THE HOBBIT With Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Good news for Middle Earth fans – THE HOBBIT is set to begin production in February of 2012! Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will direct, write and produce the two-part project.
Due to financial issues at MGM which owns half the Lord of the Rings franchise with New Line Cinema, The Hobbit was put on hold for MONTHS. $30 million has already been spent on the project, and sets have already been built in New Zealand; which has already been transformed into Middle Earth once before.
Martin Freeman is rumored to be taking on the role of Bilbo Baggins, with Sir Ian McKellan returning as Gandalf.
The first installment of The Hobbit is scheduled to hit theaters on December 19, 2012.