New Gallery of Photos for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Arrives Online
09.10.12 by Ryan
Warner Bros. has been keeping footage under lock and key for their upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of what is now a three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The first trailer dropped last December, and a slightly altered version — we're talking maybe 4 seconds of slightly different footage — arrived last month, while Peter Jackson's eighth production video revealed snippets of footage that Jackson had shown at this year's Comic-Con.
Luckily, Warner Bros. has released a new gallery of images with the launch of their new Hobbit movie app. Most of the images are dedicated to Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the company of dwarves he joins in order to "burgle" the treasure that the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) is protecting in Lonely Mountain, and, in particular, there are some great looks at Richard Armitage as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield, and Aidan Turner as Kili, though most of the other dwarves are represented as well.
The Playlist also managed to find a few other images as well, including the first look at Lee Pace as the Elven King Thranduil, who happens to be the father of Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Check out The Playlist's gallery here.
Jackson adapted the script for The Hobbit with Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens. The movie brings back plenty of familiar faces from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, including Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis, who voices and plays Gollum in motion-capture; Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Hugo Weaving as Elrond and Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman.
The newcoming cast includes Sylvester McCoy as the wizard Radagast, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Barry Humphries as the Goblin King, Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake Town, Mikael Persbrandt as the shape-shifter Beorn and Billy Connolly as Dain Ironfoot. The remaining dwarf cast includes Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Ken Stott as Balin, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, James Nesbitt as Bofur, William Kircher as Bifur, Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori, Mark Hadlow as Dori, John Callen as Óin, Peter Hambleton as Glóin and Dean O'Gorman as Fili.
An Unexpected journey will be released on December 19, while The hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will follow on December 13, 2013. There and Back Again closes out the trilogy on July 18, 2014.