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[ITARIL] FEMALE, A WOODLAND ELF, this character is one the Silvan Elves. The Silvan Elves are seen as more earthy and practical. Shorter than other elves, she is still quick and lithe and physically adept, being able to fight with both sword and bow. Showing promise as a fighter at a young age, ITARIL was chosen to train to become part of the Woodland King’s Guard. This is the only life she has ever expected to live, until she meets and secretly falls in love with a young ELF LORD. This role will require a wig and contact lenses to be worn. Some prosthetic make-up may also be required. LEAD. AGE: 17-27. ACCENT – STANDARD R.P. [ELF WARRIOR] An ELF-LORD of RIVENDELL. Tall and good-looking, he is very athletic and comes from a noble family. Wry and dry, with a sharp sense of humour, when forced into battle however, he is deadly with both sword and bow. Like all his race, he is a master horseman. This role will require a wig and contact lenses to be worn. Some prosthetic make-up may be required. LEAD. AGE: 20-30. ACCENT - STANDARD R.P. What the!!!! Have they grafted a love story onto TH to get more women to watch it. What is this nonsense- I think I'm going to be ill.
I reckon if Tennant is in it he's the elf warrior.
[quote="Ann Marie":3qtdbozr] My favorite so far however, is Bernard Cornwell's Lords of the North. His reading and characterization of Lord Uhtred made me fall in love with the book and the series. [/quote:3qtdbozr] Slight red herring here, I also love Bernard Cornwell's writing, having read every book he has written apart from the American based ones, early in his career. Surprising for me as he seems so anti Christian in his Arthur and now Uhtred books. I even reduced myself to playing World of Warcraft for a year after a friend bought it for me with a years subscription and called my character Uhtred. Lord Uhtred is a multi dimensional well written character. I have faith in Armitage to do justice to the role.
[quote="pettytyrant101":w4fjqg0y][ITARIL] FEMALE, A WOODLAND ELF, this character is one the Silvan Elves. The Silvan Elves are seen as more earthy and practical. Shorter than other elves, she is still quick and lithe and physically adept, being able to fight with both sword and bow. Showing promise as a fighter at a young age, ITARIL was chosen to train to become part of the Woodland King’s Guard. This is the only life she has ever expected to live, until she meets and secretly falls in love with a young ELF LORD. This role will require a wig and contact lenses to be worn. Some prosthetic make-up may also be required. LEAD. AGE: 17-27. ACCENT – STANDARD R.P. [ELF WARRIOR] An ELF-LORD of RIVENDELL. Tall and good-looking, he is very athletic and comes from a noble family. Wry and dry, with a sharp sense of humour, when forced into battle however, he is deadly with both sword and bow. Like all his race, he is a master horseman. This role will require a wig and contact lenses to be worn. Some prosthetic make-up may be required. LEAD. AGE: 20-30. ACCENT - STANDARD R.P. [/quote:w4fjqg0y] Is this true? :shock:
[quote="Ringdrotten":2iuck4jq] [/quote:2iuck4jq] Is this true? :shock:
Here is the original link for you to check out: http://www.movies.spoilertv.com/2010/01 ... -call.html
Armitage, is this the bloke who married Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley? Looks like him.
[quote="chris63":1hu0w96e]Armitage, is this the bloke who married Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley? Looks like him.[/quote:1hu0w96e] Yes, that was him playing Harry Kennedy who married the Vicar of Dibley.
still gunning for that role.... Anyone know how to make fake ID's? :lol:
[quote="Tinuviel":2yvg8wfc]still gunning for that role.... Anyone know how to make fake ID's? :lol:[/quote:2yvg8wfc] <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> Good one!
[quote="Ringdrotten":1nypf1me][quote="pettytyrant101":1nypf1me][ITARIL] FEMALE, A WOODLAND ELF, this character is one the Silvan Elves. The Silvan Elves are seen as more earthy and practical. Shorter than other elves, she is still quick and lithe and physically adept, being able to fight with both sword and bow. Showing promise as a fighter at a young age, ITARIL was chosen to train to become part of the Woodland King’s Guard. This is the only life she has ever expected to live, until she meets and secretly falls in love with a young ELF LORD. This role will require a wig and contact lenses to be worn. Some prosthetic make-up may also be required. LEAD. AGE: 17-27. ACCENT – STANDARD R.P. [ELF WARRIOR] An ELF-LORD of RIVENDELL. Tall and good-looking, he is very athletic and comes from a noble family. Wry and dry, with a sharp sense of humour, when forced into battle however, he is deadly with both sword and bow. Like all his race, he is a master horseman. This role will require a wig and contact lenses to be worn. Some prosthetic make-up may be required. LEAD. AGE: 20-30. ACCENT - STANDARD R.P. [/quote:1nypf1me] Is this true? :shock:[/quote:1nypf1me] I believe so! See The Adventure's of Bilbo and Itaril: <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> [url:1nypf1me]http://the-hobbit-movie.com/forum/the-adventures-of-bilbo-and-itaril-434.html[/url:1nypf1me] [b:1nypf1me]GB[/b:1nypf1me]
I fear we are going to get TH by Peter Jackson, prequel to LotR by Peter Jackson. The mans arrogance seems to know no bounds. Made up love stories, invented characters, Radagast, the WC- anyone recognize TH book in any of this cause I don't.
Ann Marie, I for one have as much faith as you do that Jackson will do justice by The Hobbit. :mrgreen: [b:1rztehst]GB[/b:1rztehst]
GB is, of course, is an avowed Tolkien Liberal. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />
Bill Nighy as Smaug. Good or bad? http://www.liveforfilms.com/2010/10/22/ ... ting-news/
[quote="Gandalfs Beard":1krgim8c] I believe so! See The Adventure's of Bilbo and Itaril: <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> [url:1krgim8c]http://the-hobbit-movie.com/forum/the-adventures-of-bilbo-and-itaril-434.html[/url:1krgim8c] [b:1krgim8c]GB[/b:1krgim8c][/quote:1krgim8c] Aha, I must have missed that thread :lol: Let's hope there won't be any silly romances in the Hobbit, don't want them to spend time on that when there is so much else to tell/show!
[quote="Ann Marie":3t0td45d]The burning passion of John Thornton, the sexy, smirking, leather-clad swagger of Sir Guy, the intelligence and angst of Lucas North makes the anticipation of his characterization of Thorin something to savor.[/quote:3t0td45d] Hi, welcome to the forum! Based on what I've heard both here and elsewhere Mr. Armitage seems to be a talented actor, but I really don't recall Thorin having sexiness, leather, or swagger. :P Intelligence and angst, perhaps, but of a rather different sort than the type of characters Armitage seems to specialize in. Perhaps he can break out of his typical style, but I'm less than enthused so far. I could see him as Bard, though.
[quote="Ann Marie":2odnjf0i]I think it depends on how much you trust Mr. Peter Jackson. If you thought he remained true to the real essence of the characters in LOTR then I would say Keep the Faith here as well.[/quote:2odnjf0i] Those who know me will no doubt be [i:2odnjf0i]shocked[/i:2odnjf0i], but I don't have much trust in PJ. :P I think he's able to tell a [i:2odnjf0i]very[/i:2odnjf0i] entertaining (if noticeably flawed) story, but he cares more about telling the kind of story he and his co-writers want to tell rather than a faithful rendition of the original. His choice, and he's clearly done quite well from it, but I don't see the reasoning behind his cultus.
[quote="pettytyrant101":tris9jvg]My worries are most definitely with the characterization as presented in the script. And with it looking like they've written up the Radagast role from nothing too I am seriously starting to worry. Especially if Mr McCoy's assertion that its a big part are correct.[/quote:tris9jvg] McCoy may just have been making a pun (that Radagast is physically larger than Bilbo), but the fact that they're including him at all should be cause for concern to those who want to see a faithful version of [i:tris9jvg]The Hobbit[/i:tris9jvg] on film. Then again, we knew years ago that they were adding the White Council, and that was more significant than the McCoy news.
[quote="Ringdrotten":14tjwya2]Is this true? :shock:[/quote:14tjwya2] That supposed casting call hit the web months ago. It's legitimacy has since been put in doubt.
No casting for Beorn yet? Knowing PJ, he will add a romance, cut out Beorn and say he was not crucial to the plot and that he did not have time to add him in. That is worst case scenario, but there is something that rings true about it enough to cause a lingering doubt in some of your minds. <img src='/images/smileys/sad.gif' border='0' alt='Sad Smilie' />
Yeah, I am a bit worried that Beorn will be cut. He is a bit like Bombadil, a great character, but isn't [i:3uek1i6z]really[/i:3uek1i6z] necessary to the plot. Like I've said before too, I'm a bit worried that Radagast might replace Beorn, but we will see. It's possible that they don't want to give us all the news at once, maybe they're saving Beorn for later <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
There's been enough noise from the fans that I think Beorn will be in. They have more than enough time for him, after all, and he is a rather iconic character. Unfortunately, I agree about the romance being likely.
See The Adventure's of Bilbo and Itaril I honestly thought that thread was a joke of some sort. Bye bye TH hello god alone knows what. It appears we know (or can surmise) quite a lot about stuff that has nothing to do with the book but will be in the film and precious little to go on about stuff that's actually in the book that might be in the film. I think PJ has been reading my posts cause it feels like he's making a TH just to spite me!! All my worst fears are coming true!! <img src='/images/smileys/sad.gif' border='0' alt='Sad Smilie' />
I don't think our lack of confidence needs to lie in Peter Jackson's ability to direct the movie, but rather the actors' ability to play out the roles that Jackson has thought out. I have full confidence in Jackson's directing abilities after seeing Lord of the Rings. However, the cast of Lord of the Rings seemed so much more perfect than this one, which probably made it much easier for the movie to come out as great as it did.
I'm not that concerned about the directing (with a few exceptions, mostly relating to subtlety), but with the writing....
Hmmm. The writing in the LOTR wasn't [i:2lrp6bt4]bad.[/i:2lrp6bt4] While some parts do have a hint of corniness to them, specifically the speeches, it's rather easy to ignore. The only thing that annoyed me is that in some scenes, they spoke in a way that you would expect someone to in a Renaissance Fair would, to keep the "immersion" (or whatever those who frequent those fairs would like to call it :roll: ), and in other scenes it seemed completely casual. My only hope is that they are more consistent with the speech of the charactesr, and if the value of writing is the same in The Hobbit with that slight alteration, I'll be perfectly happy. :ugeek:
I'm thinking more in terms of faithfulness; all in all the writing for the LOTR films was pretty good when assessed independently of the books.
I agree with Durin on the dialogue. In LotR they modernized most of it but iconic passages or certain lines they used Tokien's text which sounded odd next to the rest of it. Of course they should have used all Tolkien dialogue and not made their own up. What I would have given to hear Christopher Lee giving Saruman's "the white light can be broken" speech- and what did I get instead- an old man fight- well done PJ. I frankly expect no better treatment of the dialogue in TH. Sadly.
Hello there, Durin! I don't think we've crossed paths before on these boards, but here we are now, and much on the same path I'd say! Nice to see another one who likes the movies (not that we are a minority, but the "dislikers" are rather loud here :lol: ). And Eldo, you are right that the writing in the LotR trilogy is good (I'd say great, but that's me <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />) when assessed independently of the books (stole your sentence there), but if the Hobbit movies turn out equally good, then that'll be ok with me. Loved the trilogy despite the alterations, so I'm sure I'll be able to love an altered version of the Hobbit as well.
[quote="Ringdrotten":eh4hou81]Hello there, Durin! I don't think we've crossed paths before on these boards, but here we are now, and much on the same path I'd say! Nice to see another one who likes the movies (not that we are a minority, but the "dislikers" are rather loud here :lol: ). [/quote:eh4hou81] Indeed! I do think I remember you joining right before I left. And yes, the dislikers (and not just here) are very loud. :lol: Pleased to meet your acquaintance (again?), and glad to hear your love (perhaps just a like <img src='/images/smileys/sad.gif' border='0' alt='Sad Smilie' /> ) for the movies!
I suppose it is going to be a win win situation for me when it comes out. If I hate it, I am sure my son who will just have turned 6 will love what PJ will put together in 3D, and is I love it then we will both love it. I will however make sure that he has not heard or read The Hobbit before then; at least that way he is unlikely to hate it when he wiews it on the big screen. If it was found that Beorn was not going to be in it, I would boycot the movie and wait for it to come out on DVD and then borrow it so that PJ made no money from me.
[quote="Ringdrotten":l1ztrber]Loved the trilogy despite the alterations, so I'm sure I'll be able to love an altered version of the Hobbit as well.[/quote:l1ztrber] I suspect that I will enjoy watching The Hobbit movies, but I will still be disappointed if they are unfaithful adaptations. I'll likely have mixed feelings in the end. :lol:
[quote="Eldorion":1s58n5p2] I suspect that I will enjoy watching The Hobbit movies, but I will still be disappointed if they are unfaithful adaptations.[/quote:1s58n5p2] You'll probably not be the only one I'm sure <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> But hey! They're not unfaithful adaptations yet! They might include everything from the book, but still make room for the White Council. Then they would only expand the story a little, while still staying faithful to the original material. I suspect that you might be right though, but we'll have to wait and see I guess <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
[quote="Gandalfs Beard":wv40o6v4]Welcome to the forum Ann Marie. :mrgreen: When I first heard Richard Armitage was cast as Thorin, I thought "What a strange career U-turn for this guy: :shock: :? [img:wv40o6v4]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Richard_L._Armitage.jpeg[/img:wv40o6v4] A real shady character with ties to the CIA, and served as US Deputy Secretary of State under George Bush II. But I thought, well why not, he looks like he could play the part. But then I found out Richard Armitage was this guy: [img:wv40o6v4]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0e/ArmitageBAFTAs2010.jpg/250px-ArmitageBAFTAs2010.jpg[/img:wv40o6v4] And then I thought...wait a minute, he doesn't look like a Dwarf at all, and much too young for Thorin. :? But hey...he's a Brit...and that's what counts. So all right, let's give him a go. <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> [b:wv40o6v4]GB[/b:wv40o6v4][/quote:wv40o6v4] :lol: Hey GB, if he had a long beard and an axe or two, that American Richard Armitage certainly looks more like my personal imaginings of Thorin! But I'm confident that Richard Armitage, the British actor, will do a great job. He is one of those actors who can really inhabit a role. Actually, I'm still getting over the shock of the announcement. I always thought that he would be excellent in The Hobbit - but as Thranduil or Bard! I posted this link a while ago. Hope you won't mind if I post it again. It's my idea of Richard Armitage as Bard. I suppose he's going to be covered in facial prosthetics and a horsehair beard in this role.....Looks like it's back to the drawing board for me. <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> http://annesfrodoartetcetera.piczo.com/ ... var=000044
Brilliant Frodo's Mum. :lol: I totally remember those pics now. I had forgotten all about them before you reposted them. [b:31n9yb50]GB[/b:31n9yb50]
Please PJ, announce who you are casting as Beorn soon, I will neevr forgive you if you do leave him out. Petty's purism will look shambolic compared to the vitriole I will send your way if you do. I can forgive most other things PJ, and boast about how ggod the movie is, if Beorn is in it and cast well Ps, Dear Santa, I really want Beorn to play his part in the film.
[quote="Noom Chevaline":2wbj7u36]Please PJ, announce who you are casting as Beorn soon, I will neevr forgive you if you do leave him out. Petty's purism will look shambolic compared to the vitriole I will send your way if you do. I can forgive most other things PJ, and boast about how ggod the movie is, if Beorn is in it and cast well Ps, Dear Santa, I really want Beorn to play his part in the film.[/quote:2wbj7u36] Agreed! I would add more if I could, but I cannot. So, "agreed" will have to suffice <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
I am a solid supporter of PJ, as you know only too well, Noom, but leaving Beorn out would definitely test my loyalty to him! <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
My guess- there will be no Beorn. I hope I'm wrong but I suspect not. Its Radagast you see. He's described in the book by Gandalf as a 'master of shapes and changes of hues...he has much lore of herbs and beasts, and birds are especially his friends.' Now assuming Radagast has been given a bigger role that makes Beorn redundant. No point having two characters that change shape and talk to the wildlife. To PJ's thinking that might confuse the audience, not simple enough. So I suspect, but very much hope I'm just being cynical, that its bye, bye Beorn.
I don't know how serious your hypothesis is, Mr Tyrant, but it does sound truly plausible. Radagast/Beorn could serve honeycomb and discuss High Matters in the same movie. It could also be a nice character arc/character growth situation. :ugeek:
Now you are thinking like PJ and the coven Odo! :shock: But deep down in my bones I think this is how will go, sadly.
Del Toro more than hinted that Beorn would indeed be in the films. I find it highly unlikely that his character will be abandoned despite the fact that Del Toro is no longer attached. [b:28f57e0a]GB[/b:28f57e0a]
I hope you are right GB....but I have such a bad feeling on this one. :?
I think you should be more worried (given your "purism"Wink Smilie about what PJ adds rather than what he takes out. I am fairly confident that all the main scenes and characters will be in the films. Jackson's got plenty of room for the original story and the added White Council storyline. [b:nmrhcld2]GB[/b:nmrhcld2]
[quote="Gandalfs Beard":1b0ti3qw]I think you should be more worried (given your "purism"Wink Smilie about what PJ adds rather than what he takes out. I am fairly confident that all the main scenes and characters will be in the films. Jackson's got plenty of room for the original story and the added White Council storyline. [b:1b0ti3qw]GB[/b:1b0ti3qw][/quote:1b0ti3qw] Wrong here GB, when you edit the film, you can cut out the crap and make a passable movie but you can't add new footage that isn't there.
Very true. There's a passable version of LotR in PJ's films with some careful editing and a lot of patience.
Looks as if they have a part for Beorn. http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/10 ... bbit-cast/
Thanks Chris, <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> I can relax a bit but will not breath freely until there is a name and it is on the confirmed list. There is plenty of time. :roll:
From that list the first name which springs out for Beorn is Brian Blessed. But then he is in his 70's now. Still got the voice mind.
Brian Blessed certainly looks like Beorn to me, haven't seen any of his movies though, so can't tell whether his acting is good. I still have problems with many of those dwarves though :?
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