I am thoroughly excited for Dec. 2012 to get here so I can see The Hobbit brought to the big screen. But for now I will just have to settle for the images that slowly make it onto the internet. Earlier this week Empire Magazine released the cover for their August edition. It shows a great picture of Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf and our first look at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. Now they have released, via their web site, a bigger view of both pics.
The first shows a younger Gandalf the Grey than we are used to seeing. The second is of a befuddled looking Bilbo, possibly reading his contract for the journey. “Funeral expenses!” Plus you get a little glimpse of the dwarves that will be accompanying him on his life changing quest.
Also, as an added bonus, they have given a little excerpt of the interview that director Peter Jackson gave for the magazine. This is what he had to tell them about the filming of The Hobbit. Enjoy, and let us know what you think.
“I’m exactly the same filmmaker as I was ten years ago,” says Jackson. “I’m trying to nail the same thing that I did before. I’m just telling the story.” The only difference is that this time he has a bunch of snarky dwarves to corral. "“They don’t know what to make of Gandalf, they think Bilbo is a wuss, and Elrond a prissy headmaster type,” laughs Jackson.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set for release on December 14, 2012 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again is scheduled for release on December 13, 2013.