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Well, it seems like the time has come to go back to the Middle Earth. The much anticipated, much delayed and carefully crafted new motion picture trilogy produced, co-written and directed by Peter Jackson, the mastermind of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy finally launches on December 13 2012 with the release of the first Hobbit instalment, ‘An Unexpected Journey’.

The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey Poster

Peter Jackson revolutionized the film industry, put New Zealand on the map as the land where beautiful and impossible-to-make movies are actually being made. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was an overly successful screen adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic epic novel trilogy, eventually winning 11 Oscars for the third instalment  ‘The Return of the King’. Now, Peter goes back to the Tolkien’s universe, bringing to the screen the prequel to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ saga, “The Hobbit’.

Although ‘The Hobbit’ is much shorter and less detailed novel than ‘The Lord of the Rings’, as many as three Hobbit movies  will be made – the principal photography for the firs two movies has been completed, while the third one is yet to be finished. The second film, ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ is set for release in December 2013 and the third one, ‘There and Back Again’ will be released in July 2014.

A great part of the original cast and crew of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ was reunited for ‘The Hobbit’. Besides Peter Jackson himself, co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, illustrators John Howe and Alan Lee, art director Dan Hennah, cinematographer Andrew Lesnie and composer Howard Shore are also back.  Once again, props will be crafted by Weta Workshop and visual effects will be managed by Weta Digital.

The most notable newcomer was Guillermo del Toro, the famous Mexican director with ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and ‘Hellboy’ to his credit who was originally hired to direct ‘The Hobbit’ but eventually left the project due to the many delays. According to Peter Jackson, ‘del Toro’s creative DNA remains in the project’.

Some of the original ‘The Lord of the Rings’ actors reprise their roles in ‘The Hobbit’, most notably Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf,  Andy Serkis as Gollum, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Ian Holm as older Bilbo Baggins, Elijah Wood as Frodo, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. Martin Freeman is starring as Bilbo Baggins and the cast also include Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch,

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