Guillermo Del Toro on 'The Hobbit' Casting

October 15, 2008 07:13:37 GMT

The Academy Award-nominated director discusses the rumors flying around the casting for the J.R.R. Tolkien's adaptation project from Hugo Weaving and Ian McKellen to Doug Jones and Viggo Mortensen.

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After opening up about his vision on the creatures of "The Hobbit", dragon Smaug and Wargs, director Guillermo Del Toro speaks out about what he knows of the casting. Talking to MTV, the 44-year-old fesses up that no one has definitely come on board the project though he and his crew have in mind some of the potential actors.

Asked whether Hugo Weaving will be cast as Elrond once again, Del Toro reveals that he has the intention to approach the star as well as other "Lord of the Rings" actors, like Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen. "Oh yeah. We have to approach him - of course," he says. "Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen - they all must be approached to do the movie."

Moving on to the speculation of Doug Jones as the potential candidate for the Elvin King, the man behind "Pan's Labyrinth" hints that Jones may get another part but the King. "I would love to find a part for Doug. It's not necessarily the Elvin King. I think there is a part that will suit him, but it's not the Elvin King," so he claimed.

Additionally, he also addresses the issue of Viggo Mortensen's casting. On the occasion, Del Toro insists that he has not spoken to the Aragon's depicter. Exposing his reason, he further states, "I think that if you create the situation in which the actor has felt invited, that you cannot or do not find him fit for the part, he will feel slighted. Damaging to our relationship and damaging to the project. We are really cautious about not saying any names, because until the pages tell us what to do, we shouldn't."

To be produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson who has directed Tolkien's other novel adaptation "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Hobbit" will be a two-part movie centering on Bilbo Baggins. The first part, "The Hobbit", tells the story when the character embarks on a journey to reclaim the stolen treasure by the dragon Smaug and eventually comes into possession of the One Ring, while the second "The Hobbit 2" will serve as a bridge between "Hobbit" and "LOTR". "Hobbit" is scheduled for December 1, 2011 release and "Hobbit 2" is set to be released exactly a year later on December 1, 2012.


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posted by catfish on Sep 29, 2009
hey guys! as described in the article they consider making a "the hobbit II" which shall make a "bridge" between the hobbit and the lord of the rings trilogy. This is where aragorn could fit in. Of course not in the hobbit which is based on the book. That is probably also the reason why he does not want to say any names for roles in the sequel. I have heard that Viggo Mortensen has said in an interview that if anyone called him to the role of aragorn, he would say yes instantly.
posted by Peter Fischer on Aug 03, 2009
Viggo is the man! only he can bring aragorn to life on the big screen. to see all the original main characters from tlotr on these new films would remind everyone how great those movies were
posted by Mathom on May 27, 2009
Listen folks...Aragorn is NOT IN THE HOBBIT. It doesn't make sense to invite an actor to reprise a character thats not supposed to be there. Doesn't anyone read!?
posted by TheTruthMan on Feb 05, 2009
ppl of middle earth... jks. ARAGON IS NOT, I REPEAT "NOT" in the hobbit tale so quit the silly viggo should play Aragon crap, viggo souldent be in this film caus Aragon isn't, and it would be confusing to see Aragon be called for example "bart" and kill samug.
posted by Klynsy on Feb 03, 2009
I don't even know why anyone is worked up about him not saying he's all into inviting viggo...aragorns not in the hobbit, so it'll just screw it all up if aragorn is in it. the hobbit is about bilbo and the dwarfs, and their journey to the Lonely Mountain. they meet characters along the way, but aragorn isn't one of them. so its not necessary for mortensen to be approached.
posted by LOTRman on Feb 02, 2009
personally ... i think that John rys davis should play thorin.. or at least play Gloin.. gimli's father.. as for me.. i think that the same person who played bilbo in the first 3 movies should play him again. vigo... beyond a shadow of a doubt is the definate PICTURE of aragorn.. i dont think anyone else could play him well
posted by NorthRanger on Jan 26, 2009
You really can't take a movie too seriously if the actors change, that is how you confuse the audience into saying, 'who the hell is that, sure as not aragorn.'
posted by Bluecat on Oct 21, 2008
The other three have been mentioned becuase the characters are actually in the hobbit and aragon is not. I think they're just being careful as it all depends on the direction the second film will be going in whether the actual character of aragon will be in it or not. Not whether Viggo cast or not. All depends on the character being in it.
posted by Zenoura on Oct 19, 2008
He cannot say anything yet, because Aragorn doesn't appear in The Hobbit book.
posted by Arda admirer on Oct 19, 2008
I don't understand. Toro refuses to cite an interest in Mortensen, saying, "We are really cautious about not saying any names." But Toro plainly says "Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen - they all must be approached to do the movie." Huh? I don't understand why Toro goes on record saying he'll invite Serkis, McKellen and Weaving, but will not go on record saying he'll invite Mortensen. Mortensen's performance was one of the three most electrifying in the trilogy (along with Serkis and McKellen). I've watched the trilogy about 20 times and it is the nuanced, brilliant performances of Mortensen, Serkis and McKellen that keep me interested each time I watch. I can't imagine another actor portraying Aragorn. What does Toro have against Mortensen?
posted by viggofan on Oct 17, 2008
If anyone but Viggo is cast as Aragorn, I won't see the movie. And they should cast Martin Freeman as Bilbo. So there.
posted by LOTR<3RINGERS on Oct 16, 2008
opps, i mean i heard they wont be using Ian Holmes.
posted by LOTR<3RINGERS on Oct 16, 2008
I agree with fireflame1. i mean come on! you cant replace Viggo Mortensen. As far as im concerned Viggo IS Aragorn. And as for the other roles, Ian Mckellen IS Gandalf, Hugo Weaving IS Elrond, Andy Serkis IS Gollum. the one thing i missed is who is "rumored" to play Bilbo Baggins? i've heard that they wont be using him.
posted by fireflame1 on Oct 15, 2008
If anyone thinks Viggo Mortensen is too old to play Aragorn in the Hobbit Movie then you should se him in his new movie"Good". There is a scene in it where he looks about 30 years old and hot to boot when he is on the balcany looking down at his best friend.

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