The first trailer for The Hobbit reveals some of the obstacles that await Bilbo Baggins on his quest.
In the story, Bilbo is chosen by wizard Gandalf to travel with 13 dwarves in an attempt to get their treasure back from a dragon named Smaug. The trailer shows some of the main protagonists of The Lord of the Rings, such as Galadriel, Elrond and Gollum.
The Peter Jackson-directed film starring Martin Freeman will launch a new trilogy set in Middle Earth, the fictitious world created by British fantasy pioneer J.R.R. Tolkien.
The footage was vivid, with grass blades, facial lines and soaring mountains appearing luminous and pronounced. The actors looked almost touchable, as if they were performing live on stage.
The movie could usher in a new era of filmmaking and require film houses across the globe to embrace digital technology.
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Third Hobbit film set for July 2014 release
The final installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy has been officially named The Hobbit: There and Back Again and will be released in July 2014.
The film will open in two years time, just seven months after the release of the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Hobbit movie to be a trilogy
Peter Jackson has confirmed that the Hobbit film project will be extended to a trilogy.
“It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, A tale that grew in the telling,” the BBC quoted Jackson as posting on his Facebook account. The firstinstalment is due out on 14 December and the follow-up on 13 December 2013.
Rumours that a third film was in the works surfaced last week.
FIRST LOOK: Hobbit's new Comic-Con poster
With Comic-Con just a couple of days away, July 12-15, the anticipation grows intense for all the collectibles, toys, T-shirts and posters available on the floor at the San Diego Convention Center, and directors Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and Sam Raimi have released peeks at the lush look of their upcoming films.
Jackson previewed a poster for The Hobbit on his Facebook page this weekend, featuring Gandalf walking along a bucolic path in Hobbiton. Ian McKellan plays the wizard as he did in Lord of the Rings.
Benedict Cumberbatch visits zoo for Hobbit role
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch visited the London Zoo to prepare for his role in The Hobbit.
Peter Jackson on The Hobbit's new technology
Critics and audience worldwide might have given a mixed reaction to the first glimpse of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but the director believes it could usher in a new era of filmmaking with its digital technology, just the way filmmakers James Cameron and Steven Spielberg set a revolution with 3D and mo-cap (motion capture) in Avatar and The Adventures of Tintin respectively. DIRECTOR SPEAK
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