Here is the first glance at the much anticipated prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It gives an introduction to the hobbit characters and a glimpse at a young Gollum.
Peter Jackson is again directing. The cast is large with many of the characters and actors returning. Bilbo Baggins is again play by Martin Freeman, Frodo by Elijah Wood, Gollum by Andy Serkis, Gandalf by Ian McKellen and Legolas by Orlando Bloom.
The film is in production now and due for release (US, Canada and UK) December 14, 2012. The second part The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released a year later on December 13, 2013.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.
Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…
Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.