Hob­bit crew re­turn for fi­nal-cut film­ing

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Film­ing on The Hob­bit tril­ogy will re­sume this month on Mt Craw­ford in Welling­ton, where a patch of bush has been trans­formed into a gut­ted citadel.

Sir Peter Jack­son’s spokesman, Matt Drav­itzki, said the site on Mi­ra­mar Penin­sula was be­ing pre­pared for a few days’ film­ing as part of 10 weeks of fi­nal-cut shoot­ing for the last two in­stal­ments of the tril­ogy.

‘‘We’re back film­ing in Mi­ra­mar for 10 weeks, here till early July. We will be film­ing on Mt Craw­ford for a few days.’’

He would not comment on the de­tails of the set or the film­ing.

How­ever, the set most prob­a­bly de­picts Dale, the town of men built in the shadow of the Lonely Moun­tain. Many of the yel­low townhouses with ter­ra­cotta roofs ap­pear to have been gut­ted by fire, sug­gest­ing the shoot­ing of scenes af­ter or dur­ing the at­tack by the dragon Smaug.

An­other set shows an elab­o­rate en­trance carved into a stone wall, pos­si­bly the gates to Ere­bor, the lost dwar­ven city where Smaug lives.

The next Hob­bit in­stal­ment, The Des­o­la­tion of Smaug, is due in cinemas in De­cem­ber.

Pro­duc­ers New Line pub­lished the first shot yes­ter­day of Lost ac­tress Evan­ge­line Lilly as elf war­rior Tau­riel in the movie.

Her char­ac­ter has an­gered some Tolkien purists be­cause she has been cre­ated by the film-mak­ers to give the male-dom­i­nated cast a bit of a fe­male touch.

Tau­riel heads the El­ven Guard and, as a wood­land Elf, is of a lower so­cial sta­tus than the likes of Ar­wen, Gal­adriel or El­rond.

There has been spec­u­la­tion of a movie ro­mance be­tween her and Or­lando Bloom’s char­ac­ter Legolas, al­though Lilly de­clined to con­firm or deny this. She said the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the pair was ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant’’.

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