It seems that when it comes to “The Hobbit” film prequel—and the “Lord of the Rings” series in general—legendary director Peter Jackson is ready to bring another epic trilogy to Middle-earth fans.
Courtesy of “Warner Bros. Entertainment” this Tuesday, a trilogy of new photo stills straight from the set of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has been released. According to “E! Online,” it was also revealed in recent weeks that the first installment to the two “Hobbit” movies (based on the prequel novel by classic author JRR Tolkien to the “Lord of the Rings” series) will actually be three films.
“The Hobbit” movie director Peter Jackson officially announced to fans in early August that he and the production studio had more than enough footage and background history of “The Hobbit” to make a trilogy of films for the book. In addition, “E! Online” also presented—via New Line Cinema—three new photo clips of the first upcoming adaptation.
As seen in the slideshow (for those interested in watching or re-watching “The Hobbit” movie trailer, it is also included for your convenience), the first of the three new pictures is of Bilbo Baggin’s companions, the stout and sturdy dwarves. Several of the band of brothers like Dori and Ori (as well as Fili and Kili) are seen marching across either an underground cave or mountainside as they journey to slay the dragon Smaug, and reclaim their stolen treasure.
The second photo offers fan-boys and fan-girls alike a chance to see a “precious” look at the creature Gollum before he met Bilbo Baggins and left his secret, subterranean lake in the bowels of the Misty Mountains. Portrayed again by Andy Serkis, no doubt that Gollum’s glowing eyes and thirst for hobbit flesh and the stolen One Ring will make another unforgettable impact on screen.
Last up in JRR Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth is a great glimpse of the ever-imposing wizard Gandalf the Grey (played by Sir Ian McKellen), who also graced the Comic-Con 2012 movie poster standing along the Shire.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will travel to U.S. theaters this December 2012, while the second film has an expected release date of December 2013. No specified news yet on the arrival of the third adaptation based on JRR Tolkien’s work, but Peter Jackson has set a tentative schedule for summer 2014.
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