Richard Armitage Talks Thorin Oakshield And THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

"The closer they get to that dragon, the stakes get higher and things become more more threatening for the dwarves and particularly for Thorin as he gets closer to that gold," says Richard Armitage.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is an American upcoming film, set to be the second installment of The Lord of the Rings prequel movie series. It's scheduled for release on December 13, 2013. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies was one of the two earlier proposed titles for this film. The sequel to An Unexpected Journey, the film is set to follow the journey through Mirkwood, Laketown, and into Smaug's Lair.


Running Time: In post-production
Release Date: December 13, 2013
MPAA Rating: The Film Has Not Yet Been Rated
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom
Directed by: Peter Jackson.
Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)

Source: IGN
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kuestmaster - 5/9/2013, 12:10 AM
Mmm. Okay I guess.
Let's hope this trilogy gets better with each movie, unlike LOTR
JerBear - 5/9/2013, 12:36 AM
@kuestmaster
It's not like each movie in LOTR got worse. IMO they're all pretty equal.
Ceejay - 5/9/2013, 1:03 AM
Movies in a series need only to serve their purpose, in that sense they all were outstanding especially in their extended forms. Theatrically though, ROTK was more spectacle rich than the others, The Two Towers delivered the best dramatic content but Fellowship was easily the best made fantasy feature on a whole.

I have no worries for the adaptation of the timeline around the Hobbit into three movies. Only people who never read all the material still think he's bloating an adaptation of a singular book. My only problem with the movies are the actors he cast to play dwarves simply were not broad and stout enough to deliver the comparative visual aesthetic the way he did with Gimli. Beards far too short on some and way too normal human looking in features.

Still love 'em though!
JerBear - 5/9/2013, 1:28 AM
"way too normal human looking in features."

One distinct feature that all the dwarves have is big ears. Aside from being short and having beards, that's what keeps them from looking too human for me.
RadicalDuck - 5/9/2013, 2:11 AM
@Ceejay - fully agree. It really pisses me off when people are like "how can he make three movies out of a book smaller than LOTR" when Jackson has said on numerous occasions that he's using several.

I'm pretty confident that he's going to deliver on the trilogy. Yeah the pacing was a little iffy, but overall its a film series that has a consistent high quality.
Nomis1800 - 5/9/2013, 2:53 AM
I can totally see Richard Armitage as Batman.
SwingsetKnight - 5/9/2013, 3:46 AM
I'll be honest, the only thing that made me happy here was "it gets darker." I never thought I'd be saying that about The Hobbit, but the first film really didn't take itself seriously enough for my taste. Okay, yes, the original work was clearly more of a kids' story than Lord of the Rings, but Tolkien made it a little simpler without making it cheesy.

I mean, the rabbits? The Goblin Mountain Theme Park Ride? I don't ask that it be severe, but at least make it the same Middle Earth as the LotR films, rather than some bizarre hybrid of Middle Earth and Looney Tune Land.
Super12 - 5/9/2013, 6:24 AM
@ckal - i'm with you on the rock giant scene. It was a dreadful excuse to show off the new 3D cameras. Eh..whatever. And the Azog story was way too forced...

......however....

@monkeyballs - imagine what it would've been like w/out the Azog storyline. The story would've plodded on along with the group until they reach Rivendell, and then they plod along some more until finally they reach the mountains. Because of the awesome material being added from the appendixes they needed to make this movie end where it did, which means they need more action for the audience to not lose focus and get bored. Most of it was completely understandable, albeit a little forced since it wasn't in the novel.

But, Azog's story wasn't the worst they could've gone with. They pulled it straight from the appendix with some slight alterations to make it more personal. Now that we've set that up it will be more meaningful when the Orc army shows up at the end. It will be led by Azog which brings with it so much more meaning. PJ & Co. put enough thought into it, they aren't just adding crap for no reason. Sit back and enjoy my friend, this will be a trilogy to remember...
Facade - 5/9/2013, 7:31 AM
He's a great Thorin. Looking forward to extended release in Nov. and Desolation in Dec..
TaoOfTheBatman - 5/9/2013, 10:26 AM
as someone who has read the hobbit and the appendices multiple times i still am convinced they are fluffing the material way too much. if the reason we are getting three films is to be the most faithful adaptation ever of one book they are failing in some areas pretty badly. its all summed up for me with the beginning of the flick when they change the opening line of the book from "..it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort" to "This was a hobbit hole. And that means good food, a warm hearth, and all the comforts of home". the changing of this line illustrates why this trilogy will always be a flawed adaptation for me. they take something that is perfect in its simplicity and over complicate it. from there a whole laundry list appears most notably making Radagast discover Dol Goldur and not Gandalf. saying that the witch king was dead and buried when in fact he is a wraith nether living nor dead as stated by aragorn in the fotr, missing members of the white council, bilbo not being kicked out the door by gandalf but running out on his own after the company, bilbo killing an orc to save thorin, etc....and i fear the list is going to only keep growing. like others have said i also felt certain things didn't fit in with lotr films. the tone they should have gone for should have been similar to the beginning of fellowship, the rock giant scene was horrid it would have been fine for harry potter not lotr! i think if pj wasn't busy patting himself on the back and touting this as the definitive version of what tolkien wanted by creating the appendices i might be more forgiving but they just stray way to far and take to many unnecessary liberties! did i enjoy them yes but not as much as i should like and less than half as they deserved!
ratticus58 - 5/9/2013, 10:47 AM
richard armitage would indeed make a great bruce wayne/batman and he would also make an excellent DR. STRANGE. he has the build and the acting chops.

anyone notice how they made him look like hugh jackman/wolverine in the first season of robin hood? the guy gisbourne costume was very x-men like in character.somebody cast this guy as a superhero soon please!
SauronsBANE - 5/9/2013, 2:55 PM
@monkeyballs I compeltely agree with everything you said. Specifically, the Hobbit and PJ fabricating unnecessary conflicts to pad the movie, and the same holds true with the Two Towers. A lot of people love that movie just because of the epic Helms Deep battle, but it's definitely the weakest of the original trilogy. The Hobbit was a bloated mess, and this coming from someone who has read the Hobbit AND the Lord of the Rings multiple times. Give it a few more years, and Peter Jackson will be compared to George Lucas on every movie site in terms of ruining his own movies.
Akercocke - 5/9/2013, 4:10 PM
@ratticus58 Armitage for Dr. Strange and Karl Urban for Bruce Wayne would be my choices

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