The first trailer has finally arrived for the first film of Peter Jackson’s much-anticipated two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit, ten years after the release of The Fellowship of the Ring. Jackson has had an arduous time bringing the Lord of the Rings prequel to the screen, following complicated rights deals, the financial solvency of MGM, a long development period under original director Guillermo del Toro before he chose to bow out, and the eventual return of Jackson to the director’s chair. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows the journey of a younger Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The trailer features familiar faces from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and while not everyone is included here, the cast of this film is absolutely staggering: Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mikael Persbrandt, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, Jeffrey Thomas, Mike Mizrahi, Bret McKenzie, Ryan Gage, Barry Humphries, Conan Stevens, and John Bell.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14, 2012. Watch the first teaser trailer below (via Slashfilm).