'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' & 'There and Back Again' Official
Briefly: It has now been officially confirmed/announced via press release (see ComingSoon) that the titles for the two Hobbit movies from director Peter Jackson will be The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, arriving in theaters on December 14th, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, arriving in theaters on December 13th, 2013. The titles and release dates have been confirmed by New Line Cinema, Warner Bros and MGM. Both movies are set in Middle-earth 60 years before J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. This is great news, it must mean Warner Bros is already very excited and ready to set all this in stone.
I don't know about everyone else, but if I could buy a ticket right now for December 12th, 2012 and 13th, 2013, I would do so instantly, that's how excited I am for these movies. In related news, Peter Jackson has taken to his Facebook again to answer fan questions (via SlashFilm). This should keep fans enticed as he continues production down in New Zealand. Here a very complete cast list as included in the press release:
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and Martin Freeman, who just won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the BBC series "Sherlock," takes on the central role of Bilbo Baggins. Also reprising their roles from "The Lord of the Rings" movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas and Aidan Turner.
As always, we'll continue to keep you updated on all things The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again as shooting continues. Follow all our updates via The Hobbit News category.