Yesterday in Leicester Square London the world premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took place. Check out the two and a half minute video above.
Stars present included Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage and Sylvester McCoy.
This is the culmination of director Sir Peter Jackson’s work on The Hobbit trilogy who only completed the editing at week ago. Peter said “Saying goodbye to the cast was like this agonising long torture. But the real emotions will hit me in days to come.”
However Martin Freeman, hobbit Bilbo Baggins, said “The reason I’m not sad is because we are handing it over to the audience and sharing it with you. You’re the best fans in the world – you’re loyal and mad – so thank you so much.”
Sir Ian McKellen added a bit of intrigue by saying “I don’t believe necessarily this is the end of the journey”. Was Ian saying there more films to come? However today, at a press conference, Peter Jackson made clear that is was very unlikely that there would be any other JRR Tolkien’s projects saying “It’s a legal thing” with the rights owned by the Tolkien estate.
Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films and worked as second unit director on The Hobbit trilogy, was asked at The Hobbit 3 premiere about the recent Star Wars VII teaser and was it his voice? “I think I can safely confirm that is was me” but then added “Don’t tell anybody though!”
Andy also spoke of his delight at working with Peter Jackson behind the camera on all the Hobbit movies including, of course, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Other stars where also on the green carpet on Monday’s premiere night and included Stephen Fry, James Nesbitt and Billy Boyd.