Director Peter Jackson released a second production video over the weekend marking the conclusion of the first block of filming for The Hobbit, his epic two-movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy novel. While the video casts a spotlight on what some of the cast and crew have planned for their breaks, the first half also features Jackson and second unit director (and Gollum) Andy Serkis chatting briefly about the production process.
But the second half is where it gets interesting, as we get to see Jackson and his crew, traveling in five helicopters, scouting for filming locations around New Zealand — standing atop snow-covered mountains, wading across rivers and climbing over fences.
In The Hobbit, Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen lead an ensemble cast that includes 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, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on Dec. 14, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again on Dec. 13, 2013.
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