This year is destined to break a lot of box-office records with so many huge movie releases like The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers and much, much more. But if that’s not enough Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (part 1) is coming later this year.
Today MGM has released new images via Entertainment Weekly from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Check out the images. You may recognize some familiar and new characters from The Lord of The Rings franchise.
Set before the events of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. 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 mighty dragon Smaug.
Part one of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is scheduled to open in theaters on December 14th, 2012. The film will star Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lily, Luke Evans, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, Aidan Turner, Brian Blessed (rumored,) James Nesbitt, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Graham McTavish, Dominic Keating (rumored,) Barry Humphries, Sylvester McCoy, Billy Connolly, Dean O’Gorman, Ken Stott, Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, Stephen Hunter, John Callen, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton, Adam Brown, Mark Hadlow, Michael Mizrahi, Ryan Gage, Renee Cataldo, and Ray Henwood. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro wrote the screenplay, which was adapted from the story by J.R.R. Tolkien. Peter Jackson directs.
Sources: Entertainment Weekly, Movieweb