Get a nice long look at some behind-the-scenes goings-on in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Kung Fu Panda‘s John Stevenson will direct Sherlock Gnomes
  • Is this our first look at the Hobbit trilogy’s Bolg the Goblin-king?
  • See pics of Mother Russia and Hit-Girl’s bike from the Kick-Ass 2 set
  • Check out more photos from Thor: The Dark World‘s Bourne Wood set

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Ten years ago this week The Fellowship of the Ring was released. Peter Jackson‘s first Tolkien adaption silenced a great many naysayers who said J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novels could never be properly translated to film. It also fostered a mainstream interest in fantasy movies that continues a decade later.

The development of a film based on Tolkien’s original Middle-Earth novel, The Hobbit, was the subject of speculation as soon as Jackson started work on The Lord of the Rings. Actually making the movie was a terrifically complicated process that involved rights deals, the financial solvency of MGM, a long period of development under original director Guillermo del Toro, and the eventual return of Peter Jackson to the director’s chair.

Now the first teaser trailer — a long teaser, at that — has been released for the first of two films based on the novel. Get the first look at footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, after the break. Read More »

At this point what more is there to say about yet another dwarf reveal from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? (Other than, perhaps, “uh, where’s Thorin?”) Here is the latest image dispatch from Peter Jackson‘s version of Middle-Earth, featuring Ken Stott as Balin (on the left) and Graham McTavish as Dwalin.

These two guys are peers, more or less, for Thorin, the dwarf who assembles the company that travels from the Shire to the Misty Mountain. We’ll likely see Thorin next week, and hopefully a couple of the new human character, too. In the meantime, see the full new image below. Read More »

Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) are the latest actors to join the cast of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel. Lilly will play a character written just for the films, a “Woodland Elf” named Tauriel, while Humphries will fill the role of the Goblin King. According to Jackson, the addition of Lilly and Humphries “just about rounds out the major casting.” And in case you were wondering, Jackson specifically states that Tauriel will not be making a love connection with fellow elf Legolas. Read Jackson’s full statement after the jump.

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