Entertainment Weekly June 2011 Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf) The Hobbit photos have premiered. The Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen Entertainment Weekly photos are the first official photos of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and a few of the dwarfs from Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit (2012-2013), his prequel to his film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings.
Ian McKellen, The Hobbit
Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, The Hobbit
Martin Freeman, The Hobbit
On Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) from Entertainment Weekly:
“He fits the ears, and he’s got some very nice feet,” Jackson says of his Bilbo. ”I think he’s got the biggest hobbit feet we’ve had so far. They’re a little bit hard to walk in, but he’s managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait.”
On Gandalf (Ian McKellen) from Entertainment Weekly:
”He’s in fantastic form,” Peter Jackson says of McKellan. ”In a way, his role in The Hobbit has more technical difficulties than Lord of the Rings did, because he has scenes with 14 smaller characters — obviously the dwarves and the hobbit are shorter… I remember saying to him [laughs], ”Look, this isn’t Waiting for Godot or King Lear. This is The Hobbit. This is the real thing.”
On Peter Jackson from Entertainment Weekly:
”There’s no way you can pace yourself for shoots like these,” Jackson says. ”When we were going through the schedule for The Hobbit, I felt a terrible drop in my stomach when I saw that we’d be shooting for 254 days. We’re only 12 days short of The Lord of the Rings even though we’re only doing two movies. When I saw that, I had to sort of pick myself up off the floor and carry on.”
The Hobbit cast also includes Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.
More photos from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back from the Entertainment Weekly issue should be released soon when the issue hits news stands on June 24, 2011.
For more The Hobbit photos, videos, and information, check out our The Hobbit Page. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14, 2012 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 13, 2013.