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Is Australian actor Jack Thompson a lock for Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. We got word that Australian actor Jack Thompson (not to be confused with the US prick trying to censor video games) appeared at a Sci-Fi con or gathering of some sort in Sydney this past weekend and mentioned that he was up for Thorin in The Hobbit. If I'm not mistaken this picture was taken at the talk where he dropped that bomb:

And for a clearer pic:

Yep, he looks positively dwarfish, beard and all. Consider this rumor, originating at this blog here, but I'm certain this is what Jack Thompson thinks is true. We don't know how far negotiations are. He could be talking when he's not supposed to or talking out of turn, making assumptions. But he's a likely candidate and worth discussion, yeah? -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • May 4, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Not first

    by DonnieDorko

    But close

  • May 4, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Certainly looks the part!

    by Admonisher

    This is the guy who played Cliegg Lars ("Uncle Owen's" dad) in AOTC, right?

  • May 4, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST

    I think the hand got the part

    by DonnieDorko

    With a hand like that, on the second photo. They should at least cast his hand. It looks really dwarfish.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:33 a.m. CST

    When are they gonna cast Bilbo?!

    by jackalcack

    My vote is still Ian Holm so as not to fuck up the continuity. If not him, maybe Sam Riley? All the other suggestions I've heard...Tobey Maguire, James McAvoy, Anton Yelchin, Martin Freeman fill me with dread.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:42 a.m. CST

    he could die any moment ........

    by theDannerDaliel

    i can\t place him. whats he done

  • May 4, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Jack Thompson

    by alan_poon

    He played the coach in one of the best sports films of all time The Club.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    So wait, this is happening?

    by judderman

    Who bought MGM?

  • May 4, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    He looks like fucking Father Chrsitmas

    by umbral_shadow_

    I always imagined Thorin to have a square jaw, beady little eyes just a pissed-off looking face. Not with ruddy red cheeks and a happy kinda face. This guy looks perfect for a Disney dwarf but not a Tolkien dwarf. Someone get Brian Blessed on da phone!

  • May 4, 2010, 4:59 a.m. CST

    An Aussie Hero

    by the crucible

    Seriously one of Australia's great actors - Clancy in The Man from Snowy River, Russell Crowe's father in The Sum of Us, and many others. Don't know the character, but it is interesting he's up for something big.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Yep one of the best...

    by quantize

    most of the current crop like Crowe are egotistical wankers. TUGGER!

  • May 4, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Overseas fans - Jack is a great actor.

    by hallmitchell

    If you want to see his work. Check out Breaker Morant. That film is one of the best court room dramas ever made.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Ditto: Jack is a fantastic actor

    by Wookie_Weed

    The dream of Brian Blessed as a dwarf is still possible -- there are 12 dwarfs in the Hobbit, right? PS David Tennant is around 6', too tall for Bilbo. It makes perfect sense for Ian Holm to replay Bilbo -- remember Gandalf said, "you haven't aged a day"? So in the Fellowship film, he looked the same as he did when he went with Gandalf and the dwarfs to Lonely Mountain.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    He's perfect! Let's just hope they actually MAKE it.

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Gandalf himself said things are in a bit of a quagmire at present. I doubt they will get the first installment out by 2011.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    He looks drunker than shit in that 2nd pic

    by Rocco Curioso

    ... but then again, I'm pretty sure Santa Claus gets liquored up before his Christmas Eve milk run, so I guess it's par for the course.<P>As it stands, I have no further interest in Tolkien kiddy tales being mangled on the big screen. "ROTK" pounded every nail into that particular coffin.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Gleeson does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Hmm, I was hoping for Brendan Gleeson.<p> Ah well, at least make-up dept will have an easy job with this guy.<p> *plonks helmet on his head* "...and you're done."

  • May 4, 2010, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Great Fuckin News, this guy could have been huge....

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Up there with Crowe, yet when romanced by Hollywood after Breaker Morant he chose a much more normal life along with his desire to help his own country's budding film community. <p> The man isn't just a kickass actor, he also has integrity to boot!

  • May 4, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Anakin's stepdad?

    by Mel Garga

    That death scene in Baz's Australia was pretty laughable. But I have a feeling this is the perfect role for this guy.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Jack Thompson kicked much ass in Verhoeven's Flesh + Blood

    by Stegman84

    He has also thrown out some classic performances in the likes of Breaker Morant, Sunday Too Far Away, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Mad Dog Morgan, Merry Christmas Mister Lawrence, Bad Blood, The Sum of Us, The Club, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and The Assassination of Richard Nixon. Seriously great character actor. If the only thing you know him from is his appearance in Attack of the Clones, remember that even the likes of Terence Stamp couldn't do much with what they had to work with on the prequels. I highly recommend you check out any of the above listed films, and you'll see that if given the material Jack Thompson can more than deliver the goods. Sure, he's put on a fair bit of weight in his latter years, but so have most of his contemporaries, and that sure won't harm his playing a dwarf at any rate.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Russell Crowe as Bilbo?

    by Wookie_Weed

    Seriously. Imagine it. o_O

  • May 4, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Until they cast Bilbo...

    by thedarklinglord

    I can't get too excited about The Hobbit. I mean, I love nearly everything Guillermo does, and knowing that Jackson and team are still involved brings some security, but it's scary to think they could totally fuck this up by casting some douche as Bilbo. Sadly, the longer it takes to get this thing rolling, the less likely it'll be Ian Holm reprising the role. If they have to recast, I really hope they go with David Tennant.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    "It makes perfect sense for Ian Holm...

    by Left_Nut

    to replay Bilbo"<p>No it does not. How the fuck do you expect to have an 80 year old man playing the lead in an epic action adventure? The poor bastard would be caked in make-up during an arduously long shoot. Any scene requiring him to do anything other than stand and and walk slowly will be a fucking double or a CGI puppet. What's the point? Do you want to kill the man?<p>As for "you haven't aged a day", hate it to break to you (and every other div that brings out this shit) Ian Holm has fucking aged.<p>You cunts do my head in.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    I thought Hobbit was dead along with MGM. Hmn.

    by ricarleite2

    So he'll play a fucking Rabbi on this?

  • May 4, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Holm as Bilbo? Are you crazy?

    by Mel Garga

    And yes, Thompson was terrific in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST


    by elsewhere

    if not, I'm all for Ian Holm reprising his role. Perhaps they could de-age him using Cameron's current technology?

  • May 4, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Deffo Freeman...

    by KubricksBellEnd

    I mean come on, put some hairy feet on the guy and make him wear the bathrobe again. Hitch-Hikers Guide to Smaug...I'd pay to see that...

  • May 4, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    "You haven't aged a day"

    by umbral_shadow_

    It seems everyone keeps bringing that line up to support Ian holm returning. But what Gandalf was really implying was that Bilbo looked incredibly youthful for 111 years old. Its just an expression used by brits (I'm an American living in the UK). Its not meant to be taken literally.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    I thought Brian Cox was a lock . . .

    by Nice Marmot


  • May 4, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST


    by FireFriendly

    Exactly. Its weird how people on this site have an inability to separate the film script from real fucking life. Change the record - Holm is TOO FUCKING OLD

  • May 4, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Dear Left_Nut

    by Wookie_Weed

    Your cunt does your own head in. Seriously, choke on a bottle of chill pills, dude. PS "You haven't aged a day" was as literal as it gets.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Bilbo was "middle-aged" -- 50 or so -- in the Hobbit

    by Wookie_Weed

    He wasn't young, so don't fucking cast him young.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Bilbo was 51

    by Wookie_Weed

    Born 2890, had an adventure with 13 dwarves in 1941. Do the math, Left_Nut and FireFriendly.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    er, 2941, not 1941.

    by Wookie_Weed

    Damn Spielberg and the Pacific.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST


    by The Chosen

    Although this guy here looks perfect for it too.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    "Bilbo was 51"

    by Left_Nut

    Which is the equivalent of around 40 for a Human. <p>Ian Holm is a Human, if he reprises the role, he will be double the correct age before the films are complete.<p>He's too old, let it go, move on, shut the fuck up.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Looks good to me!

    by D.Vader

  • May 4, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Cox would be...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ...Great! Lest we forget, Thorin is an absolute prick for 98% of the novel.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    But Thompson was...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ...great in Breaker Morant, one of my favorite movies of all time. So we know he can act...

  • May 4, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    The people saying bring Holm back

    by JoeD

    are delusional. The guy is freaking 80 years old. Let go of continuity and accept that it's probably better for del Toro to just forget that little line ever existed in LOTR. It's just not plausible to have an 80 year old (who actually aged in the real world) running around Middle Earth. They can de-age him all they want. A human being actually has to act the part. An 80 year old man actually has to agree to be an action hero. Ian Holm, in real life, is not a hobbit. Unless they go mo-cap with Holm's face (which would really be overkill), just cast a 35-50ish actor. Chalk it up to people aging a bit differently in Middle Earth. Bringing Holm back would sacrifice plausibility (as in, real world, 80 year old, probably arthritic, probably looking to relax, not actually an ageless ring bearing hobbit) for continuity.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Dwarf Casting

    by Customikey

  • May 4, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Dwarf Casting

    by Customikey

    I'd LOVE to see Brian Cox as a dwarf, yes!! Also Richard Briers (of all Branagh's Shakespearean movies) would be a perfect Balin, And Brian Blessed would be brilliant as well!

  • May 4, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Ring Bearers DO age

    by umbral_shadow_

    they just age very slowly. The Ring gives "unnatural long life" but the bearer still ages. So in the 60 years that Bilbo had the ring he would have grown older.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    This film will never get made

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Until I am sitting down in a cinema, and the film starts, I will not believe The Hobbit will ever be made.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    David Tennant for Bilbo

    by Drsambeckett1984

  • May 4, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    If they don't cast...

    by elsewhere

    Martin Freeman, I'm seriously going to be fucking disappointed. You can't get a more perfect fit for a younger Ian Holm.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST


    by CarmillaVonDoom

    THE SILMARILLION.........THAT is a film that will never be made.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Get the Breaker!

    by IamZardoz

    He was damn good in "Breaker Morant".

  • May 4, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Paul Giamatti for Bilbo

    by Gene_Parmesan

  • May 4, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Jack Thompson is a fucking legend

    by Brundlefly

    ...this is great news - I hope they go with him in the role. He'd be an awesome dwarf.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Silmarillion can be done

    by umbral_shadow_

    It would be much darker than LOTR/hobbit but hell there are at least two great movies in there. Morgoth makes Sauron look like a pussy, and you'd see Gondolin and the elves in all their glory.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by torontoxic <p> That's cool news ya dicks.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I dunno, He looks like a Mall Santa in that first pic

    by MobileAccess

    Looks like Harvey Weinstein in the second one.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    er who is Jack Thompson?

    by ominus

    i dont remember him in any film.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Is the movie even greenlit yet?

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    I know it is compeltely dead in the water with no production schedule so I don't see how they can be hiring actors.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Never gonna happen...

    by tomandshell

    Christopher Tolkien will take the "Silmarillion" film rights with him to the grave.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    by AnUsulDarkley

    Morgan Freeman as Gandolf. Ryan Seacrest as Bilbo. Robin Williams as the voice of Smaug. Russell Crowe as the leader of Lake town. Kevin Spacey as the leader of the Wood Elves. Danny Devito as the Goblin King. Paul Reubins for Gollum.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Just one request... no American accents please.!

    by workshed

    The Hobbit is as Olde English as it gets.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    My Hobbit dream cast.

    by AnUsulDarkley

    Morgan Freeman as Gandolf. Ryan Seacrest as Bilbo. Robin Williams as the voice of Smaug. Russell Crowe as the leader of Lake town. Kevin Spacey as the leader of the Wood Elves. Danny Devito as the Goblin King. Paul Reubins as Gollum.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    If this guy was more Dwarvish he would not be human!

    by bloodawn5

    Seriously this guy looks like a Dwarf, someone give him some Salted Pork and a contract now!!!

  • May 4, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Giamatti seconded

    by Mr Lucas

    Difference between him and the other mooted candidates: Giamatti can *act*. I'm led to believe it's an important consideration in these matters.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by RETURN_of_FETT

    ........You were joking......right?

  • May 4, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    "you haven't aged a day"

    by rasALclart

    is A BLOODY EXPRESSION. you pedantic morons

  • May 4, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Ian Holm is 78 YEARS OLD!

    by rev_skarekroe

    By the time they finish shooting he'll be 80. You can't cast him in a six-hour two-part action movie in which he appears in almost every single scene. The guy breaks a hip and production's over. It's just not practical.<p>As for Thorin, this guy is perfect. Won't even need much makeup. Of course, he's no spring chicken either but his character doesn't have to do quite as much.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    @ rev_skarekroe what's wrong with Ian Holm as Bilbo?

    by donkingkong

    If they're bringing back McKellen and Serkis seems kinda tarded not to keep him, you can use other actors for doubles when necessary, ever heard of the "magic" of cinema?

  • May 4, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Mr Soze

    Perfect choice, This Thompson guy can be in it too, just not Thorin. Also Ian Mcshane as Smaug (CockSucker)

  • May 4, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Ian McKellen Confirms Hobbit Delay

    by donkingkong

    Anway if you can get these actors before they croak it would be cool. Maybe Guillermo will go back to Dr. Strange

  • May 4, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Not my first choice...

    by morGoth

    ...but he does indeed look the part. Pretty decent actor too iffen I recall. He would be my first choice to cast as Santa with that beard, however!

  • May 4, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I second that umbral_shadow_...

    by morGoth

    ...Sauron WAS a pussy and a whining little twerp to boot...couldn't even whip an elf chick's punk ass.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Jack Thompson to play TOM BOMBADIL

    by IAmLegolas

    this info is all wrong.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    W Morgan Sheppard as Thorin

    by FrodoFraggins

    would have been cool at one time, but he's too old now. That voice is killer.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    How come Ian McKellan...

    by IAmLegolas

    ... seems to know everyhing about THE HOBBIT. Even Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro are out-scooped by him.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Chris Tolkien will be replaced by tolkien estate

    by FrodoFraggins

    All it takes is a more reasonable person in charge of the Tolkien Estate to allow the Silmarillion to be made into movies or games.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Christopher tolkien replaced on death that is

    by FrodoFraggins

    or after he gets caught buggering some kids

  • May 4, 2010, noon CST

    Isn't the Hobbit Caught In the Same Mess


    That Bond is? Isn't it possible that it all ends up in a shambles, just because MGM is a mess? Or am I confused?

  • May 4, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman as Bilbo


    Let's really mix it up a little. Replace Ian McClellan as Gandalf. I nominate Harry Shearer.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Nothing Wrong With Ian Holm as Bilbo


    But if they replace him, and I see why they would, the should look for someone who looks as much like Ian Holm as possible. Unless they go the Morgan Freeman route. Or make a move to appeal to the youth audience, and cast actor/rapper Common as Bilbo.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    He looks a bit common...

    by Brigon

    .. to be the dwarf in the royal line (and dare I say it a bit older than I imagined Thorim). I would cast him as one of the other dwarves (not Fili or Kili or Bombur)

  • May 4, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    oh and to those who want Ian Holm

    by Brigon

    Bilbo was 50 or so when he left the Shire in the Hobbit. I'm pretty sure its said in the book that Frodo was the same age as Bilbo when he left the shire in LotR. Hobbits live long lives and age slowly. If you want a 50 year old hobbit they need to be around the age as Elijah Wood was in the trilogy. I want Ian Holm back as the narrator in a similar role as in LotR. Something like about how he as just finished the book he was writing in Rivendell. The book being called There and Back again, an adventure when he was young. Cast a youngish actor for Bilbo.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    "You haven't aged a day"

    by Shaw

    But then there is a flashback that shows him looking significantly younger. So yeah, I'd say it wasn't meant literally.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    God, some of you people are dense.

    by rev_skarekroe

    He's too old to be in this film. This is why nerds don't get jobs in Hollywood.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Ian Holm

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    great actor but to old ..the role of Bilbo in the hobbit needs a younger man,its almost an action role with major bad=assery and Ian and his zimmer frame would be seriously out of place

  • May 4, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox is the only choice for me

    by performingmonkey

    Yeah Jack Thompson is good but I would rather Thorin were played by Brian Cox, a better casting you couldn't achieve. Maybe Brian wouldn't want it though, made up as a Dwarf and living in New Zealand for months, which is fair enough. Though Ian Mckellen obviously had a great time and is ready for more. I really hope this happens asap.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by smylexx

    Has Chuck Norris been approached for the role of Bilbo yet? He's about the right height and can definitely handle a sword.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    How about Ray Winstone

    by AddictedtoBoobs

    He's an awesome actor, AND he looks like this Thompson guy

  • May 4, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Oh this is still getting made?

    by SithMenace

    I just thought with Bond on indefinite hold, The Hobbit would go the same route.

  • May 4, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    "Wind" is the best America's Cup film ever made.

    by RandySavage

    I love that movie. Jack Thompson was the second best thing in it (cinematography being #1).

  • May 4, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    It has to be green-lit first!

    by TheWaqman

    fucking MGM.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by Cleave

    Frodo was 33 when he left the shire so a youngish actor would be ok. We've already seen Bilbo in the hobbit in the Fellowship Prologue though so whoever they choose will have to look and act the part. Martin Freeman was nowhere near as good as Peter Jones as Arthur Dent so I very much doubt he'll make a good Bilbo. I've never really seen him do much more than play himself.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST


    by Cleave

    sorry Simon Jones..

  • May 4, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    Cool. I looked at the pics first and thought...

    by Jaka

    ..."That guy could be a dwarf!" After reading the text, I'd have no problem with him playing Thorin. I've seen him in a few things and he's a fine enough actor. Put him in the make-up and shoot him as a dwarf and all's good. I just want this thing to get going, already!

  • May 4, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Who is too old? Jack Thomspon?

    by Jaka

    Not at all. Dwarves are long-lived to begin with. And if you die his hair an appropriate color of brown the guy already looks like one.... if you imagine him in costume shot so he looks short, or course.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Jack Thompson

    by chipps

    great actor, in a number of the best australian films of the last 40 years. he is a real 'craft actor' and made a conscious decision to stay based in australia rather than pursue a career in the states (though he has done some movies there). looking at him there (and other things recently) it is funny to think he was once a sex symbol. he was the first nude centerfold in cleo magasine in australia.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    This fella looks pretty good

    by ZarquonSaves

    I have my own dream casting. I would love to see Bill Nighy as Thorin. He has the hard, stern look to him (just imagine him with a long beard) : (quick mock-ups) I don’t think you necesarily need to cast portly actors for dwarves (expecting of corse, Bombur). I too was thinking Ray Winstone and Bredan Gleason for more of the dwarves --maybe Brian Blessed for Gloin? I also think Stellan Skarsgard would make a nice Balin:

  • May 4, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Brendan Gleason, Ray Winstone, Bill Nighy

    by Jaka

    I like all three of those choices for dwarves. Although I have the hardest time picturing Nighy as one, even with your pic. If Bernard Hill hadn't already kicked much ass in the trilogy I'd put him in the running as a dwarf as well.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    wow he sure piled on the pounds there!

    by Maniaq

    it's good to be the king!

  • May 4, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    This is Uncle Owen's daddy, right?

    by Anything But Tangerines


  • May 4, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by Shaw

    are they planning to explain his hoverchair? Do it as a one-man show with Holm in all the roles!!!!

  • May 4, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I hope Ian Holm returns

    by Drath

    And I thought Brian Cox was who they were looking at for Thorin. He'd have been great. Of course I don't know Mr. Thompson, so he may be better....but I'm sorry Brian Cox isn't still the one they're going for.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    "You haven't aged a day."

    by DarthCorleone

    It's established at the end of The Hobbit that Gandalf goes back to visit Bilbo periodically over the ensuing years. Hence, "you haven't aged a day" does not refer to events that comprise the majority of The Hobbit. It could apply to a later visit by Gandalf with a break of several years (hence, the surprise).<br><br>Oh, and David Tennant.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Guys, I thought this project was dead because of MGM

    by Tom_Bombadil

    Aren't MGM's financial problems killing this project? Or did I miss something???? Ian Holm would be great but I think he is too old now even if they CGI'ed him younger

  • May 4, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    This project will never die

    by Jaka

    It may take years to get it done. They property may change hands. It may be a totally different creative team by the time they finally get around to producing it. But the trilogy made such hugely ridiculous amounts of cash that this will eventually get done.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Financial Sure Thing

    by DarthCorleone

    I don't know what MGM's problems are and I don't know the logistics of film production financing, but The Hobbit has to be one of the biggest box office sure things in history, and the window for its maximum profitability is now. How can this not get made soon?

  • May 4, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    MGM has been offered cash

    by FrodoFraggins

    in exchange for a sizable piece of their gross on the Hobbit films. I can't remember where the offer came from but I don't think MGM liked the idea. But in the end they're going to have to accept that they need to do something drastic.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    MGM are greedy, broke fucks

    by umbral_shadow_

    They have no money to finance The Hobbit (or Bond) and yet they are too greedy to ask another studio for cash and split the profits. Hence The Hobbit is dead in the water. I'm sure New Line would happily step in with $300m to get the Hobbit made, but MGM know the Hobbit is a potential goldmine and don't want to share the riches. Funnily enough, MGM remind me of Thorin with Smaug's hoard when he refuses to share it with Lake Town and the elves.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Anton Yelchin would b perfect 4- THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO

    by TheJudger

    I was watching Ternimator Salvation the other night, and suddenly it hit me. Anton Yelchin would be a excellent casting choice to play Ralph Hinkley if Hollywood decided to make a movie version of this awesome 80's show.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Almost forgot!

    by ZarquonSaves

    Almost forgot one of my faves for a dwarf. James Cosmo. Probably most well known for his rolls in Highlander and Braveheart, more recently he played Father Christmas in the 1st Narnia flick, and one of the bad guys in that terrible movie, Legion. He would be another good choice for Balin, or pretty much any of the older dwarves.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Jack Thompson played Cliegg Lars in Attack of the Clones

    by Miami Lice

  • May 4, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Is David Tennant even on the radar?

    by DoctorWho?

    I hear his name get tossed around quite a bit, but is there interest from Del Toro or even Tennant for that matter?

  • May 4, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Can't believe the trouble with making this film

    by kevred

    It's probably the most guaranteed blockbuster in all of cinema, and they can't find a way to make it? But we get the likes of X-Men: First Class without a hitch? It's not right.<p>And Bond, screwed up is it that the company with two of the most successful titles going is this messed up? Sheesh.<p>Quit holding the property hostage, already - make a deal, make a killing, and let a capable company run with it.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Paul Giamatti for Bilbo

    by Keanu Gives

    And then CGI-him in the LOTR re-releases in the finding of the ring scene. Make it happen, pronto!

  • May 5, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Can't believe they passed up Epic Beard Man for this guy...

    by BurnHollywood

    'Tis a Regional Transportation District warrior with a taste for ale and the reputation for good cheer and mirth.

  • May 5, 2010, 4:30 a.m. CST

    I just want Doug Jones and C.LEE

    by hallmitchell

    I really don't care who else gets a part.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    That's funny morGoth

    by ScorchedTBurntLembas

    Sauron is a pussy and Morgoth is too. He had a hot elfen chick and he fell asleep. Go figure.

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  • May 5, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    No, I meant literally...

    by morGoth

    ...after all, Sauron started out as Tevildo, Prince of Cats, yes? He switched gigs to be a werewolf and that's when Luthien gave him the Maiar ass-whuppin.

  • May 5, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    By the way...

    by morGoth

    ...if you ever heard her sing you'd be falling asleep as well. Boring with a capital "B".

  • May 5, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Well morGoth

    by ScorchedTBurntLembas

    Ya mean Tinuviel was the most luscious elven babe around and Morgoth let a little singing send him to snoozeville. Yowza Man talk about a pussy. Get that dud some nodoze.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST


    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    Making people wait forever for the filthy stinking Hobbit movie is cruel. And since we're talking about casting, I'm happy with Mr. Thompson in the acting department but my choice would've been for the sterner looking Brian Cox. Sigh, just make the movie already folks.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Mean, maybe?

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    It's only too true. Just about the most gorgeous creature on the planet and The Big Guy takes a nod. Figures. And even more casting stuff can be said about Nick Frost playing Bombur. Can you imagine carrying his fat ass for miles and miles?

  • May 10, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    That's right Gorth

    by ScorchedTBurntLembas

    Jack doesn't have the right look to play Thorin. The beard and hair helps but those rosy cheeks and sparkling eyes make him look like a pussy dwarf.

  • May 10, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST


    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    For your information, I was called into being to replace the furball when JRR came to his senses and fed that damned pussy a bowl of anitfreeze. That leaves 2 pussies here--you and Thompson.

  • May 12, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Oh, ganging up on me, eh?

    by morGoth

    Now see here, I've never actually SEEN Thorin Oakenshield and neither have you so WTF knows if Jack Thompson looks like him or nowt? Maybe your lembas had something else innit besides chardcoal.<p>Well the story I heard was that Tevildo broke his neck whilst cleaning some of his nether regions...if'ee takes my meaning. I'll show YOU who's cruel or I'm nowt but a ninnyhammer!<p>BTW folks, you are now officially members of The Cult of the Tailenders {[:^)

  • May 12, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Gangs of AICN

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    You're wrong morGoth, Anyone who's read the book has seen Thorin. His picture is in the reader's mind eye. You must have seen him too if you think someone with a sterner look would be better. Maybe Thompson can act but he looks like Pussy Dwarf in SW. btw, tevildo must be a tailender too, if you get mine meaning. Sorry if you think I'm cruel, I can't help it. I was made that way.

  • May 12, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    For you reject basement dwellers

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    Before you Lucas fanboys get excited the above SW stands for Snow White not Star Wars.

  • May 13, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Ah, but the book...

    by morGoth

    ...describes Thorins character which is frequently described as stern. I do acknowldege that "looking stern" is different from giving someone "a stern look."<p>So, by your Cruel reasoning, Santa is a pussy? Also, SW dwarfs were just bumbling miners and to say they were all pussies is, well, just a whiter shade of beyond the pale.<p>I can tell you in complete confidence that Tevildo is not a Tailender. It would be a great posting handlem however.

  • May 14, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Ah, morGoth, you ninnyhammer!

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    Thorin is described as being very haughty which is quite different than being stern, wouldn't you agree? And, although you've tried to twist my cruel reasoning into your own black thoughts, I never mentioned rosy cheeks or sparkling eyes, but if Santa (who Thompson would be better cast to play) were a DWARF, he indeed would be a pussy. In addition,since you were obviously not paying attention when you read SW last week, Pussy Dwarf is not and never was a miner. He was the dwarf they made stay home because he liked to wear SW's bra and panties under his tunic, you know, just like you.

  • May 14, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    You got one thing right

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    Tevildo's tail would be a good hold while I swing him over my head and then let go.

  • May 14, 2010, noon CST

    Holy Vala poop!

    by morGoth

    Now THAT is some Cruel shit!!<p>OK, ya got me on haughty vs stern so I guess we agree that Jack doesn't come off as haughty. Who would you like to see cast as Thorin?

  • May 14, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    My choice

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    Well let's see, Thorin is very haughty so....have you auditioned yet?

  • May 14, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    But seriously

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    You've got haughty down pat.... but can you play the harp?

  • May 17, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Can I play a harp?

    by morGoth

    Shoot fact, I once played a kazoo while doubling on the authoharp. It, unfortunately, turned me into a man of constant sorrow.<p>The question is, can Jack Thompson play a harp?<p>Who you calling a ninnyhammer?

  • May 18, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Bands of Dwarfs

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    Well how about that, you are musically talented as well as haughty. YOU really should play Thorin! Jack's physique makes me think he holds a drumstick in each hand. uumm...did Bombur hold turkey drumsticks or wooden ones? Whom is I calling a ninnyhammer? Gee I thought I made that rather easy for you to figure out.

  • May 18, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Cancel Thorin Casting

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    That's right Mr. GDT. No need to look further. morGoth is Thorin!

  • May 20, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST


    by morGoth

    ...can't I be cast as The Great Goblin instead? Black is SO much more my color y'know.<p>And houghty? Naughty, yes, but never haughty {[;^)

  • May 20, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST


    by morGoth

    ...farkin' fat fingers..I meant "haughty" of course. "Houghty" is the Middle Peninsula pronunciation.

  • May 20, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    He most definitely looks the part...

    by just pillow talk

    and Ian should not be recast as Bilbo, or if he is, I like what someone mentioned above...he could just do a voice over or start with him in 'present' times and remembered this adventure. And then the movie kicks off back to the events of The Hobbit.

  • May 20, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Black

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    Why was Gollum so pale in LOTR when the professor wrote this in The Hobbit: "He was Gollum--as dark as darkness, except for two big round eyes in his thin face." Did Gollum take a bleach bath between books?

  • May 20, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    If only

    by Gorthaur_the_Cruel

    PJ had followed the order in which the books were written and filmed the Hobbit first, then Holm's age wouldn't be a factor. Ah well, c'est la vie.

  • May 26, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Until the end

    by ScorchedTBurntLembas

    I LAST the longest. And my wife is always pleased