Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson is set to delve even deeper into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien with the film adaptation of The Hobbit.
Starring Martin Freeman (The Office, Sherlock, Love Actually) as a young Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit is a prequel to the LOTR trilogy and features many of the aforementioned film’s characters, including Sir Ian McKellen‘s Gandalf.
A grand, expansive fantasy film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of two big-budget epics. It focuses on the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, the titular character of Tolkien’s novel, as he embarks on a quest to rescue the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon, Smaug, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Ever since the final installment of the LOTR trilogy, fans have been fretting over a screen adaptation of The Hobbit. Tolkien lovers will be delighted to hear that a date has finally been announced for the film’s premiere, with An Unexpected Journey to be screened for the very first time at Wellington’s Embassy Theatre in New Zealand on 28 November, two weeks before the movie’s release on 14 December.