We have begun counting down the days with only four weeks remaining until we kick off the first installment in Peter Jackson
’s second Middle-earth film trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Just days after the first TV spot a second television commercial gives us a good look at the trolls or rather a snippet of Bilbo’s (Martin Freeman
) encounter with the trolls.
A second 30-second offers of course a mixture of characters – Gandalf played by Ian McKellen
, Thorin played by Richard Armitage
, and Gollum played by Andy Serkis
, and action ensues thereafter – sword fights and battles with trolls and rock monsters.
An Unexpected Journey also stars Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood
and Cate Blanchett
and opens December 14th, 2012.
Jackson has recently broken the news about the running time – he told Empire
that he expects it to end up around 2 hours and 40 minutes.
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.