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“Hobbit” cast gathers for media, but Peter Jackson still recuperating

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson assembled his “Hobbit” cast together and presented them to the media today in Wellington, New Zealand … the first official gathering ahead of this extremely anticipated two-part blockbuster adaptation.

Oddly enough, the only one missing from the gathering was Jackson, who said in a statement that we still was under “a medical form of house arrest.”

“I’d love to be with you all this morning, but I’m currently under a medical form of house arrest to prevent me from overdoing it, until fully recovered from my recent operation. I’ll be jumping back into it very soon,” he said.

“We take casting very seriously on every film we make, and we couldn’t be more delighted with the group of wonderful actors we have gathered here. Those of you who are familiar with The Hobbit will know the importance of the comradeship between Bilbo and each of his 13 dwarf adventurers. I couldn’t be more excited about working with these actors, and the others soon to join us. I’m feeling these movies are going to be something very special,” Jackson added.

The two-part “Hobbit” films will be shot back-to-back beginning in six weeks. They’re scheduled to be released in December 2012 and 2013.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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