The Hobbit actors have been making the news this week. Let’s see what they’ve been up to.
It’s been confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug) will play Hamlet at The Barbican Theatre in London for 15 weeks of the summer of 2015. Anyone who saw him in Frankenstein at The National Theatre in 2011 knows what a treat it will be to have Ben back on the stage. The official announcement will come with The Barbican Artistic Programme for 2015-16.
Martin Freeman’s film Svengali in which he plays Don, a record shop owner with a penchant for snazzy shirts, is now on general release in the UK. Martin can next be seen on US TV in Fargo, which will premiere on FX 15 April.
Richard Armitage (Thorin) has been in the news on a couple of counts. There was a first look at his tornado disaster film Into the Storm at CinemaCon earlier this week. The CinemaCon preview is on Thursday and Richard is confirmed as attending. In other news, a photo of Richard on the set of his new film Urban and the Shed Crew was posted on facebook. The photo confirmed his involvement with the film in which he’s cast as Chop, an ex-social worker. You can keep up to date with news of Richard with Richard Armitage Net.
Aidan Turner (Kili) began filming in Cornwall for the BBC TV series Poldark this week, ahead of the main shoot in April. Aidan plays the lead, Ross Poldark, in this new adaptation of the Winston Graham saga. Our reporter Evie Bowman will keep you up to date with the news on Poldarked.
Andy Serkis will make his directorial debut with Warner Brothers live-action film The Jungle Book. Andy was, of course, second unit director for The Hobbit.