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Del Toro talks Hobbit plot and casting

TheHobbit.jpgGuillermo del Toro has been talking about The Hobbit films that he's working on and that we're eagerly awaiting, and he has a few casting reveals to give us for the films, although there's nothing too surprising to be had.

He does say something intriguing though, something about what's not in the book, and there's a suggestion that perhaps we won't just be seeing a straight adaptation of the books.

We've heard before that the second story of The Hobbit would be taken from material that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in poems, short stories and note form between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, but that was an idea that was quickly changed.

The news was that The Hobbit was so rich in material that it would be split into two films, The Hobbit and The Hobbit 2. However perhaps there isn't going to be just the book.

First up though, some of the cast has been announced for Guillermo del Toro's The Hobbit when he spoke on Simon Mayo's Radio One Show which First Showing picked up on today. There's nothing that surprising, but the news is that a number of cast members will be returning to the new films.

Ian McKellen will be playing Gandalf, Hugo Weaving will be playing Elrond and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

One of the interesting parts of what he says is when he talks about what wasn't written in the books and there's a veiled suggestion in here that perhaps we will see some major parts of the film that aren't just adaptated from the book.

“There is a whole other chapter, so to speak, which is the comings and going of Gandalf which are dealt with — people that know the lore know that Gandalf was delayed with a crisis… with a character that is very shady called the Necromancer that proves to be Sauron.”

Now that definitely sounds to me like there's going to be a fair degree of reading between the lines don't you think? It's a suggestion that Guillermo del Toro is going to be investigating what happens to some of the main characters between the pages of the book.

I'm much happier with the idea that the story will be extrapolated and read into between the lines and pages than they would be between the books, and these are the kind of unwritten plot lines that I'd love to hear more about, wouldn't you?



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