After weeks of horrid new releases we finally have an opening that is worthy of world dominance. And we don’t say that figuratively.
Peter Jackson’s latest adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s tales of the magical Middle Earth has led him to “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which is the lead up to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
The film is close to opening at $200 million worldwide. It’s number one everywhere it’s opened, including here in the States with close to $85 million.
So the film is a monster hit, which is no surprise, but you may not be so familiar with the Brit who is headlining this tale: Martin Freeman.
As opposed to Elijah Wood as Frodo in “The Lord of the Rings” films—who most American audiences were familiar with from his work as a child actor—Freeman as Frodo’s uncle Bilbo, the main character of “The Hobbit” may not seem to be a bankable choice. Well, let’s just put it this way: Jackson was so keen on Freeman playing the part that he held off production on “The Hobbit” until Freeman’s schedule opened to take on the role.
But who is Martin Freeman? You may be asking yourself. Here’s a little WWTW bio.
He’s known best for playing Tim Canterbury in the UK version of “The Office” (basically John Krasinski’s Jim Halpert role in the U. S. version). He was also the lead in the forgettable adaptation of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” You may also remember him starred in a few Simon Pegg comedies—“Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” Most recently Freeman has spent the last few years playing Dr. Watson in the latest incarnation of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC, titled “Sherlock.”
But with two more Hobbit chapters on deck, it’s certain the next five years or so Martin will be dedicating his time to all things Middle Earth.
We’ll leave you with this little bit of comedy goodness from the folks at MTV, who this week asked Freeman, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis to play a little “Eff, Marry, Kill.” Enjoy.