The Hobbit Update: Titles, Release Dates Announced

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Yes, Orlando Bloom will reprise his role of Legolas in the The Hobbit.

But that casting tidbit dwarfs the following news related to this franchise: Peter Jackson's two adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien's work have been given titles and release dates:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit theaters on December 14, 2012.
  • The Hobbit: There And Back Again will hit theaters on December 13, 2013.
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The director started shooting both movies in New Zealand (in 3D) a few weeks ago. The cast includes Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett.

In the upcoming films, look for Freeman's Bilbo to be on a quest to reclaim the lost Kingdom of Erebor.

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It is like Shakespeare, or Dickens you can't screw it up, even the cartoon was good. So looking forward to another Middle Earth Epic, better to do them all at once I think. Hope they are as excellent as they have the potential to be, minus the liberties of plot and character from the book.