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THE HOBBIT begins shooting in New Zealand

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
March 21st, 2011

Naturally, anything regarding THE HOBBIT is going to make news. We've been covering this project for the past few years, with each story making it seem as though the project would never get made. The film has overcome some near-impossible obstacles but is now in the midst of principal photography in beautiful New Zealand.

Peter Jackson's next installment in the epic LORD OF THE RINGS series is essentially a prequel to the three movies which were released a few years back. However, things are going to be a bit different this time around. Most notably, we've got a new story and a new cast to tell that story. Martin Freeman is playing the iconic protagonist, Bilbo Baggins. The rest of the cast is made up of Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Sylester McCoy, Adam Brown, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis.

Essentially, all the major players have come back for one final story. The source material for this film, The Hobbit, is my favorite of Tolkein's works. It's the most concise and interesting of them all as it lacks the endless descriptions of golden banquet halls and dwarf hairs. Instead it's a thrilling adventure tale with elves, dragons, and a badass glowing sword.

The first installment in the two films is set to hit December 2012 in eye-popping 3D.

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