Warning: fangirl raving imminent.
The first time I saw the first Fellowship of the Ring trailer in a cinema, it took me totally by surprise. I really liked the book, but given that every other fantasy movie ever made has been located somewhere toward the "embarrassing rubbish" end of the spectrum, I didn't have any great expectations. Then I saw the trailer. I flushed hot. I went so hot I ended up taking several layers of clothing off. I started to shake. I sat through the first half-hour of the film - I can't even remember which one - shaking uncontrollably.
It was love at first sight. It was like a believer finally seeing proof of God.
I don't expect you to understand ... unless you do.
So I've been
So here's the guy playing Bilbo Baggins:
Perfect, perfect casting. Martin Freeman played the nice guy in the original UK version of The Office. He's brilliant at sweet and funny. Safe money was on him getting the role.
Then it started to get a bit, um ... left field. This is the guy playing Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the dwarves:
Um. Um. I'm not complaining - Richard Armitage is hot and is also a genuine fantasy fan, so good on him. Go geeks! Go geeks in leather!
But ... he's not my idea of what a dwarf looks like. I'll be fascinated to see what they do with prosthetics and beards.
Then it got shocking. I screamed out loud. Well, squealed, really. Kili is being played by Aidan Turner:
Yes, the very image of hot Irish heaven. The man who convinced me vampires could be interesting.
Dwarvish, though? I don't think so. Elvish, more like. Let's have another picture of him while I wipe my keyboard:
Oh yes, and Kili's twin brother, Fili, is to be played by Rob Kazinsky, whom I understand is a pretty popular actor too, though in programmes I don't watch:
I can see the Dwarvish race is getting a bit of a face-lift.
Full details and all the breaking cast news can be found at The One Ring, of course - possibly the best-organised and most powerful fansite on the net.
I can't wait to see who Jackson picks to play Bard the Bowman...
* "Dwarves" is how Tolkien spells it. Though not, I found out, how Harlequin Spice does.