added: Thu, Dec 6th '12
With only a little more than one week away, a 13-minute Television Special (for international markets) has been released online for Peter Jackson's first chapter of his precious prequels, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." The featurette titled, "Return to Middle Earth" features plenty of new footage and interviews with the cast and crew bringing this all new adventure onto the big screen.
"The Hobbit" is set to open in theaters on December 14th.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
directed by Peter Jackson
starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hunter, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt
release date December 14, 2012