22 October 2010

Fantasy movie news: 'Spiderman' and 'The Hobbit' reveal new cast members

This is some pretty exciting casting news by my reckoning. The new Spiderman movie, directed by Mark Webb (500 Days of Summer) and starring Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassas) has cast Welsh actor Rhys Ifans (Twin Town, Little Nicky) as Dr. Curt Conners a.k.a. The Lizard. Ifans has the kind of eccentricity that could pull off the Jekyll and Hyde persona of Conners, so I'm looking forward to seeing how he plays the role (plus he's a fellow Welshman, so support is mandatory). More on this at tor.com

Also, the much awaited news of The Hobbit, which has recently been given the greenlight was released today. After several rumours to the contrary, Martin Freeman (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, BBC's Sherlock) has been confirmed for the role of Bilbo Baggins. Also, Richard Armitage (BBC's Robin Hood) and Aiden Turner (BBC's Being Human) are confirmed as two of the dwarfs that accompany Bilbo. 

Unconfirmed for the movie are Stephen Fry, Bill Nighy and David Tennant, but since the cast already includes Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett and Andy Serkis reprising their roles as Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel and Gollum, The Hobbit has a solid cast already. I can only hope that Stephen Fry is cast as the voice of the dragon, now that would be awesome. More on this on blastr.com.

What do you think about these choices? Do you think they'll do justice to the roles?


  1. WHOOHOO! that's excellent news all around! my hubby told me the other day that ricky gervais would be bilbo- and i was SO disappointed! i mean- he's hilarious... but bilbo? no. this guy looks really familiar, but i can't place him and i haven't seen either of those shows... hmmm...

    Ifans is so funny! I'm glad he got the part... although I'm not jazzed about a new Spiderman movie.

    And AIDEN TURNER!!!! He's no Russell Tovey but!!!! I love Being Human so much!!! Hooray for him getting the part! :)
    Thanks for the fun news! :)

  2. ah, ladies from numerous RA fan clubs will be overwhelmed by him getting the role in THE HOBBIT.
    I, myself, am happy with them bringing back my beloved Blanchett!

  3. I'm just glad the movie is finally a go!

  4. oooh, i'm super excited about Martin Freeman. That is a win.
    Also, i hope Bill Nighy is in it too, because I LOVE HIM.
    the end.

  5. I think so! I love Rhys Ifans in anything!

  6. aspiring: Ricky Gervais? Noooooo! He's fine as a comedian, but in a role like this he wouldn't do any good. Freeman is a much better pick. He was also in Love Actually and BBC's The Office. I'm not too keen on the Spiderman reboot, especially without Raimi at the helm, but with Ifans as the villain it's gained +10 cool points. After seeing Being Human I can't imagine Turner as a dwarf :P

    Dez: I don't get the big RA cult following. Is there something I'm missing? I'm so glad members of the original cast are coming back, too.

    Alex: I know how you feel. After all the back and forth this thing had it was a wonder that the thing got green lit at all!

    Falen: I'm trying to think about what roles Nighy and Tennant would play (since I'm certain Fry would be the voice of the dragon, it would make sense :P) My guess is they'll be part of the Battle of Five Armies at the end of the story, which may explain why they aren't confirmed since that would be in Part 2 (out in 2013)

    Talli: Totally agree with you. That man made Notting Hill worth watching, and was the best thing about The Boat That Rocked. Rhys Ifans FTW!

  7. I wouldn't know how to explain the RAmania :) There's a number of dashing British actors who are relatively unknown outside Britain and are not all that huge in UK either, but still have a huge fanbase, usually for being handsome and for starring in some period series or a film, usually a Jane Austen one :)
    Armitage probably has the biggest number of such fans. Very charming ladies, if I may add. Back when I put him in one of my BEST BRITISH GENT poll, those lovely ladies came and left more than 2,000 votes for him :)))
    The only one who has a stronger fan base than him is Gerard Butler :)

  8. I am so glad they're doing The Hobbit. It's bound to be a huge hit when it comes out. People have been waiting and waiting, and judging by the cast, it's bound to be great (she says, hopefully).

  9. Martin Freeman is a brilliant pick. So excited about this...

    Also entertained by the idea of a Fry-voiced Smaug.

  10. Dez: Wow, that's a hell of a fan base. To be fair, he followed up his role as the medieval villain in Robin Hood with a cameo as the sweet love interest for the Christmas Special of 'The Vicar of Dibley'. He's given the ladies the best of both worlds, no wonder he's so popular, hehe. I don't know how he'll fair as Thorin since I've only really seen him play bad guys.

    Helen: I've got a huge amount of faith in Peter Jackson's casting choices. Everyone he picked for LotR was fantastic, so I'm sure the same applies here too.

    Jared: Maybe there should be a Facebook campaign to ensure he becomes Smaug. After his vocieover work as in Alice in Wonderland and Fable III, he can do subtly sinister quite well.

  11. I don't think I could ever be a casting director...I don't care who does the job as long as they do it well. I'm just thrilled the Hobbit is finally going ahead :)

  12. Hey - I haven't seen a single thing RA has been in, but I did google him and will admit he's a hottie. That aside, I'm glad the movie is going to be made. Yay!!!

  13. Lynda: Lol, same here. I wouldn't want that kind of responsibility. Any choice these guys make is met with some kind of hostility.

    RaShelle: Lol, a few people I've spoken to have said the same thing, "I've no idea who he is, but I'll watch him in The Hobbit, he looks sexy" :P. He's a good actor though, so it's a damn good choice.


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