In a message posted over at TheOneRing.Net, the director of the upcoming two-film adaptation of Tolkien's The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro, says that he "cannot imagine Gollum being played by anyone but Andy [Serkis]," the actor who portrayed the slimy, fish-chomping character in Peter Jackson's earlier Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The director hints that two other actors from the Rings trilogy are likely to return, but he's also careful to point out that situations this early in preproduction are very fluid. Animation tests for Smaug, the dragon antagonist of The Hobbit, are underway, as are tests of makeup designs and props.
Serkis, who astounded moviegoers the world over with his digitally mapped performance as Gollum, used similar technology when he played the title role in Peter Jackson's recent King Kong remake. Never one to pass on difficult or eclectic roles, the 45-year-old Serkis will soon portray iconic punk rock pioneer Ian Dury in the upcoming film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, directed by The Road to Guantanamo co-helmer Mat Whitecross. As Drury sort of seemed like a cross between Kong and Gollum when he performed, this makes a lot of sense.
So, which actors from Jackson's trilogy would you like to see return for The Hobbit?