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Well… no, not really. 😉 But Peter Jackson has finally begun answering his Twenty Questions solicited from fans a few weeks ago, and the first answer touched on Hugo’s character Elrond indirectly, as it involved the legendary White Council, which is oft referred to in The Hobbit but never directly depicted. (Gandalf just mysteriously disappears for awhile.) Anyhow those curious about Peter Jackson might expand the original story to directly portray more Tolkien lore can read Jackson’s full answer here, but here’s the bit that might involve Elrond:
“I’m not going to say just what and when, but I will confirm that both the White Council and Dol Guldur will feature in the movies. And not just in one scene either. Just how to visualise it has been a challenge, but fortunately Alan Lee and John Howe went crazy with ideas, and it should look pretty cool.
In fact to celebrate the start of these 20 questions, I’ll show you an exclusive photo of the White Council planning the attack on Dol Guldur! Even if you don’t want to be hit with spoilers, you should still take a look. For the first image of Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel brandishing an array of fearsome Elvish weapons, CLICK HERE!”…
…which led to this photo:
Since an earlier glimpse of the actors playing the Dwarves (filmed to raise money for a New Zealand earthquake telethon) was in a similar spirit, I’ll add that below. There’s also a charming interview/set-up with Ian McKellen, who lets slip a few hints about Hugo (and especially Cate) on set.
I’m actually glad they’re not giving too much away yet, and that everyone is having fun. Jackson can be very impish, but is an exacting taskmaster on the set too. 😉
There’s also a new press release from the production confirming the two films’ official titles (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again) and the recent bunch of cast additions, including Hugo… most of this will be old news to anyone keeping tabs on the films ;), but for those comforted by the most bureaucratic sorts of confirmation, Cinema Blend reprints the whole thing. The two films will be released in December of 2012 and 2013… meaning 2012 will be another major year for Hugo if Cloud Atlas is released on schedule.
A lot of movie blogs have glommed onto the two sentences in his recent Herald Sun interview about playing six characters in Cloud Atlas. (I suspect all of the six major cast members will do the same thing, though everyone here will agree that Hugo has the greatest scene-stealing potential under the circumstances). 😉 While it’s natural to be curious about such an ambitious project, it’d be nice if all those movie blogs would at least mention the film Hugo gave the interview to promote– Oranges and Sunshine– rather than just try to scoop/speculate about a movie that doesn’t even start filming until the fall.