13. Gollum’s in it.
Guillermo del Toro: “Gollum has a rather fascinating arch to go through, his alliance to Shelob and his period of imprisonment in Thranduil's. There can never be too much Andy.”
14. Ian Holm will be influential in the creation of Bilbo Baggins...
Guillermo del Toro: “The fact that Ian Holm is SO memorable means that PJ, Fran and PB did their job right. We will utilize him in some fashion for sure but the difficulty of the role will be better assessed after we do the scripts.”
15. ...and The Lord Of The Rings cast will return.
Guillermo del Toro: “The actors that have been approached may or not have appeared in the Hobbit as a literary work but still may appear in the second film as it “blends” into the Trilogy and expands.
Therefore what can be said is: Unequivocally, every single actor that originated a role in the Trilogy will be asked to participate and reprise it. If Health, availability or willingness become obstacles – and only in that case recasting would be considered.
Peter Jackson: “Like Guillermo says, apart from extreme circumstances, we would never recast a character who appeared in the LOTR trilogy. You can read The Hobbit and pretty much see which characters play a part.
The unknown facter is Film Two, which we are still developing. If we wished to write one of the LOTR characters into the narrative of Film Two, we would only do that with that actors blessing, and willingess to take part. Otherwise we'd take the writing in another direction.”