"The Hobbit" Official Titles & Release Dates Announced

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Peter Jackson's long-awaited Lord of the Rings prequel will be hitting theaters soon. Jackson is working on movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit which will hit theaters in two parts. The first will be called The Hobbit: An... 000_010_507_hobbitmovies

Peter Jackson's long-awaited Lord of the Rings prequel will be hitting theaters soon.

Jackson is working on movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit which will hit theaters in two parts. The first will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and will arrive on December 14, 2012. The second will follow a year later on December 13, 2013 and will be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

Jackson began shooting the two films in New Zealand in 3D in mid-March with a cast including Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bloom joined the cast Friday to portray the elf Legolas.

The Hobbit follows Bilbo the unassuming Hobbit who becomes a hero by obtaining a powerful ring in the face of challenges by the wicked Gollum and a dragon named Smaug.

Are you excited for The Hobbit movies?

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