The Hobbit films have proven to be quite a ride for cast, crew and audience and it’s a bit sad when you think about the fact that most of the filming has already been done and a lot of the cast and crew are now leaving the project. Nonetheless though it has indeed been a great journey and it seems that Peter Jackson has made the journey even more amazing by providing some extended scenes for An Unexpected Journey and leaving us with something to distract ourselves before Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again hits theaters in December of this year and late next year respectively by letting us look into his video diary which provides with some laughs while explaining what the cast and crew have been up to during filming.
Among those to leave include that of Evangeline Lilly who plays the role of the female elf Tauriel. The character is largely debated over by many fans as Tauriel was never present in any of the source materials, leading some to condemn her as an insult to the works of Tolkien. However, the actress herself has stated that the character was created to further enrich the story of The Hobbit and some fans have indeed come to welcome the character as an embellishment to the already iconic legend of The Hobbit.
Next up, it seems that Martin Freeman who we’ve come to accept as Bilbo Baggins, the titular “hobbit” whom the story centers on has also taken his leave and has moved on to other projects. Some of his other films which we can soon expect him in is The World’s End wherein he, along with other actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are a gang of friends attempting their annual pub crawl which always ends in failure. This time around though, it seems that robots and other nasties are involved turning the otherwise mundane but difficult pub crawl into an epic adventure.
And then we have Orlando Bloom, who, along with Ian McKellen, has become an iconic figure in the franchise due to his role as Legolas, has also taken his leave from the project. However, he has left a rather memorable video of himself on Peter Jackson’s online diary involving him singing “They Have Taken The Hobbits To Isengard”. Also, now that the Hobbit is now complete, it seems that he’s using the time given to him to spend more time with his son Flynn as the two had been spotted in various scenic places just enjoying the countryside.