Lord of the Rings actor Hugo Weaving is set to reprise his role as Elrond in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy but Hugo admits that he was very much in the dark about the series. Hugo claims that he only found out that The Hobbit was going to be a trilogy when it was officially announced to the public.
Weaving explained, “I found out The Hobbit was going to be a trilogy quite recently, when everyone else found out about it. Originally, when I said goodbye to Pete (Jackson) in L.A., I said, ‘I’ll see you on The Hobbit,’ and he said, ‘Well, I’m not doing The Hobbit.’ And then, it was, ‘We are doing The Hobbit, but I’m not going to direct it.’ And then, it was, ‘Well, I am directing it now.’ And then, it was, ‘Actually, we’re doing The Hobbit in two films.’”
He added, “So, when I went to shoot it out there, there were two scripts and two films. Now, I’ve just found out, not that long ago, when it was announced. He said, ‘Well, we’ve got all this fabulous material and these wonderful people.’ They hadn’t filmed the final battle sequence yet, which would have been at the end of 2.”
While it is widely known that Peter Jackson is definitely making The Hobbit into a trilogy, Hugo admits that the constant changing has left him confused, although he is pleased that The Hobbit will be a trilogy, “For a number of reasons, they decided that there are three films in there. I hope there are. I don’t know,” he concluded.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey also stars Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly and Benedict Cumberbatch and is set to be released in both the US and the UK on December 14.