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Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Preview

Story by: Jack Foley

JUST one month after Neo completes his journey in The Matrix movies, another trilogy will draw to a spectacular close in December - that of Frodo and co in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The final film in Peter Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy trilogy will follow hobbits Frodo and Sam as they push farther into the land of Mordor to destroy the ring of power.

Still travelling with them, in an uneasy alliance, is the deceitful Gollum, who brings them to the very heart of Mount Doom.

Meanwhile, the warrior Aragorn, revealed to be the lost King of Gondor, travels to Minis Tirith with an army of undead soldiers and the remaining members of the fellowship to rescue the ancient city from Lord Sauron's grasp.

While details remain sketchy over many of the plot details (to all but avid fans of the novels), Entertainment Weekly provided quite a mouthwatering insight into what viewers can expect.

'The Return of the King' will showcase yet another creepy CGI marvel, in the form of Shelob, the globulous she-spider, whom Sam (Sean Astin) combats.

And there will also be another almighty battle, this time at Pelennor Fields, which is said to make the climactic Helm's Deep tussle, at the end of Two Towers, look decidedly 'cute'.

Naturally, given the name of the film, Aragorn will assume his rightful place as king.

However, anyone expecting an overly happy ending might do well to take heed of the words of Aragorn himself, aka actor Viggo Mortensen, who warned that, 'things happen, people die, and there's a darkness'.


One of the many talking points of the film also centres around its running time, with rumours persisting of a four hours and 20 minutes cut, and several cast members hinting at somewhere in the region of three hours and 30 mins.

What's beyond doubt, however, is that Jackson is likely to want to finish the series on a high, possibly surpassing the technical achievements of the first two films and nabbing that long overdue Oscar in the process - be it as best director, or best film.

As for the cast themselves, most are remaining tight-lipped, with Mortensen stating that all he knows is 'what's in the book and what we shot'.

"Judging from these last two movies, nothing Peter does [in the editing room] will be a surprise to me,'' he added.

Christopher Lee, too, remains candid about what he will reveal, despite telling The Guardian that he is very excited about the film.

"I have only seen a few short rushes of the film and I am still not sure how it ends," he states in a long interview.

"If I did, I still couldn't tell you. I have, however seen the schedule for Return of the King and it is hectic. The premiere is in Wellington then it is something like Berlin first, London the day after and then Copenhagen the day after that."

The horror veteran also remains very angry that the Academy has continued to snub the film in the top categories, firmly believing that The Return of the King will be the film which finally hands Jackson that sought-after statuette.

The film is due to open in the UK on Wednesday, December 17 and, no doubt, IndieLondon will bring you further updates as that release date approaches...

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