Wednesday 16 January 2019

Irish actor Aidan Turner brings Hobbit quest to hometown for Dublin premiere

Actor Aidan Turner pictured tonight at The Irish Premiere screening of
Actor Aidan Turner pictured tonight at The Irish Premiere screening of "The Hobbit the battle of the five armies" at the Savoy Cinema Dublin
Lee Pace (left) and Aidan Turner arrive on the green carpet for the premiere of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 1, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Hobbit. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Actress Jenny Dixon pictured tonight at The Irish Premiere screening of "The Hobbit the battle of the five armies" at the Savoy Cinema Dublin
Kirsty Blake Knox

By Kirsty Blake Knox

In the Hobbit films he's one of 13 dwarves that help Bilbo Baggins on his quest, but Aidan Turner was the only star to turn out for the Dublin premiere of the last instalment in the series.

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, released next week, is director Perter Jackson's final foray into the World of JRR Tolkien.

And Dubliner Aidan, who is already looking forward to his next project, says that after five years of work, the cast were "ready for it to end".

"It was emotional finishing the movies but not in a melancholy way," he said.

"It was more of a celebration. We were all ready for it to end. We've been working on it for five years.

"It's nice to end on a high note and to be in Ireland for the premiere."

Aidan (31), who plays the part of dashing dwarf Kili in the Hobbit trilogy, also spoke of his next project - Irish director Jim Sheridan's upcoming movie, The Secret Scripture.

The film adaptation of Sebastian Barry's 2008 novel is due to go into production in January and features an all-star cast, including Jack Reynor and actress Rooney Mara (of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fame).

The Hulk star Eric Bana and Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave will also appear in the film, which revolves around a woman's extended stay at a mental hospital.

"It's got a good few heads in it so it should be exciting," Turner told the Herald.

The actor will next appear in highly anticipated BBC period drama Poldark.

The eight-part series follows rebellious lead character Ross Poldark (Turner) as he returns home from the American War of Independence to Cornwall to discover that his father has died, his fiancée Elizabeth is now engaged to someone else and his home is overrun by drunken servants.

Based on Winston Graham's books, the period drama will also star Alice in Wonderland actress Eleanor Tomlinson.

"It's coming out in early March. I was shooting it for six months and I'm excited to see how it goes," Turner said. "Fingers crossed it goes well."

The remake is seen as a deliberate attempt by the BBC to rival ITV's massively successful series Downton Abbey.

It is hoped it will do better than the BBC's last period remake Upstairs Downstairs, which was cancelled after one series.

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