Just hours ago Warner Brothers released the first look at the highly anticipated 2012 release The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The first of a two-part movie adaptation of the first book of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien and follow-up to the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings series has had its ups and downs, first with doubts the movie would even get made, then with Peter Jackson (happily) replacing Guillermo Del Toro as director, then local worker hurdles to overcome earlier this year. Current release date is December 2012, but it looks good so far and there will plenty of familiar faces and a few new residents of Middle Earth.
Martin Freeman, who just garnered a BAFTA Best Supporting Actor Award for playing Watson in the BBC’s brilliant Sherlock plays our hero Bilbo Baggins, and here is the first look from Warner Brothers:
Bilbo reviewing a long note after an unexpected visit from what turns into a houseful of dwarves…
And a more familiar face, the return of Gandalf the White (Ian McKellen):
…looking a bit concerned…
And a production photo of Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman:
And if that weren’t enough to whet our appetites, we have an early look at the several dwarves.
Nori, Ori and Dori:
Bifur, Bofur and Bombur:
Kili and Fili:
And Oin and my to-be favorite Gloin (I may have to adjust my Gimli outfit to match this father of Gimli):
Hopefully Warner Brothers will start to release photos more frequently as we get closer to the film’s release.