The first US TV spot for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released by Warner Brothers. It’s short but it does give a concise little snapshot of what we can expect (below).
We also have a couple of images with a behind the scenes look at the film. THR spoke to Jackson about returning to Middle Earth:
On taking over from Guillermo del Toro:
“I felt a little responsibility that if the film was going to happen at all, we should just pick it up and make it happen. Do whatever we needed to do. Getting another director just didn’t seem a responsible thing to do.”
On his filming process:
“I’ve always shot my movies with a wide-angle lens, as I’ve tried to immerse the audience in the film. I’ve tried to narrow the distance between your seat and the cinema screen, so you feel like you’re being absorbed into the film rather than just sitting there viewing something 30 feet away.”
“The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with an amazing international cast that includes Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Ian Holm as Old Bilbo, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Elijah Wood as Frodo, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, as well as Aiden Turner as Kili, Billy Connolly as Dain, James Nesbitt as Bofur and Lee Pace as King Thranduil (along with many, many more), is written by Guillermo del Toro, with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens and opens on most of the planet December 14, 2012.