One year. That’s how long I have to wait for Peter Jackson’s new movie, The Hobbit. Like its sister, The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I dearly love!), this will be a multi-part production, the first film being released in December 14, 2012, the second in December 13, 2013. [8/12 update: Yup, it's now official; it's going to be a trilogy. Last one's scheduled for summer 2014.]
I am thrilled to see the return of so many familiar faces, particularly Ian McKellan (Gandalf), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Christopher Lee (Saruman), and Ian Holm (old Bilbo) who stared in the LOTR movies. Even Elijah Wood (Frodo) gets a bit part written in, though he’s not yet born in the original book. You see, The Hobbit is the prequel to LOTR. It is the story of how the ring came to Bilbo, and the adventures that young hobbit found himself a part of.
I’ve dusted off my old copy of Tolkien’s first tale and put up a review for those who may not be familiar with it, including some challenges I believe the movie makers will face. In the meantime, here’s a movie preview. Needless to say, I’m highly anticipating this one!