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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 which is being shot in 3D.
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:  Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Graham McTavish, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Mikael Persbrandt, Martin Freeman, Jeffrey Thomas, Saoirse Ronan, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O'Gorman
Director:  Peter Jackson
Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date:  December 14, 2012
Screen Writer:  Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
Studio:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), New Line Cinema
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