Del Toro reveals Hobbit details and casting
Guillermo del Toro has been talking about The Hobbit and the sequel and his plans for the two films, and he reveals a few interesting details, as well as beginning to talk about the casting, and two very important roles.
Gandalf and Gollum could be the first casting reveals we've had on the film, but there really aren't any surprises...we hope.
We've been having a discussion about the two films, and in particular how The Hobbit is going to fit into two films. Well it's not. Early news had stated that the the first film would be of the book of The Hobbit and the second would take the timeline from the end of The Hobbit to the start of The Fellowship of the Rings. I'm sure I read that this would be done using new material and following short stories that J.R.R. Tolkien had written for that time period.
Guillermo del Toro confirms this in an interview over at TheOneRing.Net through the official Hobbit blog but wants to point that this second film is not going to be a filler at all, and he's very adamant about it. This is going to extend the story right through to the start of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Well I have to say that seems the best way to finish the whole series off, however I can see why this is coming up for some serious flack from fans. You know what, I wonder if the end of the book is the best place to end the first film though, and I wonder if they should continue it on a bit to evenly distribute the fifty years they have to cover between the end of Hobbit and the start of Rings.
As del Toro says:
“...this will be a progression, it should not feel at the start of the film that this is the same time (as the beginning of ‘Fellowship’). 50 years in Shire time, is not the same as 50 years in human time, if you think about how our world has changed in only 7 or 8 years, you can think of it as decades of turmoil, those 50 years in Middle-earth.”
Now, let's talk about the casting. With such an established cast I think it's going to be very difficult to recast the roles, and yet we're talking a prequel, and a prequel of some time. However let's do remember that these characters age much slower than we do, so maybe the original cast could pull it off.
Well del Toro has two already in mind, and it looks like Gandalf and Gollum are coming back:
“I had the most charming meeting with Sir Ian, and all bureaucracy pending, he’s on board, as is Andy Serkis. We will continue giving you progress reports as the occur. It is our intention that we will not lose any of the key elements.”
So they are going for the original casting. Is there anything that's going to be different then? Is there going to be a big leap between the Peter Jackson feel and the Guillermo del Toro feel for Middle Earth? Looking at the films they've both made to date you might think so, however there might not be according to del Toro.
“The only thing I will be pushing for more in these films that the other three are full animatronics and animatronic creatures enhanced with CGI, as opposed to CGI creatures themselves...at the beginning of the film will be the palette, that will be slightly different, the world will be the same but it will be a more ‘golden’ world, a more wide-eyed world. But by no means will we depart from the canon, we will take the three previous films as canon.”
He's really going to try and keep the look and feel but rely more on his style of reality animatronics rather than CGI, and that's a great aspect of his films to bring, but surprisingly it's going to be lighter and brighter to begin with. Del Toro is great at creating a darkness in his films, so he's going to have to start bright and tone it down towards the start of the Rings adventure, something that he'll do superbly.
You can read the full thing over at TheOneRing.Net, and looking at this I'm definitely excited for the next four years of his time in Middle Earth.