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WITH the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit set to be celebrated on September 21, Peter Jackson, director of the new film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy is releasing a new trailer for the first instalment today.
The film, which is being released on December 14 in South Africa, stars Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) as Bilbo.
Sir Ian McKellen reprises the role of wizard, Gandalf the Grey, which he played in the Lord of the Rings triology. Other familiar faces appearing in Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey include Elijah Wood (Frodo), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Sir Christopher Lee (Saruman) and Sir Ian Holm (the elderly Bilbo), while Andy Serkis once again provides the voice talent for Gollum.
New faces include Stephen Fry, Evangeline Lilly (Lost), Billy Connolly, and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who provides the voice of the Necromancer and Smaug the dragon.
Tolkien’s novel was published on September 21, 1937, to wide critical acclaim and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognised as a classic in children’s literature.
The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who sets out with a group of dwarfs to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. The story reaches its climax in the Battle of Five Armies, where many of the characters and creatures from earlier chapters re-emerge to engage in conflict.
To check out the new trailer, log on to Peter Jackson’s Facebook page today. — Arts Editor.