The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarfs to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.

As expected, the trailer spurred massive interest on the Web. Online searches for “hobbit trailer,” “watch hobbit trailer,” and “hobbit trailer 2012” all roared into breakout status. Commenters around the Web who chimed in with their thoughts on the Peter Jackson-directed film are, for the most part, quite positive.

Over at Entertainment Weekly, many fans admitted that they actually got a little teary-eyed during the trailer. One commenter wrote, “Is it wrong that it got me a little misty?” Another quickly replied, “Not at all. When the dwarves sang, it got me misty too. Jackson always did hit the nail on the head with regard to Tolkien’s songs.”

From what we see in the clip, the film does make a few notable changes from the novel. For one, Gandolf (played by Ian McKellan) appears to have a bit of a love interest, in the form of Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel.

Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, is poised to be the film’s breakout star. Best known for his work in the UK’s version of “The Office,” Freeman has been described by Peter Jackson as “fantastic.” In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Jackson said, “We couldn’t find anyone who was better than him. He is simply fantastic.” Ian Holm played an older version of Bilbo in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom
Screenplay by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien
Production Design by: Dan Hennah
Cinematography by: Andrew Lesnie
Film Editing by: Jabez Olssen
Costume Design by: Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor
Set Decoration by: Simon Bright, Ra Vincent
Art Direction by: Simon Bright, Brian Massey, Andy McLaren, Brad Mill
Music by: Howard Shore
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.
Studio: New Line Cinema
Release Date: December 14, 2012

Related Link: Read the Full Production Notes for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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