Others have said it already, and I have to agree: just when we thought that the roll-call of acting talent on Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit couldn’t get any better, Jackson has revealed that the multi-talented Stephen Fry has joined the cast as The Master of Lake Town.
 
There are so many potentially good science fiction and fantasy films on the horizon that it's getting harder and harder to keep up. Below you can watch five recently released trailers I discovered after coming back from holiday. Look out! Some fantastic films are coming our way soon (well, hopefully a few of them turn out to be fantastic anyway...).
 
Now that his governing days are over, Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to return to the Terminator series of films that first launched him to international stardom. Deadline reports that Schwarzenegger is attached to a rights package being shopped around Hollywood that will possibly send him back into robotic apocalypse once more. It’s not clear whether the rights holders are aiming for a sequel, prequel or a complete relaunch.
 
Australian actor Guy Pearce has joined Ridley Scott’s Alien inspired science fiction epic Prometheus. There’s no word yet on what his role will be (or anyone else's role for that matter). Prometheus originally started out as an Alien prequel, but has since morphed into an independent science fiction tale in its own right. The plot is being kept strictly under wraps, but from previous reports the film takes place in the Alien universe, but not as a direct linked prequel or sequel to Scott’s original 1979 film (or the three Alien sequels that came after it).
 
It’s fair to say that when Marvel Studios announced back in 2008 that noted Shakespearean actor and director Kenneth Branagh was to direct Thor, there was an outburst of hysteria from some quarters. Even some of us who are fans of Branagh’s work from way back were a little surprised by the decision as there doesn't appear to be a hell of a lot in his backlog of movies to recommend him for the helm of a big budget superhero adventure about a hammer wielding Norse god.
 
WETA Digital, the industry-leading and Academy Award winning visual effects house behind the wizardry of films such as Avatar, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and District 9, will host a livestream event on Facebook, for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. On April 13, at 2:30PM PDT, from WETA's headquarters in Wellington, New Zealand, WETA's Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon will give viewers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at their work on the film, a reality-based cautionary tale that blends science fiction and science-fact - and is the last big event movie of the summer.
 
The Adjustment Bureau has the makings of a first-rate SF movie. It looks great, has the pacing of a thriller and a refreshing focus on story and characters over effects with good performances all around (starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie and Terence Stamp). On one hand it’s a love story about two people who find each other, and keep finding each other, against the odds and in the face of a mysterious and powerful force that seeks to keep them apart. On the other it’s a thought-provoking rumination about the nature of free will and self-determination versus conditioning and pre-determination.
 
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Neil Gaiman revealed that American Gods is to be adapted for the big screen. Published in 2001, American Gods is Gaiman’s second novel and is said to be one of the most highly honoured works of modern fiction having won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Bram Stoker. The rights to this masterpiece of modern fantasy were only sold in the last week after years of discussion, so it's early days and there are few details as yet, but Gaiman has indicated that “There is one cinematographer and director on board who has many, many Oscars and is I think a genius, and I love the fact that he fell in love with this about six or seven years ago and has not given up and just kept coming back and kept coming back.”
 
Paramount Pictures has abandoned its attempt to create a new movie version of Frank Herbert's science fiction classic Dune. We told you recently that the project had been searching to find another director (a third director no less) after Pierre Morel had opted for an executive producer role, but now it appears it's all over - for Paramount at least. Reportedly the new Dune adaptation would have cost Paramount more than $100 million to get off the ground, and nervousness ruled the day. Deadline reports that the rights to Herbert's novel are about to revert back to their owner after four years.
 
A new behind the scenes featurette for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has been released by Warner Bros. and the signs are that director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves have indeed produced the suitably dark, dramatic and exciting conclusion to the series many of us were hoping for. The featurette includes new footage (with a first look at the Gringott’s dragon), interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Yates himself, who promises an epic finale with plenty of action.