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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The first part of Peter Jackson's two-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel.
The Hobbit is an upcoming two-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and will serve as a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, is directing the film and also serves as producer and co-writer.

The film will star Martin Freeman, known for playing Tim Canterbury in the BBC comedy series The Office, as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage, known for playing Lucas North in the BBC drama series Spooks, as Thorin Oakenshield. Several actors from Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, and Orlando Bloom. Additionally, composer Howard Shore, who wrote the score for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, has confirmed his role in both parts of the film project.

The two parts, entitled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again, are being filmed back to back and are currently in production in New Zealand; principal photography began on 21 March 2011. They will be released on December 14, 2012 and December 13, 2013, respectively.
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Cast:  Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Dean O'Gorman, James Nesbitt, Graham McTavish, Jeffrey Thomas, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Mikael Persbrandt, Christopher Lee, Saoirse Ronan, Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry, Ian Holm
Director:  Peter Jackson
Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date:  December 14, 2012
Screen Writer:  Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh
Studio:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), New Line Cinema
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