The Lord Of The Rings fans can rejoice as the franchise is back with the prequel to the blockbuster trilogy. The Hobbit is the tale ...
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Like all the other films from the franchise, The Hobbit has also been directed by ace filmmaker Peter Jackson.
The Hobbit is a prequel to the Lord Of The Rings series and it's about the escapades of Frodo's uncle Bilbo Baggins.
The Hobbit will once again see Cate Blanchett playing the Great Elven woman Galadriel.
The mighty wizard Gandalf is played by none other than Ian McKellen.
In this picture, elves King Elrond is seen in the foreground, while Galadriel and Gandalf stand in the background.
Sly and slimy Gollum will be seen in this LOTR franchise The Hobbit too.
Talking about the difficulties faced while filming The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson has revealed the production of the Tolkien epic was almost moved from his native New Zealand to Britain because of a union dispute.
Studio executives went as far as scouting locations in Scotland and England when the row erupted in late 2010, said Jackson, who will host the world premiere of the first instalment of his trilogy in Wellington tomorrow.
“The Hobbit came very close to not being filmed here,” the Telegraph quoted the Oscar-winning director as telling Radio New Zealand.
“The worst time for me was when a huge box arrived in the office... this large cardboard box arrived and they had sent a location scout around England and Scotland to take photographs.
“They literally had the Hobbit script broken down into scenes, and in each scene there were pictures of the Scottish Highlands and England and this and that, to convince us we could easily go over there to shoot the film,” he recalled.
Fortunately, the dispute was settled when New Zealand’s conservative government amended labour laws to minimise union representation on set, also offering financial incentives to keep the production in the country.
As part of the deal reached with the government, the New Zealand tourism industry is using the trilogy to try to revive flagging visitor numbers, promoting the country as “100 percent Middle Earth” in a worldwide campaign.
The first Hobbit movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released globally in December.
The second, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is due in December 2013 and the final chapter The Hobbit: There and Back Again follows in July 2014.