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Picture Him. Only Smaller.

By TK Burton | Industry | July 17, 2009 |

By TK Burton | Industry | July 17, 2009 |

Guillermo Del Toro, Hellboy 2 notwithstanding, is on something of a hot streak. His next film, J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit, is likely going to be his biggest challenge. Considering the massive success of Peter Jackson’s (who is producing The Hobbit) Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I adore, and Dustin hates because he has no soul and drowned his inner child long ago), he’s going to have to hit it out of the park. That said, if I had to pick a director to take good care of “The Hobbit” and it’s adaptation to the big screen, it’s hard to argue with Del Toro as the choice.

Anyway, casting rumors now abound, as they are wont to do. Of course, the biggest part is that of young Bilbo Baggins, and apparently there are three actors in the running: James McAvoy (Wanted), Daniel Radcliffe (who was in some movie about wizards. I dunno, it didn’t do very well and few people are interested in it), and David Tennant (BBC TV’s “Dr. Who”).

Honestly, I can’t bitch about any of them. They’re all British, which is a bonus. They’re all decent-to-very-good actors. And given the digital manipulation that takes place in the LotR movies, it doesn’t really matter if they’re too tall or too short or whatever. So there you have it. Trade news that doesn’t make me want to gut someone.

I know. I’m weirded out by that too.

The Hobbit will be a two-part film, to be released in 2011 and 2012. So we’ve got a minimum of two to three years of speculation and complaining ahead of us.

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