what sort of transformation they’ll undergo.

Despite the many issues I had with the adaptations of Lord of the Rings, I’ll likely go see The Hobbit. What about you? Are you interested in watching The Hobbit, or does the idea leave you cold? Do you enjoy movie adaptations, or do you grit your teeth and groan at the horror of it?


  • Rachel Petersen
    October 26, 2010 - 11:08 am · Reply

    I’ve not seen the LotR movie adaptions specifically, because of some violence issues (and I haven’t finished the books yet!), but I do enjoy some other movie adaptions. “City of Ember” is quite good, but I was rattled by Walden’s horrid adaption of “The Little Princess” from the 90s. Being a screenwriter myself, I’m not a book purist – but sometimes the changes directors make don’t even produce a good movie in and of itself, so I wonder what they were thinking!

    • Sarah Sawyer
      October 27, 2010 - 2:54 pm · Reply

      Oh, you must finish the books! Where are you in the series?

      I tend toward being a book purist, and I have to remind myself to detach from the books in order to enjoy the movie. There have been some excellent adaptations of various books (Anne of Green Gables comes to mind), but others, like Lord of the Rings, were sorely lacking, in my opinion. So I don’t think you will miss too much if you decide not to watch them.

      And, how awesome that you write screenplays! I’m sure that’s fun. 🙂

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