Updates on Oranges and Sunshine, The Hobbit

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A few new tidbits on forthcoming Hugo Weaving projects: Oranges and Sunshine has finally been given a UK release date, 1 April 2011. The film will be released in Australia at around the same time (some sites give a 2 April date)… no word yet on its release in American or other countries but word of mouth remains strong. The film has a new Facebook page– not much content yet, but that should be forthcoming. Also, a few new pics (and one old one) of Hugo with lead actress Emily Watson, courtesy Icon UK’s website.   And I thoroughly appreciate Empire at least mentioning the film among its Anticipated Films of 2011 along with the more predictable, ballyhooed SFX extravaganzas. 😉 The only press interviews for the film thusfar were conducted at the Pusan and Roma Film Festivals last fall, where it premiered to positive reviews. Here’s a YouTube clip of director Jim Loach and Emily Watson in Rome. Hugo hasn’t done any official interviews yet, but has mentioned the film several times in interviews he did for Uncle Vanya, saying,  “Smaller projects like that are incredibly engaging… I absolutely love that kind of work.” (Sunday Telegraph, 31 October 2010.)

(in panorama) 😉

We’ve been waiting for months for confirmation that Hugo will sign up to reprise Elrond in The Hobbit… several film sites seem to think official news is imminent, including Obsessed with Film and Shockya.com. TheOneRing.net sensibly takes a more measured view, but confirms the rumor that Elijah Wood might return and that the story will in part be “Frodo experiencing Bilbo’s story” through reading an account of these earlier events (um… didn’t he already do that in LOTR?) 😉 But we should have official word about all of this shortly, because the project is due to (finally!) begin filming in February. Meanwhile, Hugo finished his run in STC’s production of Uncle Vanya on New Year’s Day, and is hopefully taking a break. No word yet on an American reprise, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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