Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Scoop! Hugo Weaving spotted in Wellington!

Finally, then, the news that I'd been waiting on for so long. Now that Orlando Bloom is all but confirmed; John Rhys-Davies has approached the studio last week; Sir Ian Holm is due back; Elijah Wood has been signed up; Sir Christopher Lee has indicated that (health allowing) he'll reprise his role as Saruman; Sir Ian McKellen is back in cloak and pointy hat; and Andy Serkis has donned the lycra suit with all the dots on it one more time - there was really only one person missing from the reunion list. We were still waiting for one very important cast member, espcially since the current set being rebuilt in Stone Street Studio is Rivendell.


About an hour ago I received news from one of my more reputable spies, and he has reported seeing Hugo Weaving here in Wellington this afternoon, shopping at Common Sense Organics, the fruit and vege market in Wakefield Street. Of course he shops organics - he's the lord of the Elves, for goodness sake!

Lord Elrond Half-Elven, fading into view?

It's probably a bit too hasty to assume that he's here to be in The Hobbit, but I can't think of any other reason why he would come here right now, just when they're discussing Rivendell scripts. It's certainly not for the weather (it's howling a cold southerly gale out there at the moment).

Certainly good news, no matter what!

  - Jack M.

7 comments:

  1. Excellent News!... thanks for keeping us posted!.... :)

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  2. Only missing Hugo Weaving? What about Viggo? Surely they will film the capture of Goluum by Aragorn after he escapes from the elves.

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  3. Anytime, Raziel! :)


    @Thomenglish:
    That's already been filmed - and in any case, Sir PJ said he wouldn't do a "bridge film".

    Check out The Hunt For Gollum. It's very good, especially given the budget!


    - Jack M.

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  4. Thanks, Jack. I watched The Hunt for Gollum, and it was very good. But it's not Peter Jackson/Weta (nor is it Viggo). Also, I thought PJ said that when they abandoned the bridge concept they would nonetheless incorporate some of the "extra" material into The Hobbit proper (like the White council etc.) Do you have any clarifications re. the organization/content of the two films?

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  5. @thomenglish - also check out "Born Of Hope", the Aragorn backstory. But again, as you mentioned, not by Weta/PJ/Viggo. Very good though!


    I don't have any more information than what's already been posted on the various blogs etc, but as far as I know, the Aragorn backstory was never part of The Hobbit story so it doesn't really belong there at all.

    However, the White Coiuncil scenes are alluded to in The Hobbit book itself, even if they're not completely described. Couple that with the fact that Radagast, Saruman, and Galadriel have all been confirmed for the movie, and I think we can assume that Peter isn't going to skip over that like Tolkien did in his children's book.

    I understand that Tolkien had mentioned years after publishing The Hobbit that he'd always wanted to rewrite it as an adult's book, but didn't find the time to do so. I wonder if the white council scenes would have made it in properly in that case!

    Another shorter book scene that will probably be extended in the movie is the Battle of the Five Armies. Just as things get interesting, Bilbo gets knocked out by a rock, and when he wakes up it's all over. I can't imagine PJ will skip over a battle scene like that!


    But all this is just speculation - let's see what they create for us! I can't wait to pay my $15!

    - Jack M.

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  6. Thanks again. Yes, let's wait and see. I'm often torn between knowing all that I can and just waiting for the final product so as not to "spoil the magic."

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  7. @thomenglish : Yeah, I know what you mean. It's always a fine line!

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