Several New Stills From The Hobbit Arrive Online
07.03.12 by Ryan
In lieu of another trailer or releasing any new footage, director Peter Jackson has done an excellent job of keeping fans engaged with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of Jackson's two-part prequel for The Lord of the Rings, with production videos from the New Zealand set (the seventh of which was released early last month). Luckily, Entertainment Weekly has released several new photos (via The Playlist), as the movie is featured on its most recent magazine cover.
While the photos aren't exactly revelatory, they'll have to do until Jackson and Warner Bros. release something new (likely at Comic-Con), but they do offer new looks at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum (underneath the layers of animation), and several of the dwarves in barrels (Graham McTavish as Dwalin, Adam Brown as Ori, Ken Stott as Balin, James Nesbitt as Bofur, Mark Hadlow as Dori and Jed Brophy as Nori). There's also a few looks at Ian McKellen as Gandalf, who promised EW that fans will be pleased with the two-part epic.
A lot of people weren’t even born when we were filming Lord of the Rings and only know the movies from watching them on DVD…. They’ll see Middle-Earth on the big screen in The Hobbit, and I guarantee there will be a lot of minds blown wide apart.
The Hobbit was adapted by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Guillermo del Toro, and Philippa Boyens from J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel. Other returning cast members include Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Orlando Bloom as Legolas and Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman. The rest of the dwarf cast includes Stephen Hunter as Bombur, William Kircher as Bifur, John Callen as Oin, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, Aidan Turner as Kili, and Dean O'Gorman as Fili.