De productiefase van de twee films zal, onder leiding van Peter Jackson, ongeveer veertien maanden in beslag nemen en in totaal zon half miljard dollar kosten. De films, waarin Martin Freeman de rol van Bilbo Baggins op zich neemt, worden verder in twee jaar tijd uitgebracht: volgens de planning kunnen we de eerste film in december 2012 in de bioscopen verwachten, en de tweede in december 2013.
Hieronder het gehele persbericht, met wat commentaar van Jackson zelf.
PETER JACKSON ANNOUNCES LATEST ADDITION TO THE HOBBIT CAST
James Nesbitt Confirmed to Play Major Role in The Hobbit.
(LOS ANGELES November 1, 2010) One of Britains most beloved actors, James Nesbitt (Millions and TVs Cold Feet), is the latest actor to join the ensemble cast of The Hobbit, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema; Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros.; and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Nesbitt will play Bofur, a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf. Jamess charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles. We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast. said director Peter Jackson.
Newcomer, Adam Brown will play Ori, another of the Dwarf Company which sets out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the infamous dragon, Smaug. Jackson comments, Adam is a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence. I look forward to seeing him bring Ori to life.
Nesbitt and Brown will join the cast announced on October 21, which includes Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage (soon to appear in Captain America: The First Avenger), Aidan Turner (TVs Being Human), Rob Kazinsky (TVs EastEnders), Graham McTavish (Secretariat), John Callen (TVs Power Rangers Jungle Fury), Stephen Hunter (TVs All Saints), Mark Hadlow (King Kong) and Peter Hambleton (TVs The Strip).
Since The Hobbit films received a green light on October 15, pre-production has been in full swing with release dates set for December, 2012 and December, 2013. The two The Hobbit films are being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production, Warner Bros Pictures handling domestic distribution and MGM distributing internationally.
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films, with co-writer Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer and Ken Kamins as executive producer. The Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed LOTR trilogy, also from the production team of Jackson, Walsh and Cunningham, grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office. In 2003, Return of the King swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogys production was also unprecedented at the time.