Friday, June 24, 2011

First Photos From 'The Hobbit' Show a Hobbit. Gandalf Too!

Will Leitch
Martin Freeman, as Bilbo Baggins.Entertainment WeeklyConsidering the tortured history of Peter Jackson's attempts to bring "The Hobbit" to the screen, it is understandable if you needed physical proof that the film is being made before you believed it. Jackson seems to get this; the director's been posting regular videosfrom the set on the movie's Facebook page. But hardcore Tolkien fans will always need more, so nowEntertainment Weekly has the first photos from the film, with actors in character and everything.
As part of an extended interview with Jackson in next week's issue, the mag has released three photos from the set. They include one of Jackson sitting a table discussing a scene with Martin Freeman (who plays titular hobbit Bilbo Baggins), one of Ian McKellan's Gandalf resting by a tree and one of Freeman as Bilbo, reading a scroll. Here's that one (you can see the others at

In the interview, amusingly, Jackson praises the feet of Freeman, an actor up to this point most famous from the original BBC version of "The Office," as well as the film version of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Apparently Freeman's fancy feet were able to overcome a small glitch with costume.
''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.''
So, now that you have some set photos, you only have 540 days to wait until December 14, 2012, when part one of the two Hobbit films is released, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Part two, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" comes out December 13, 2013. Just 904 days until that one.

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