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A first glimpse of King Thranduil

Here you have it!

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013, we get to see what actor Lee Pace looks like as King Thranduil.

For reading more about the character of King Thranduil please click here.

For reading about the actor, Lee Pace, who plays King Thranduil click here.




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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013

I cannot quite contain my excitement. A few minutes ago I managed to catch theonering.net post on facebook about the newly released “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013”. I immediately hurried to the online website I buy books from and placed my order for it. Why? Well, because this is the OFFICIAL Hobbit Annual, published in advance of the amazing new movie by Peter Jackson, packed with stills, characters and information from the movie sensation.

Join Bilbo Baggins on his unexpected journey across the wilds of Middle-earth with Gandalf the Wizard and a company of thirteen Dwarves! This Annual is the ideal gift for all Hobbit and movie fans. Full of character profiles, Hobbit activities and information, this is the perfect companion to the blockbuster movie.

Here are some of the images from the Annual.


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Ian McKellen Updates His Blog: “Congratulations, dear Watson”

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So the news from McKellen’s blog is that Benedict has auditioned for a role in The Hobbit Films, and he has been added to the cast. Of course, we have not had a confirmation as to which character he shall be assaying. Though rumours are rife and the strongest one is that he shall be playing Bard the Bowman. 🙂


Though if you ask me, he has a very elven face. I would have liked to see him play Thranduil. Lee Pace is going to do a marvellous job, no doubt, but to me, Lee is more of a Legolas (yes, I heard that gasp, and no offence to the Bloom fans, just my humble opinion this… 😉 ) and Benedict is more of a Thranduil.


This is what McKellen writes in his blog:


The cat is out of the bag. The actor is named. The latest recruit to the Jackson troops is the superb Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Holmes to Bilbo’s Watson. Martin Freeman let it slip when he picked up his BAFTA.


Martin told me he was “chuffed” about the prize. So was the entire crew back here in Wellington; and about Benedict. Now, what can he be playing in The Hobbit?


Philippa Boyens showed me a snippet of his screen-test, played in close-up into the camera. It was electrifying, vocally and facially. Yes, what can he be playing?


To read the entire entry please visit here.

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Lee Pace as King Thranduil

Lee Grinner Pace (born March 25, 1979) is an American actor. Pace has been featured in film, stage and television. He is known best for his starring role as Ned in the ABC series Pushing Daisies for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe award and a Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2008.

Pace was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma. As a child, Pace spent several years in Saudi Arabia, where his father was in the oil business; the family later moved to Houston, Texas. Pace temporarily quit high school to act at Houston’s Alley Theatre before returning to graduate. At the Alley, he appeared in productions of The Spider’s Web and The Greeks.

Pace attended Klein High School in the suburb of Spring in Houston, Texas, with fellow actor Matthew Bomer.

In 1997, Pace was accepted by the Juilliard School’s drama division (Group 30). While there, he acted in several plays, including Romeo and Juliet as Romeo, Richard III in the title role, and Julius Caesar as Cassius. He graduated with a BFA and was a classmate of actors Anthony Mackie and Tracie Thoms.

Pace first gained recognition for his role in the 2003 film Soldier’s Girl, based on fact, in which he played the central role of Calpernia Addams, a transgender woman dating Army soldier Barry Winchell, played by Troy Garity. Winchell was murdered because of his sexuality and his relationship with Addams.

Of the role, Pace said:

“Not even my excellent training at Juilliard prepared me for my first movie role, where I played a transsexual who falls in love with a military guy in Soldier’s Girl. Here I was, this 6’3″ 190-pound lanky kid from Chickasha, Oklahoma, not knowing how to begin being a woman. So I saw documentaries about transsexuals, I lost twenty-five pounds, and I put on prosthetic boobs and hips to become that character. There were times I’d look in the mirror and wonder ‘what am I doing to my life here? My dad is going to kill me!’ But the reason I went into acting was to be able to play parts as complicated and important as this one. In playing a transsexual, I got the chance to help change people’s perspective about other people and that is a powerful thing. I’m playing a swashbuckling bandit in my next film, but I’ll always be proud of Soldier’s Girl.”

Pace won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and was nominated for several other awards, including a Golden Globe, for his work in this film.

He starred in the film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and in Tarsem Singh’s The Fall, both released in 2008. The Fall, was very well received amongst critics and viewers alike and where Lee starred in one of his most artistic roles. His next film was the movie Possession with Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Pace also played supporting roles in The White Countess, Infamous, When in Rome and The Good Shepherd.

He has recently been cast as Garrett in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

On April 30th 2011, it was announced that Pace would play the role of the Elven king Thranduil in Peter Jackson’s upcoming two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit“.


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Casting news on Peter J’s FB Page

Peter Jackson once again updates his Facebook Page with some news. He mentions the casting of two new actors to join the team.

The first is Dean O’Gorman who will be playing Fili. He is scheduled to join the crew in NZ by next week.

King Thranduil has finally been cast. And no, it is not David Tennant like the rumours stated. It is Lee Pace. And apparently, according to Jackson, “Lee has always been [the] first choice for Thranduil”.


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