Release Date: December 14, 2012
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, John Callen, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Aidan Turner, Billy Connolly, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Official Websites: TheHobbit.com
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Plot: For many millions of fans revisiting Tolkien’s Middle Earth for THE HOBBIT has been far too long coming. Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS prequel-masterpiece is the source material for three films, which means we’re still three years away from giving a complete The Hobbit film review. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is set for a December 2012 release date in the US, THE HOBBIT: THERE ARE BACK AGAIN in December 2013 and just recently announced, a third Hobbit film to follow, presumably in December of 2014 (although rumors abound that it will hit in the summer of 2014, or even push up the release of the second film). THE HOBBIT will offer a chance for star Sir Ian McKellan (X-MEN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) to reprise the role of Gandalf along side a younger version of Bilbo Baggins, played this time by Martin Freeman (HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY).
THE HOBBIT is the story of hobbit Bilbo Baggins, respected hobbit of the shire. When a group of dwarves, led by the legendary Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage of the BBC’s recent ROBIN HOOD series) come to his home at the behest of Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo is recruited to join in an adventure. Little does he know this quest will balance on the edge of his very life; forcing Bilbo to find both courage and cunning that are rare in his people. In the quest to the lonely mountain, Bilbo will also awaken a precious ring and its owner Gollum (Andy Serkis will reprise the role) all while fighting to reach the east and the dragon that awaits them.
THE HOBBIT met with some trouble initially when Director Peter Jackson (who also directed all three THE LORD OF THE RINGS films) decided he did not want directorial responsibility this go-round. After several botched attempts at finding a director to take over duties (so that Jackson could focus on producing) it seemed this project might be a non-starter. But eventually, director Guillermo del Toro took over, spending almost two full years in pre-production on the films, giving hope and excitement to fans that have been eagerly anticipating the films. Unfortunately, the film was delayed several times (New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. constantly bickered about production costs) and del Toro had to drop out. But with the wide-ranging critical and box office success of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, it was really only a matter of time until Peter Jackson would step back in and bring the treasured story to the big screen.
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