Tolkien nerds! It’s finally here! The trailer for the first installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit two part movie series leaked last night! Unfortunately, you will have to wait a whole year because The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will not be coming to cinemas until 14th December 2012.
Thankfully Jackson has been generous, giving fans a two and a half minute trailer to watch as opposed to the usual fifty 10 second teasers we expect from other hyped movies. So what are my thoughts?
I love it! I can’t wait to get reasborbed into Middle-earth – the sets and the cinematography are absolutely jaw-dropping and with a gargantuan budget of $500 million, we can probably be expected to see even more. I’m still a bit skeptical about the decision to split the relatively short 1937 Tolkien novel into two films. It worked for the final Harry Potter book which had a huge amount of story, subplots and character relationships but was a terrible decision for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 which was an excercise in turgid, drawn out and contrived soap opera dramatics. Seeing as Tolkien’s world is so vast though – I’m hopeful that extending beyond the simple story of the book will work for viewers. If anyone can do it though, it will be Peter Jackson, as proven by his successful The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The Hobbit will see the return of The Lord of the Rings veterans Elijah Wood as Frodo; Ian Holm as the elderly Bilbo Baggins; Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Hugo Weaving as Galadriel, Legolas and Elrond respectively; Ian McKellen as Gandalf; Christopher Lee as Saruman; and as seen in the final moment of the trailer, Andy Serkis as everyone’s favourite CGI villain, Gollum.
The film will also feature a new cast of talented British actors such as Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo (nicely in sync with Holm’s mannerisms), TV veteran James Nesbitt, the wonderful Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake-Town, Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug The Dragon, and an imposing Richard Armitage (miles away from the Gimli-style dwarf we’ve come to expect from LOTR as Thorin Oakenshield). The film also sees Lost actress Evangeline Lily as an elf named Tauriel and former Being Human star Aidan Turner as dwarf, Kílí.
Feast your eyes on the trailer below:
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