The Hobbit film trilogy is on the roll and it seems that we’re definitely in for more as the first installment, An Unexpected Journey is expected to receive some extended scenes that fans we’ll surely appreciate such as more scenes depicting more shots of the Hobbits hard at work in The Shire, the dwarves not exactly getting along with the elves of Rivendell and, of course there will be much more screentime for everyone’s favorite Goblin King hidden somewhere in Goblin Town. Then add to the fact that Desolation of Smaug, the second installment, is coming this December and its trailer has just been recently released in the previous month and that There and Back Again looms on the distant horizon for late 2014.
Well, it really has been a long time for the film crew and cast of The Hobbit. Then again, it seems for the cast at least, it seems that the project seems almost over what with Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen finally taking their farewells from the project. Anyway, we can hope to see more of these actors and actresses sometime soon as it turns out that you can never really be too old to be part of an epic story like Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit.
And then there is Ian McKellen who comes back to play the role of Gandalf the Grey in The Hobbit. Another veteran actor, he has taken on many roles that involve an air of both wisdom and authority such as that of Magneto from the X-Men franchise and Iorek Byrnison in the Golden Compass movie adaptation. In fact, it seems that his career in films is far from over and will indeed be getting roles in what could possibly be even more blockbuster films in the future such as X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Also of note is Orlando Bloom, another actor who seems to be done with playing the role of Legolas. After all, it seems that he has already spent enough time in Middle Earth and he himself is often worried that he may no longer have the “elven spring” in his step in order to be fully able to play the character of Legolas. Nonetheless, it seems that there are still those who think that little has really changed about the character regardless of what Orlando Bloom may actually think. Oh well, at least he’s left us with a farewell video in Peter Jackson’s diary blog, leaving us with a good song.