The final instalment of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit will be directed by Peter Jackson and according to some reports, it is going to go out with a bang. Jackson’s The Battle of the Five Armies is expected to reach new heights and it is reportedly set to be dramatic and bold.
Peter Jackson shared his plans for The Hobbit big finale with Entertainment Weekly, including an entire 45-minute battle sequence from the different factions of Middle Earth. Jackson said that there was a lot of logistics that had to be thought through, since they have orcs and dwarves and elves and men, all with different weapons, cultures, shields, tactics and patterns.
The battle is going to take place at the foot of the Lonely Mountain and the armies will be fighting to reacquire the treasure of Erebor. With such a large battle taking place, Jackson had to plan out the sequence properly. He said that before they could loose the first arrow, they had to design the landscape itself and figure out how much room are 10,000 orcs going to take up. They were wondering if the orcs are going to fill up the valley or look like a speck. After they answered these questions, they could then start drawing the arrows on the schematics.
Jackson shared the game play with Entertainment Weekly and he said that with such a long battle set to end the film, the producers of The Hobbit 3 did not want their audience to end up getting bored, with so many unknown extra characters. So according to Jackson, they had a rule that they are not allowed to get more than two or three shots of unknown people fighting without cutting back to their principal characters, because otherwise, the audience will just end up with battle fatigue.
Since the end of The Hobbit is supposedly becoming the introduction to The Lord of the Rings, it is expected that characters from the trilogy will appear as the The Hobbit 3 movie concludes. According to The One Ring, the official fanpage of The Lord of the Rings, Warner Bros. has released the cast list for The Hobbit 3, which included Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Ian Holm. However, a notable exclusion is Elijah Wood, which may mean that he will not appear in the film, but since Ian Holm is on the list, it is highly unlikely that Wood would miss the conclusion.
Warner Bros. also announced that the actor and songwriter Billy Boyd (Pippin in The Lord of the Rings) will write and perform the end credits song to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, titled The Last Goodbye. Boyd said that he wanted the song to be a goodbye to all the fans, who were a part of this amazing journey and he added that he feels incredibly touched and honored to be asked to write and perform this song and to be at the start and end of these beautiful, historic stories. To once again work so closely with them has been one of the true honors of Boyd’s working life. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies will be released on December 17.
By: Janette Verdnik