Pictured (l to r): Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Thorin Oakenshield, Dori, Nori, Oin, Gloin.
I think we should applaud Peter Jackson’s bold decision to aim the first of the new Hobbit movies not at an audience that have never read the book, or indeed a book (but have come along anyway in order to know what a hobbit is, in order to laugh at people that read comics and call them Gollum) but at the more important youth market. Most particularly teenage girls that make up the important 13-17 year old girl demographic, and men that cried at Harry Potter. The Fotherington-Thomas market. Which are both wet and a weed.
Aside from Gandalf (Ropert Pattinson, Twilight), Smaug (Robert Pattinson, Twilight) and Bilbo (Blake Harrison, Inbetweeners) the remainder of the cast are being imported wholesale from Glee (the dwarves) and Hollyoaks (the goblins).
Current delays remain over the soundtrack, this being a musical. There being no songs to do with the Misty Mountain (Hop), discussing what the war is good for (absolutely nothing), how one must never stop believing - and especially for the climactic death of Smaug over the water, where there is to be smoke, Peter Jackson is said to be stumped.
Danny Elfman is considered to be biased. Albeit by the important 13-17 year old warg market. And men that cried at the end of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Hello clouds, hello flowers.