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Peter Jackson Releases New Hobbit Cast Deets!!!

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Last we heard about Hobbit casting, it was looking like Orlando Bloom would most likely return as Legolas.

While there still hasn't been any 100% confirmation of Orly's involvement, Peter Jackson has revealed some new Hobbit casting deets via Facebook, which are as follows:

- Hercules: The Legendary Journeys actor Dean O'Gorman will replace Rob Kazinsky in the role of Fili

- Breaking Dawn's Lee Pace will star as Elvin King Thranduil (Legolas' father)

- Lord of the Rings alum Hugo Weaving will return as Elrond

So exciting! We're seriously pumped to hear that Peter Jackson has been able to get nearly all of the LOTR cast to return!

All we need is some confirmation on Orlando Bloom and we'll be absolutely ecstatic!

What do U think of these new casting deets?

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Ian Holm WILL Return As Older Bilbo Baggins In The Hobbit!!!

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Lord of the Rings fans, rejoice! Bilbo is back!

Back in October, we were excited to learn that Love Actually/The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy star Martin Freeman had been cast as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit!

Now, we're EVEN MORE excited to report that Ian Holm will return as an older version of Bilbo in the epic LOTR prequel films.

Here's what Peter Jackson said about it on his Facebook page:

One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman's voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn't sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J

Such great news! We think both Bilbo actors will be wonderful!

Are U excited about Ian Holm's return as an older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit?

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James Franco Vs. Stephen Colbert: Lord Of The Rings Edition

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There can be only one Highlander Lord of the Rings trivia master!

Check out the video (above) of James Franco and Stephen Colbert totally nerding out with each other to see who has the biggest…base of knowledge about LOTR! Ha!

Wonder what nerd-knowledge contest they'll have next time…maybe they can go head-to-head with a game of Scene It? Disney Edition!

Do U think you could beat Franco and/or Colbert at LOTR trivia? How about with Disney trivia???

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Ian McKellen Gets His Blog On, Talks Hobbit

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For SUCH a long time, we were anxiously awaiting confirmation on Ian McKellen's involvement in The Hobbit films.

Now, Ian is confirmed to return as Gandalf, and he's decided to take to his blog to tell us why it took so long for him to get officially attached to the project.

Here's what he had to say blog about it:

All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me.

I’m 71 and fit: though at my age who knows what accident is ’round the next corner? For a year or more, I have been arranging my professional commitments around the possibility of The Hobbit films starting at almost anytime. We brought the Waiting for Godot tour of Australia to New Zealand early 2010, assuming I would stay on to start shooting soon after. Then there was yet another delay: but in Wellington I met with Guillermo del Toro and later read his script for Part One, written with the LOTR writing team. It was true to the style, the fun and the romance of the trilogy.

When Peter Jackson, already producing, resumed the director’s chair, he kept me in touch with developments. A second screenplay was sent over, on the understanding that I would not talk about what I read in it.

After the ruckus over trade union expectations and unlikely rumours of filming outside New Zealand, suddenly crucial casting was announced, plus a start date in February 2011. Martin Freeman as Bilbo sounds perfect. As my agent continued to negotiate with Warner Brothers, I kept wondering was Gandalf what I most wanted to do, more than a new play for instance or indeed a new part? Sequels aren’t necessarily as rewarding to act in as their originals.

Could I let Gandalf go? Would anyone else care if I did? Elsewhere, does anyone care that Michael Gambon was not the first to play Dumbledore?

The deciding negotiation was not about money but about dates. Gandalf is needed on set over the next 18 months but with sizeable breaks when I can work on other projects. My worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted.

I am happy to say I start filming in Wellington on February 21 2011.

–Ian McKellen, London, January 2011

Your energy and passion for your craft at 71-years-old is an inspiration, Ian.

We're very happy to have U back!

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