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.