First Photo From 'The Hobbit' Set

EW revealed one of the first photos from the set of the Hobbit, depicting English actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in Bag End.

Even though it’s very early on in filming, director Peter Jackson is already speaking praises of Freeman:

”He fits the ears, and he’s got some very nice feet,” Jackson says of his Bilbo. ”I think he’s got the biggest hobbit feet we’ve had so far. They’re a little bit hard to walk in, but he’s managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait.”

Now that we’ve seen visual evidence that this movie is being made, all we have to do is wait. The Hobbit, which will be released as two films, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will see December 14, 2012 and December 13, 2013 as their respective release dates. That gives you 540 days to perfect those prosthetic hobbit ears you’ve been working on since two Halloweens ago and get that tent out in front of the multiplex before the first one is in theaters. So, maybe wait a couple of months before putting your two weeks notice in at work. There’s still a lot of time before you should enter into a state of geek-induced welfare.

I personally will be anxious to see what, if any, of Guillermo Del Toro’s animatronics from his abandoned Hobbit adaptation will be used in the film. It was said that his half puppet/half CG Smaug was going to be a sight to behold. Be sure to check out the original story at Entertainment Weekly to see two other new set photos.

0 comments to First Photo From 'The Hobbit' Set

  1. Kay Theodoratus says:

    I'm looking forward to the movie. The book isn't my favorite, but I've read it more than once.

  2. aobibliophile™ says:

    hi Conor! Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are four of the most precious books in my collection. i have the first edition. my Mom had them when she was still single which makes the books quite old but very special. i have the boxed set which came out when the LOTR movies were shown. i also bought a hardcover of the LOTR Trilogy for a bargain in a used bookstore. aside from print, i have audio recordings from BBC as well. am i fan or what? lol.
    thanks for sharing the photo. i look forward to watching Bilbo's (mis)adventures as much as any Tolkien aficionado! c",)

  3. Angie says:

    Cool! I can't wait. Thanks for posting the picture. =)

  4. Kate Evangelista says:

    I was actually looking forward to Guillermo Del Toro's take on the Hobbit. But I also feel that it's in good hands with Peter Jackson. 🙂

  5. Conor says:

    I love Peter Jackson, but I'm a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro too. I've always appreciated Del Toro's tendency to use as little CG as possible in his films. It certainly would have been cool to see his version of the Hobbit. Hopefully traces of his adaptation will pop up in Jackson's.

  6. Cinders says:

    I think it's about time they made this movie. Thanks for posting.

  7. Anita says:

    YAY! I can't wait for this to come out. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the pic. And I think Martin in the perfect choice for the role. He even favors the aged Bilbo.

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