Lord of the Rings actors Urban and Wenham in new fantasy movies

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Karl Urban en David Wenham speelden eerder samen in The Lord of the Rings en zullen binnenkort te zien zijn in nieuwe fantasy films.

Karl Urban, die eerder Éomer in The Lord of the Rings en Bones in Star Trek speelde, zal de rol van Gavin vertolken in de reboot van Disney’s Pete’s Dragon. De originele film werd in 1977 uitgebracht en combineerde live action met animatie. Het was de eerste Disney film die was opgenomen in Dolby Stereo geluid.

In de reboot, die 18 augustus 2016 in de bioscoop te zien zal zijn, zullen ook Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, Jurassic World, The Village), Wes Bentley (Interstellar, The Hunger Games, American Beauty) en Robert Redford een rol spelen. De nieuwe film Pete’s Dragon zal worden opgenomen in Urban’s prachtige thuisland Nieuw-Zeeland en zal geen musical zijn. Dat belooft veel goeds.

Ook zijn er nieuwe namen bekend voor Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Orlando Bloom zal opnieuw te zien zijn als Will Turner en David Wenham (Faramir in The Lord of the Rings) heeft ook een rol bemachtigd in de vijfde Pirates film als het personage Scarfield. Het is nog wel even wachten tot de film uitkomt. Pas op 12 juli 2017 is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in de bioscopen te zien.

Bron: Movie Casting Call

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Karl Urban and David Wenham starred together in The Lord of the Rings and will playing in new fantasy movies soon.

Karl Urban, who played Éomer in The Lord of the Rings and Bones in Star Trek, will be taking on the role of Gavin in the reboot of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon. The original movie was released in 1977 and combined live action with animation. It also was the first Disney feature film recorded in Dolby Stereo sound.

In the reboot, which will be released on 18th of August 2016, will also be playing Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, Jurassic World, The Village), Wes Bentley (Interstellar, The Hunger Games, American Beauty) and Robert Redford. The new Pete’s Dragon will be shot in Urban’s magnificent home country New Zealand and won’t be a musical. Sounds very promising to me.

Also new names are known for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Orlando Bloom will be back as Will Turner and David Wenham (Faramir in The Lord of the Rings) caught himself a role as the character Scarfield. We still have to wait quite some time, since Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales won’t be released until the 12th of July 2017 in cinemas.

Source: Movie Casting Call

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Part 5: The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest | Day 3: Hobbit & LOTR Filming Locations

This blog is part five of my journal about my unexpected journey to New Zealand, as winner of The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest. Today we flew to Queenstown and did a tour around filming locations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in Paradise.

THIS BLOG IS PART FIVE OF MY JOURNAL ABOUT MY UNEXPECTED JOURNEY TO NEW ZEALAND, AS WINNER OF THE HOBBIT FAN FELLOWSHIP CONTEST!

Day 3: Hobbit & LOTR Filming Locations

We had to get up early upon our hobbit feet to the airport of Rotorua. With Air New Zealand we flew in a private Hobbit Fan Fellowship airplane to our next destination: Queenstown!

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On our way to Queenstown with Air New Zealand
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Arrived in Queenstown!

Queentown is located on the southern island of New Zealand. My jaw dropped when we got off the airplane: what a different landscape! On the northern island we saw green little hills, but the airport of Queenstown lies in a valley formed by huge mountains with beautiful white snowy tops, close to the azure blue lake Wakatipu. This was probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.

We were greeted by the crew of Nomad Safaris to take us on a tour around filming locations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit triologies. The jeep’s license plates were even in style: our jeep’s called Eowyn.

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With Nomad Safaris touring around Queenstown
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In the jeep with the lovely Emma Bell, our host from Tourism New Zealand
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Jeep’s licensce plate Eowyn

We were brought on top of Queenstown Hill, the filming location of the most epic safety video ever made by Air New Zealand, starring Dean O’GormanSylvester McCoy, Elijah Wood, Richard Taylor and Peter Jackson. 

Here we had a gorgeous view over Queenstown, lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables, or Extendables as Peter Jackson called them, the mountains which he used to represent the Misty Mountains. Moreover, we saw the hill from which Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) falls after the fight with Sharku (Jed Brophy) during the Warg attack in The Two Towers. 

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View from Queenstown Hill: The Remarkables or the Misty Mountains
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Me on Queenstown Hill
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Panorama Queenstown Hill
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Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

Next stop was Arcadia Station in Paradise near Glenorchy. To get here, we drove alongside lake the gorgeous lake Wakatipu surrounded by mountains. As the name predicts, Paradise is absolutely stunning! The colors, the mountains, the forests… No wonder that this area were the filming locations of Isengard and Beorn’s home.

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Paradise, filming location of Isengard
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Isengard in The Lord of the Rings
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Gandalf and Bilbo meeting Beorn
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Paradise, the filming location of Beorn’s home
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With beautiful trees

On the road to Arcadia Station we received another video message from Peter Jackson in which he announced a treasure hunt. In the forest around Beorn’s home there was something hidden. The one who would find it, would earn a seat next to Peter Jackson during the private screening of The Battle of the Five Armies on our last day in Wellington. The 150 contestants tried to find this treasure, which was a kind of chaotic. But Ann from Belgium and our Wizard team found the precious: a huge golden ring. Go team Wizard!

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Wizard Ann from Belgium with the precious (Photo by Tourism New Zealand)

After our afternoon tea and picknick with mr. Frodo scones we travelled further from Glenorchy to Twelve Mile Delta. Alongside the road where the filming locations of the Elven Lothlórien Woods and the site of the battle of Amon Hen, where Boromir is fatally wounded in the battle with the uruk-hai Lurz and Merry and Pippin are captured.

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Hobbit Picknick
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Battle of Amon Hen
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Forests where the Battle of Amon Hen is filmed

Twelve Mile Delta is the filming location of Ithilien. Here is where Frodo, Sam and Gollum cook some ‘paters’, encouter the Oliphaunts and are being captured by Faramir and the rangers of Gondor.

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“That’s where they sat, yeah!”
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Oliphaunts in The Two Towers
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The filming location of Ithilien, Twelve Mile Delta
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Frodo and Sam at Ithilien in The Two Towers
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Our best acting skills as Frodo and Sam
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Shot by a Gondor ranger’s arrow
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Matagouri thorns were used by early Māori as tattooing needles
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Some beautiful landscapes around Queenstown
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Some beautiful landscapes around Queenstown

We ended our safari at AJ Hackett Bungy, above de Kawarau River. In The Lord of the Rings this is the river where the Argonath are located. Here we had diner and had the opportunity to zipline and to bungy jump: a 43 meters drop. Like Peter Jackson mentioned, “My brain isn’t wire to jump off a bridge”. I couldn’t agree more, so I didn’t jump, but the brave Arjen did.

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AJ Hackett Bungy diner
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Bungy platform AJ Hackett Bungy
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Argonath in The Lord of the Rings
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Arjen at AJ Hackett Bungy

I really understand now why New Zealand is called real Middle-earth. The filming locations we saw today were almost unreal. Everywhere we looked felt like we’re out of this world… in Middle-earth.

Here’s the video blog of day three by Tourism New Zealand:

In my next blog I will tell you about day four of The Hobbit Fan Fellowship journey, when we did a tour with Southern Discoveries around the beautiful area of Queenstown and we shot some zombies in 4D…