Titles and Release Dates Confirmed for The Hobbit
05.30.11 by Ryan
Director Peter Jackson started production on the Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit back in April, and finally, partnering movie studios New Line, Warner Bros. Pictures, and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for the two part movie.
Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel, the first part of the movie will be titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — a play on the book's opening chapter title "An Unexpected Party," and will open December 14, 2012. The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which uses the book's subtitle, will follow on December 13, 2013.
Both parts are currently shooting in New Zealand, though the 3-D production has been far from easy, suffering from royalty lawsuit, original director Guillermo del Toro dropping out, actors unions tried to boycotting the movie, MGM filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and, most recently, an on-set explosion.
Jackson co-wrote the script for The Hobbit with del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens. The cast includes several returning cast members from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, including Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and, confirmed in the announcement, Christopher Lee as Sarumon. Newcomer cast members include Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield, and Sylvester McCoy as the wizard Radagast.