First Look: Three Official Images from Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'!

June 23, 2011

The Hobbit

We've been getting some casting updates from Peter Jackson's Facebook page lately, but now some meaty stuff is finally coming out of New Zealand, as production on The Hobbit has been underway for a little while now. We'd previously seen a photo of the entire cast of the film (up to that point), but now we have the first official images from the set featuring a fantastic look at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and even Sir Ian McKellan back in the robes as Gandalf the Grey. It really is exciting seeing new and familiar faces back in Middle Earth, and these photos make me anxious to already see the first movie in 2012. See below!

Click on any of the photos to jump back to Entertainment Weekly, where they originally came from. If you take a closer look at the first photo of Bilbo, you can even see some of the dwarfs in the background as well.

The Hobbit Photos First Look

The Hobbit Photos First Look

The Hobbit Photos First Look

In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit… The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson in two separate parts, is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The Hobbit films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The first part of The Hobbit hits theaters December 2012.

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I just watched the trilogy. Can't wait. At all. Just from those few stills you can tell the quality is still there, and Sir Ian McKellan is still Gandalf for all time.

Andrew Riley on Jun 23, 2011


SO excited. I will be in New Zealand for 5 weeks in this upcoming February, as a film student I'm hoping I'll get some lucky chance to get on the set, it would make my life. Maybe I'll take some secret photos for you Alex, and have be the first website to leak em!

BrentD on Jun 23, 2011


Sweet! First this and then the Extended Trilogy coming out next week on Blu Ray!!!!

Chris A. on Jun 23, 2011


O'my O'my O'my O'my G-g-god!! 😀

Oliver J L on Jun 23, 2011


Oh hellstotheyeah! 🙂

ThePretzelBender on Jun 23, 2011


I can wait to see Smaug in all his angry, smoke snorting glory!

Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011


All about the Gandalf.  Fav moment of the trilogy is "you shall not pass!"

Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011


Its all about Jackson! it looks great.

happy camper on Jun 23, 2011


Love to see these but in that first pic, doesn't Martin Freeman look a lot like Deagol?

Red Yeti on Jun 23, 2011


he kinda does. lol.

Xerxexx on Jun 23, 2011


Awesome pics...can't wait for a trailer.

Xerxexx on Jun 23, 2011


I literally got a rush of adrenaline the second I saw these pics!! SO awesome!! It feels so good to see Ian as Gandalf again too!! 😀

Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011


Next year is going to be a great film year,this year not much to look forward to. Next year....... the hobbit,dark knight rises,Avengers,man of steel,the dictator,Scorceses new film,Spiderman,and on and on.

tir na nog on Jun 23, 2011


And of course Ridley scotts Promethues.

tir na nog on Jun 23, 2011



Ron on Jun 23, 2011



Crapola on Jun 23, 2011


There are very few films that are so attractive they cause the heart to beat, the brows to raise, and smiles gallore. This is one of those rare gems. I wait longingly.

Quanah on Jun 24, 2011


another boring trilogy from boring director...i can wait to see that boring stuff about another ten years.

Rocco Siffredi on Jun 24, 2011


another boring trilogy from boring director...i can wait to see that boring stuff about another ten years.

SS on Jun 24, 2011


I'm loving this, can't wait to return to middle earth.... but it would be so nice if there's a squeal to the LOTR's trilogy that ended almost a decade ago. I would really want to know what's the development / what's happening with the characters " Frodo and all of his friends" that were in the trilogy...

Stevenfreestyler on Jun 24, 2011


Well Frodo,Bilbo, and Gandalf basically went to heaven! Sam is loving life and banging his wife but still misses his dear old Mr. Frodo! Merry and Pippen are not married but still getting into mischief but yet not as much as they typically did because of their Journey! Aragorn is loving being the king and making sweet love to his Elf wife! Gimili is bored but has learned to live with his fellow Dwarfs while visiting Legolas on weekends! Legolas has become an Archery Teacher for young Elves! And Sauron is Enjoying his time in Hell Playing Chess with Lucifer and Lord Voldemort but still deep down wishes to take over the world! Does that answer your questions?

N. on Jun 24, 2011


nope..... its sounds more like a R rated  c - grade spin-off written and directed by Bret Ratner and produced by Micheal Bay who loves recking movies like Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street... i was looking for an answer more like some real Peter Jackson fan would answer, but thanks for the story telling.. Appreciate the effort.. Who knows, it might become a movie somday.. more like a scary movie perhaps...

Stevenfreestyler on Jun 25, 2011

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