Check Out Empire's First Cover for 'The Hobbit' with Gandalf & Bilbo
Those lucky rascals at Empire in the UK were one of the first press publications ever to set foot on the set of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, and although we're still more than a year and half out from release, they've decided to start teasing anyway and have unveiled their new cover highlighting the movies. After our very first glimpse of Martin Freeman as Bilbo just a few days ago, we get another small look at Bilbo, but it's Ian McKellen as Gandalf who gets the fullsize cover shot this time. Ohh it's just so wonderful seeing The Hobbit actually in production and getting new press like this, love it! Check out the bigger cover shot below.
I want to see more already! Empire describes McKellen as: "A resplendent 'younger' Gandalf the Grey (look closely for subtle differences in costume from his 60-year older Rings self)." Photo is, of course, via Empire:
Awesome! Here's the scene they saw: "Thirteen cantankerous dwarves, one barely tolerant wizard, and a befuddled hobbit are seen arriving at the gates of Rivendell and sneered at by local elves." I'm sure there will be plenty more in the actual issue, so if you're in the UK, go pick it up. If you're in the US (like me), you're just going to have to wait until it hits over here. "The tone is actually the part of it I'm enjoying the most," Jackson tells them regarding bringing out the "Hobbity-ness" of it and working with all thirteen of the crazy dwarves. The Hobbit films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, are currently being filmed in New Zealand in digital 3D at 48FPS using the very latest technology. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to hit theaters December 14th, 2012. We'll keep you updated!