As a surfer-turned-fighter pilotThanks to the success of The Hunger Games in particular, Liam Hemsworth always has plenty of work coming in. He’s just taken on the role of a fighter pilot in action adventure pic Aurora Rising.From the sounds of it, this could be a Top Gun-style role for the Aussie actor, as he’ll be playing a surfer-turned-ace fighter pilot who becomes embroiled in a messy combat mission.In the aftermath of that opening skirmish, he’s recruited to be part of an elite team testing a new generation of aircraft – planes that will come in handy, since there’s a new international conflict just on the horizon.Relativity Media is backing this one, and has a script in hand from Christian Gudegast. There’s no word on a director yet, but that slot should be filled soon enough.Hemsworth has already worked with the company on corporate espionage thriller Paranoia, due out in the States on August 16, but still awaiting a UK date. Over here, he’ll next crop up in Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, which arrives on November 22.
Peter Jackson posts new pictureIt’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Hobbit helmer Peter Jackson, which would make sense as he’s been busy getting second film The Desolation Of Smaug ready for its December bow and digging into the post-production cycle on final trilogy piece There And Back Again. Yet he’s briefly surfaced on Facebook to report that he’s returned to the set for pick-ups on the film.Posting a brief message along with a picture of himself with Ian McKellen in full Gandalf get-up, Jackson says that it’ll be the crew’s last ever Tolkien shooting (cue lots of comments asking about Silmarillion and other possible stories) and that all involved are in for an intense few weeks.And for those of you who have been missing the behind the scenes blogs, a new one is set to hit soon, according to Jackson. So that’s nice.The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug finds our heroes finally tackling the scaly, gold-craving reptile with the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch and the likes of McKellen, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman and Empire Award winner Martin Freeman are all back for the film, which marches into our cinemas on December 13.