14 May 2001
Lord Of The Rings Sneak Preview
The film version of JRR Tolkien's fantasy
adventure stars Ian McKellen, Cate
Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean and Liv Tyler and was filmed in
secret in New Zealand.
Special effects are now being added to the
three films - which will be released over
the next three Christmas seasons - to bring life to Tolkien's world of hobbits, trolls,
elves, monsters and wizards.
The short screening was greeted with a burst
of applause from its audience and producer's are planning
a number of events throughout the Cannes festival, including reconstructing some of the sets near to
Cannes, to promote the pictures.
Director Peter Jackson said: "I think
there is a huge amount of scepticism about the risks of doing
movies back-to-back, so this will be a primer to whet (everyone's) appetite."
The first part of the trilogy, which chronicles
the struggle between good and evil for the possession of a
magical ring, will be "The Fellowship of the Ring."
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