. . . a motherfrackin’ Hobbit, bitches! Booyah!

It is official: Peter Jackson will produce and Guillermo del Toro will direct the big-screen adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, along with a second film bridging the gap between the prequel and The Lord of the Rings. I cannot adequately state what a gigundous nerdboner I have for this whole thing. Rumor has it that Ian McKellin is already set to reprise his role as Gandalf, along with Andy Serkis as Gollum. There’s a part of me that thinks if these two guys can’t or won’t do the films, the films maybe shouldn’t be done. I can’t wait to find out who plays Beorn, or Bard the Bowman. Or who voices Smaug. And you know the Wargs are gonna be bad-ass. And Mirkwood! Don’t even get me started on Mirkwood!

But I’m most curious about the second film. There’s a ton of material in the LotR appendices, along with all the notes published since The Silmarillion, but it hasn’t all been collected into a single narrative piece.

So who’s gonna play all these new parts? I know I’ve asked this before, but it’s my favorite game: Cast The Movie. Any suggestions?