Where Are They Now? – Or How To Get Over BOFA Withdrawal Symptoms?

Battle Of The Five Armies

I am sure we all felt sad walking out of the movie theatre after having watched The Hobbit Battle Of The Five Armies, knowing this was the last chapter. Many went to watch it multiple times, but it was hard having to say “good bye” to characters we came to care about so much.
“Will you follow me one last time?” was bitter sweet, not only for us, but also for the cast.

Now we have to deal with post BOFA withdrawal symptoms. Buying to own the movie certainly helped! We are happy though to notice that all cast members moved on to new projects, and we are taking this moment to research where we can see them again in the near future.

Peter Jackson and Lee Pace

Andrew Lesnie with Lee Pace on set of BOFA

Let’s look at the director Peter Jackson first. The website IMDb
shows him as the producer of The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun to be completed in 2016.

Lee Pace looks very busy having completed the TV series The Mindy Project in 2015, as well as Halt and Catch Fire. Two movies Revolt and The Program are listed to be in post-production, and Reds and Grays is in pre-production.

Luke Evans

Luke Evans Bard the Bowman

One of our favorites, Luke Evans, has so many projects even the most dedicated fans can’t keep up with his full schedule! Almost immediately after doing some promo work, he filmed Message from the King in Los Angeles, did a quick appearance for Fast and Furious 7, he is currently filming Beauty and the Beast, where he plays the villain Gaston. He played Richard Wilder in High Rise, which is listed to be in post-production and three other films Free Fire, Three Seconds and SAS: Red Notice are already in pre-production.

Additionally he made an appearance at HobbitCon 3 in Bonn and one just recently at the Shanghai Comic Convention, and our heads are spinning.

Another busy actor is Richard Armitage. He went on stage in Crucible last year, is on TV in Hannibal right now, and lists three movies in post production on IMDb Pilgrimage
, Urban & the Shed Crew and Sleepwalker
.

Richard Armitage as Thorin

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield

Martin Freeman is working on Fun House and Captain America: Civil War. He continues to play Watson in Sherlock and also stars in Funny Cow, which is in pre-production.

Ian McKellen, Gandalf in The Hobbit movies, is Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes. His TV movie The Dresser is post production while he is playing aongside Luke Evans in Beauty and the Beast and filming Animal Crackers as well. There is also the rumored Untitled Noel Coward Biopic and delayed The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet.

Orlando Bloom is filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales after having finished Unlocked and Digging for Fire.

Aidan Turner is lending his voice to Loving Vincent while his The Secret Scripture is finishing up in post-production. He has also become a television sensation with his series Poldark.

We are looking forward to a new Marvel movie Ant-Man premiering July 17th in the US with Evangeline Lily, and the preview looks very promising!

Evangeline Lily

Evangeline Lily

Rounding out the field are Graham McTavish who lists Creed and The Finest Hours in post-production while getting ready for The Stolen, and Jed Brophy, our Nori, is preparing for his role in a Western movie Trail’s End, and has The Dead Room finishing up.

There are too many to list, Adam Brown and Stephen Frye amongst others, all are working on new films and projects. We are waiting to see the cast of The Hobbit in many new successful roles and are wishing everybody the best.

We’re Going To Need A Bigger Boat! Or Why CGI Deserves More Credit!

Martin Freeman as Bilbo

While there are many movie critics out there that feel a certain nostalgia for the movies of their childhood before Computer Generated Images (CGI), and compare the 90’s Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles with the new recent blockbuster version of TMNT, we feel that the CGI technology does not get enough credit.

Sure, I am old enough to remember Godzilla and the original King Kong , but while I enjoyed those as a kid, not knowing any better, I doubt I would now.

The movie industry started to change with Steven Spielberg. When “We’re going to need a bigger boat!” inJaws meant “we are going to need bigger movies”, and “bigger is better” became the new concept and business model in Hollywood.

After being awed by Jurassic Park in 1993,I was completely blown away by Avatar and, judging by the applause at the end of the movie, I was not alone and who didn’t love watching a car transform into Optimus Prime in Transformers?

Transformers

Optimus Prime

As correctly stated by IO9.

“Our old friend Gollum would have just been an emaciated man covered in pounds of makeup to try and capture a fraction of his CGI creepiness.”

And

Smaug and The Hobbit would never have been made outside of a full-on cartoon, and the actors in Lord of the Rings’ series would never have been able to get the Oscar attention they did without all the awesome CGI armies drawing in hordes of fans.”

Gollum in The Hobbit

Andy Serkis as Gollum in The Hobbit trilogy

There are still problems with using CGI, but it is one of the best new tools filmmakers have. There is a long way to go, but it has the potential to get better and cheaper with every new movie made. Without it, we would not be able to look forward to Marvel and DC comics of our childhood making it to the big screen in the near future.

After all, movies are supposed to entertain and take you to a different place for a little while.

So the next time you see a movie with a lot of special effects and use of CGI in it, besides crediting the actors for their performances, also think of the artists and the animators behind the scenes who made the movie possible.

[Image via Warner Bros.]