Some Stills & Speculation on The Hobbit and Prometheus

Film Drunk dropped this still from Prometheus featuring Noomi Rapace gazing awestruck at something out of frame, which is interesting considering the most intriguing part of the photo is the pair of space jockeys behind her:

Here’s the photo again, lightened considerably to show the jockeys more clearly:

While the mysterious aliens and the tunnel surrounding them recapture H.R. Giger’s iconic style from the original Alien series, Rapace’s spacesuit looks wildly out of place in the gloomy environment. It could just be my obsessive love for Mass Effect talking, but I think the outfit’s looking very much like something Cerberus might design.

Update: Cinema Blend now reports that actress Kate Dickie supposedly spilled some mildly spoilerish plot details in a UK Tabloid, but as they mention, those types of magazines aren’t exactly the picture of accuracy. Keep that in mind while you read on, but remember there are potential spoilers:

…she confirms that the plot takes a team of scientists – including Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Rapace — to the deepest corners of our universe when they uncover a hint to humanity’s start. Dickie says it’s her character, Mudow’s, responsibility to help awaken the crew from cryogenic sleep (after the long journey), and that things start to go horribly wrong when skeletal, alien monsters start hunting the crew through the chambers of their ship, Prometheus.

Not really any life-changing information there, but let speculation begin as to how much of that you’ll see in theaters, come June 8th.

Now switching gears a little bit, the same Film Drunk article also featured this photo of Martin Freeman all Bilbo’ed up in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

Hobbit fans: Note the cobwebs on the clothing.

In addition to the above photo, Geek Tyrant has this much more regal shot of Bilbo, seemingly at the beginning of his adventure:

Anyone else who’s seen the fantastic BBC series Sherlock can attest to this; Martin Freeman is a fantastic actor, and I’m majorly excited to see him play Bilbo. I never liked Frodo in the novels, but Bilbo – now that’s a hobbit.

Speaking of Sherlock, Freeman’s on-screen pal Benedict Cumberbatch (the eponymous Sherlock Holmes) recently did an interview with Empire in which he talked a bit about his dual roles in the film. Possible plot spoilers below:

I’m playing Smaug through motion-capture and voicing the Necromancer, which is a character in the Five Legions War or something which I’m meant to understand. He’s not actually in the original Hobbit. It’s something [Peter Jackson]’s taken from Lord Of The Rings that he wants to put in there.

Empire then went on to speculate as to the possibilities of the ‘Five Legions War’ Cumberbatch references:

Readers will know that the Necromancer is Sauron, and that Gandalf disappears halfway through (the book of) The Hobbit to lead a coalition force and drive the Necromancer out of his Mirkwood stronghold. But in the book they dispatch the Necromancer back to (as it turns out) Mordor well before the Battle of Five Armies. Here, however, it looks like he’s going to turn up to the finale in person, presumably at the head of the goblin and Warg army, and face Gandalf’s team there.

If that is the case, it’s a narratively neat way to combine the two story threads, that of Bilbo and the dwarves and the other following Gandalf and his team. It also gives the goblins a stronger motivation to suddenly turn up: in the book, they’re avenging the earlier death of one of their leaders and (like all the other armies present) hoping to get their grubby hands on the dragon’s hoard. If they’re incited or led by Sauron, however, their actions will hang more coherently with their behaviour later in Lord Of The Rings.

It’s a pretty logical deduction on the part of Empire, and it wouldn’t at all offend my loyalist sensibilities to the source material. Jackson made some equally large changes to the Lord of the Rings in his adaption of the trilogy and they all lent to a more engaging story. The more I hear about its development, the more excited I am for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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