Peter Jackson to Begin Adaptation of The Hobbit

October 21, 2010

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit will be getting the Peter Jackson treatment starting very soon. It’s reported he’ll make a two-part adaptation with production starting in February, 2011. The plotline, Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug, involves few female characters but Cate Blanchette is rumored to be looking at the role of Galadriel.

Casting is ongoing but Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis will most likely reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum. Other actors under consideration include: Martin Freeman (he’s Dr. Watson in the new British TV hit Sherlock, coming to PBS on Masterpiece Mystery), Michael Fassbender (he plays Mr. Rochester in a new version of Jane Eyre next spring), Jimmy Nesbitt and David Tennant (seen recently in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire).

Release of the film is scheduled for December, 2012.