Opening Today: “The Hobbit: A Unexpected Journey” (12/14/2012)

Poster - The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey - 2012

Back in 2001, director Peter Jackson adapted and assembled the epic adventure by J.R.R. Tolkien called “The Lord Of The Rings”. This was a massive three book tale and lucky for all its fans, each book would get its own film and flow seemlessly into each other since many parts were shot at the very beginning. Years after the celebrated films had run their course the world wondered if Jackson would approach the story that began the whole thing in 1937 “The Hobbit” and lucky for us – he did. Of course this story would also be broken up into three chapters and while I am not too keen on that (since it was only one book in the first place) I will sit back and let Mr. Jackson entertain me. That being said, this film opens up today and here is a rundown of the cast. Will you be seeing this film? I know that I plan to as soon as possible and I ask should any of you early viewers do so, that you please do not post spoilers. Yes I read the book but still, you know what I mean.

The Cast:
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins: A hobbit
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey: A wizard
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel: An Elf
Hugo Weaving as Elrond: The Elven Lord of Rivendell
Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown
Ian Holm as an old Bilbo Baggins
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
Andy Serkis as Gollum
Manu Bennett as Azog the Defiler: The Orc
Lee Pace as the Elvenking Thranduil
Benedict Cumberbatch as The Necromancer of Dol Guldur
Barry Humphries as the Great Goblin
John Rawls as Yazneg

The Company of Dwarves and More:
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Graham McTavish as Dwalin
Ken Stott as Balin
Aidan Turner as Kíli
Dean O’Gorman as Fíli
Mark Hadlow as Dori
Jed Brophy as Nori
Adam Brown as Ori
John Callen as Óin
Peter Hambleton as Glóin
William Kircher as Bifur
James Nesbitt as Bofur
Stephen Hunter as Bombur
Bret McKenzie as Lindir
Kiran Shah as the Goblin scribe
Jeffrey Thomas as Thrór
Michael Mizrahi as Thráin II
Peter Jackson makes a cameo in the film as an Erebor Dwarf running from the dragon Smaug.

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