THE MOVIE: A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit or The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is directed by Peter Jackson and is expected to hit theaters December 14, 2012. Cast-members include Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Sylvester McCoy, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom.
Updates: Dark Horizons notes that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled for Dec. 14, 2012, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be in theaters Dec. 13, 2013.
CBM has new pics of Elijah Wood as Frodo. CBM got a blurb from Empire from the LOTR actor Bret McKenzie on his role in The Hobbit. Oh, and Cumberbatch talks about playing Smaug at CBM. CBM has a statement from Viggo Mortensen which sort of explains why he’s not in the new movies.
More pics and plot details at CBM. A new pic via CBM and Empire. Oh, and CBM linked an interview from Digitalspy.co.uk about how Fry literally goes nuts with his role. Comicbookmovie.com uploaded a pic from Total Film of Hot Fuzz’s Martin Freeman as Bilbo. And more pics via CBM and Empire.
Some new pics. Collider talked to Hammer thespian Christopher Lee about his return as Saruman, but obviously with a different affiliation than in LOTR. Must be tough having to dig your own latrine. New pic of Bilbo with a sword, courtesy of CBM. AICN cited an EW interview with Real Steel actress Evangeline Lilly, in which she discusses playing an original elfen character. EW.com has some new photos from The Hobbit. Check out the new Comic-Con poster! Entertainment Weekly offers some new banner-sized posters. The Playlist has new photos of Andy Serkis & Martin Freeman.
What was once two, shall now be three. Peter Jackson has officially announced plans to direct a third The Hobbit movie, which will likely cull material from the Lord of the Rings appendices. Expect a Summer 2014 release.