In “this is awesome” news, Entertainment Weekly just released its sneak peak of their latest cover featuring characters Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins (played by Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman) in the much anticipated two-part film series The Hobbit.
The films will follow Bilbo Baggins, uncle to Frodo Baggins (played by Elijah Wood), on his adventures throughout Middle Earth and his eventual discovery of The One Ring. Wait, is it considered a spoiler if you’ve already seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy?
Anywho, McKellen and Freeman look positively vitalized as they breathe new life into the film franchise which has been under the radar for the last eight years, due to the last film Return of the King being released in 2003.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to be released on December 14th of this year. The Hobbit: There and Back Again is slated for a December 13th release of next year. We will see the return of favorites such as Frodo Baggins, Legolas (played by Orlando Bloom), Gollum (played by Andy Serkis), and Galadriel (played by Cate Blanchett). Meanwhile this issue of EW hits stands Tuesday, July 3rd.
What’s New with The Hobbit
Comic-Con (July 12th-15th 2012)
The film will be represented at the largest comic book convention in the country but not in the way you would expect.
Via Comic-Con’s Offical Website:
Thursday, July 12
10:15-11:15 TheOneRing.net: The Truth About The Hobbit— The Hobbit movie is imminent just at the book turns 75. With on-set visits, intrepid reporting, and the pulse of fans worldwide, the TORn staff shred rumors, answer questions, share New Zealand images-but not as part of the official publicity machine. Also featuring a special visual presentation from Weta Workshop and an account of Fandalf traveling the world and (all that is the tip of the iceberg!). Featuring Cliff Broadway (Ringers: Lord of the Fans) and Larry D. Curtis (Hobbit embedded reporter) and additional staff and guests. Room 6DE
Saturday, July 14
2:30-5:00 Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups—
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Jackson returns to Middle-earth in an adventure that begins 60 years before the events depicted in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The first of two films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who-along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)-is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. The film’s ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
Are any of you planning on heading out to San Diego to check-it out?