Sitting down with Digital Spy for the UK release of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ on DVD and Blu-ray (April 8th), Richard Armitage and James Nesbitt shed some light on the second part of ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ First up, Richard Armitage was asked about the future of the relationship between his character Thorin Oakenshield and Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins in the the upcoming film, “I think in ‘The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug’ the relationship developes and is enhanced. It becomes a very firm friendship, which, in ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again,’ that friendship becomes so tight…. and that’s something Tolkien looks at very much in the books. So we’re kind of building to that point in the film.”
James Nesbitt, who plays the disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave dwarf Bobur in the series, also spoke on ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ “I’m excited about ‘The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug,’ because now we’re up and running. Not only as a films, but with the Dwarves, we’re into it, we’re on our adventure. Now the journey is really taking off, there’s a lot to come. I can think of so much that is going to happen in ‘The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug’ that is very exciting. We introduce a lot of new characters, there’s a lot of danger lurking, we’ve got Giant Spiders, we’ve got the Forest of Enchantment…. there’s a lot of stuff going on. And then also I think we get to Lake-town, and Lake-town is an extraordinary set with extraordinary characters – some that are very close to me, actually.” Head on over to Digital Spy for the full interview.
The adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ was originally made as a two-part film, however Warner Bros, Peter Jackson, producer Fran Walsh and writer-producer Philippa Boyens announced last year that ‘The Hobbit’ films will be a trilogy. The release schedule for the subsequent two films are as follows: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th; while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014. Earlier in the week Peter Jackson took to his official Facebook page to reveal a 6-minute excerpt of the live event he hosted last week for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ providing us with a first official look at the film.
‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ recently became the 15th film in history to hit $1 billion in global ticket sales, not accounting for inflation. The film has grossed $302,075,203 million in North America and $708,100,000 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $1,010,175,203. The film, the first in a trilogy, has grossed roughly $37.3 million in its first 10 days of play in China, the movie’s final major market. The top foreign markets for ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ are as follows: Germany ($90 million), followed by the UK ($84.3 million), France ($44.9 million), Australia ($44.3 million) and Russia ($43.8 million).