Jun 14, 2012

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THE HOBBIT premiere date set

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Burbank, CA, June 5, 2012–Gearing up for the global release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the epic adventure will have its world premiere on November 28, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand. A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the first of two films from filmmaker Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, who shot the films concurrently on locations across New Zealand.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film will be “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins. Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplays for both “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” are by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producer.

Under Jackson’s direction, both movies are being shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

Among the creative behind-the-scenes team returning to Jackson’s crew are director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, composer Howard Shore and make-up and hair designer Peter King. The costumes are designed by Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor. The score is being composed by Howard Shore.

Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of weaponry, armour and prosthetics which are once again being made by the award winning Weta Workshop. Weta Digital take on the visual effects for both films, led by the film’s visual effects supervisor, Joe Letteri. Post production will take place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing, being handled by MGM.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be released beginning December 14, 2012. The second film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for release the following year, beginning December 13, 2013. www.thehobbit.com

  1. Wanting to see the premiere badly, but unable to sadly. First commenter, who-hoo!!!!!!
    like my facebook page to join the community of huge hobbit fans.

  2. Where i can get tickets?

  3. No Benedict Cumberbatch?

  4. Tajcana Éowyn says:

    can’t wait 🙂

  5. Fingolfin says:

    Hi, this is the first comment I leave on the blog !

    It’s wonderful to be once again in the atmosphere of a film which takes place in Middle Earth 🙂

    I particulary wish to congratulate the whole film making team, you do a great job, which corresponds
    exactly to the world that Tolkien wanted to create in his books, I think.

    Where can we get tickets ? 😀
    And will a part of the credits be loaned to the fans, like in the Lord of the Rings credits ?

  6. Just made a Google chrome theme check it out:

  7. Tickets?

  8. But…but December 14!

  9. Evangeline Lilly is from my hometown!

  10. Wow I wish I could go!

  11. Can I come? :3

  12. A great new !!! Happy you are in NZ ! 🙂

  13. Yes this will be good!

    • Yes it will be good.

      But the realy question is – where will it end?

      Will it end with Riddles in the Dark – or will Shelob’s children have our last memory for this year?

      • Riddles in the dark I reckon!!!

      • Gandalf the Green says:

        Well if you mean the movie… I’m pretty sure it should go up until at least the scene with the barrels and all. The movie will be like 3 hours (or more, hopefully!) anyways, so it can’t end as early as Riddles in the Dark.

      • Selebrimbor says:

        I’m sure Peter will have pity for us, and will show us a glimpse of the Lake Town!

  14. I am GOING TO THIS. !!!

  15. i’m so excited for december 14th i’m ganna go see the first showing of it!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. If I wasn’t po white trash I would so fly to NZ for the premier!

  17. I am shocked and so happy! The world premier of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is on my eighteen birthday!!! I really hope that the film is coming fast, here, to Norway, so I can see it as early as possible! 😀 CAN’T WAIT!!!

  18. I’m so excited, watching the extended BluRay and reading the books, getting pumped up! Peter Jackson… You are the man!

  19. I cant wait for the premiere, i love this movies!!

  20. Selebrimbor says:

    I have seen the trailer when it just appeared. And now I’ve just started to watch everything that’s been posted concerning the film to date. I will watch everything! I’m very excited, like everyone. Only, I would very much like the Hobbit to be closer to the book than the LOTR was.

  21. frodosfan says:

    Flight to wellington: check. Accommodation near the cinema: check. Tickets: ?
    I can’t wait to go, its going to be so unbelievably awesome!

  22. Colm Taylor says:

    The 14th December is my birthday but dead excited for the world premiere in welingon New Zealand buzzing!!! 😀 <3

  23. NORI dori says:

    Yay Yay i’m soooo going 🙂

  24. LegolasPippin says:

    I want to go to the premier SO BAD!!! oh and thanks for the new production video, Peter Jackson! you have no idea how long i’ve been waiting to see orlando bloom in his reprising role!

    I’m kinda a huge fan of his…..

    Well, I guess I will see this AMAZING MOVIE on december 14th at midnight…thats a promise!

    -The Biggest Orlando Bloom Fan In The World <3

  25. Is it able to get tickets? ( for the premier)

  26. David Gillam says:

    Dear Peter Jackson

    Please tell me that the missing name Benedict Cumberbatch was an oversight and that he is still in the film….PLEASE!!

  27. I can’t wait anymore!!!

  28. December 14th is my 13th birthday! Totally going to a midnight showing. Meanwhile I’m watching the movies, reading the books (again), and getting pumped up!

  29. I want go to London for the premiere

  30. Is there anything special with the number 38?
    If you haven’t noticed: the premiere dates (14/12/12 and 13/12/13) both makes the number 38…


  31. This may be the first time I may actually go to a theater to see a movie since I think it was 1989 – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

  32. When will it be releasing in India?? Please don’t delay it here!

  33. Myridean says:

    November 28th in New Zealand? That means on the other side of the dateline in North America, it’ll still be the 27th of November on my birthday! 😀 Awesome!

  34. sue simmons says:

    Just booked tickets from Cornwall to NZ, now booking flight from Auckland to Wellington – happy to stand outside, cant wait, I will be one happy old woman!

  35. Does anyone have a date for the red carpet premiere in London?

  36. Aussie Hobbit says:

    Can some one tell me what cinema in Wellington the Premier is on the 28th Nov “12

  37. YEEEAAAHHH!!! November the 28, THAT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!
    I’m so excited ’bout the Hobbit! Can’t wait! 😀

  38. damn – walking home from work on this day is gonna be a freakin’ nightmare!

  39. Pauline And Steve Combes says:

    We are booked in to a hotel in Wellinton that night wish we could get tickets

  40. I would give away my left kidney for this premiere. I hope I’ll be rich enough in closer future so I could participate next following two Hobbit-spectacles on New Zealand’s ground.

  41. Already saw the movie, it’s fantastic, however some scenes are ridiculous (dwarves jumping from tree to tree). Some are …well battle near Moria is well a work of art, battle against goblins is fun and enjoyable to watch. I’m going tomorrow again 🙂


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