For a film 18 months away, The Hobbit is generating some interesting early buzz. New Line Cinema (now a part of Warner Bros.) and MGM have released today an image of a trio of Dwarves who will play the travel companions of the titular Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).
Dori (Mark Hadlow), Nori (Jed Brophy) and Ori (Adam Brown) are three brothers and traveling in the band of Dwarves intent on reclaiming their kingdom from malicious evil forces. Bilbo is drafted into the group as a burgler with the help of Gandalf.
In the original book by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Dwarven characters and not fully developed, but film, as a completely different medium, cannot rely on shortcuts and from the image it is clear Weta Workshop (the special effects team on The Lord of the Rings films) has designed and realized each of the trio with a distinct look. The designs seem consistent with the Middle-earth Dwarves Jackson already established in LOTR, but an effort has clearly been made to establish them with some individual personality.
Here's the caption that was released with the photo: "These three brothers, all sons of the same mother, could not be more different from each other. Dori, the oldest, spends much of his time watching out for Ori, the youngest; making sure he's not caught a chill or got himself killed by Wargs or Goblins. Nobody quite knows what Nori gets up to most of the time, except that it's guaranteed to be dodgy and quite probably, illegal."
The characters are shown in a photo studio, not on set, to excellent dramatic results. Costume colors are rich and detailed and hint a bit at the color palate planned for the film.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on December 14, 2012.