These will be gracing this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly, but we’ve got them here for you to drool over. While they obviously aren’t anything huge or Earth-shattering, it is insanely cool to see the world of Middle-Earth once again. And seeing Ian McKellen back in his Gandalf outfit, is just a geek’s dream. For fun, I’ve included the captions from Peter Jackson on each image:
“He fits the ears, and he’s got some very nice feet”, Jackson says of his Bilbo. “I think he’s got the biggest hobbit feet we’ve had so far. They’re a little bit hard to walk in, but he’s managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait.”
”He’s in fantastic form,” Peter Jackson says of McKellan. ”In a way, his role in The Hobbit has more technical difficulties than Lord of the Rings did, because he has scenes with 14 smaller characters — obviously the dwarves and the hobbit are shorter… I remember saying to him [laughs], ”Look, this isn’t Waiting for Godot or King Lear. This is The Hobbit. This is the real thing.”
This is why I love Peter Jackson. Unlike many of the other director’s out in Hollywood today, he’s not uber-secretive. In fact, he loves sharing things with people, and showing off what he’s done lately. It’s a refreshing take on the production process, and one I really admire.
”There’s no way you can pace yourself for shoots like these,” Jackson says. ”When we were going through the schedule for The Hobbit, I felt a terrible drop in my stomach when I saw that we’d be shooting for 254 days. We’re only 12 days short of The Lord of the Rings even though we’re only doing two movies. When I saw that, I had to sort of pick myself up off the floor and carry on.”
Here’s the sad thing though. Now I really can’t wait for this movie, and I want more. While I was surprised to see official images so early in the filming, I’m really hoping now to get more. Unfortunately I don’t think that will happen for a little bit. Oh well, I can savor these for a while!