‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ and ‘An Unexpected Journey’ Titles and Release Dates Announced

Peter Jackson will bring his ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequels to cinemas in December of 2012 and 2013.

Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for filmmaker Peter Jackson's two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit. The first film, titled "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien's "The Lord of The Rings," which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King." The adventure of "The Hobbit" follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Under Peter Jackson's direction, both movies are being shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy, and Martin Freeman, who just won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the BBC series "Sherlock," takes on the central role of Bilbo Baggins.

Also reprising their roles from "The Lord of The Rings" movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O'Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplays for "The Hobbit" films are by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Peter Jackson is also producing the films, together with Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham. The executive producers are Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner, with Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer.

"The Hobbit" films are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released December 13th, 2013 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

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  1. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Now lets just await the teaser trailer or more!

    4 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  2. Brizzy

    @jptheredskull .. that's actually hilarious :P I got it the day that the photo was first shown in MW!!!

    4 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  3. Nautical

    Haha i like this guy.

    4 years agoby @nautical05Flag

  4. Brian


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  5. Shadow Of The Day

    Great News.

    4 years agoby @asifFlag

  6. Cheetoboy

    YEAH, Both the titles are very good, especially the first one being the Unexpected Journey, but although I was very formula with the first Hobbit and even watching the classical cartoon movie based on the book, I never heard of a second one, I know the first one is about them soon facing off against Smuag the Dragon, but what is the second story about? I heard rumors that it's suppose to be about 60 years of Bilbo's life before the Lord of The Rings story.

    4 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  7. J.P.


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  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus


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  9. Mr_Jellyfish

    @k-man Exactly, the titles are very fitting, and have a more homely quality than the Lord of the Rings titles which is fitting considering the Hobbit was more of a children's book. I can't wait for these films

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  10. K-Man

    Glad to hear the titles are now official!! I like them and think they are suiting for the story.....not to mention poetic considering The first films title is a slight reworking of the title of the first chapter in the book "An unexpected party" and the second film's title is the same title that Bilbo Baggins named the novel of his adventure.....which is what The Hobbit is about.
    So these are proper titles through and through. Glad to see it! Cant wait for the release!!!

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  11. Salem6777

    @mattbierwagen the titles are lame ok

    4 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  12. Worth5Bucks

    @Salem6777 what?! i wouldn't want them to be anything different

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  13. Worth5Bucks

    i thought those titles would be switched but this is good

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  14. skywise

    hell ya! This is going to be fantastic

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  15. LuxoIII

    Fitting titles and I'm glad they're not just slapping on Part 1 and Part 2 like the last two Harry Potter films did

    4 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  16. Brizzy

    Finally, things are in their proper places. Now we wait :)

    4 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  17. Salem6777

    lame titles but i will still see both of them

    4 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  18. CUPID

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sounds awesome.
    The Hobbit: There and Back Again sounds kinda cheesy but i'll still watch.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  19. account-closed

    12/14/2012. Still a while to go, but good to know.

    4 years agoby @account-closedFlag

  20. WongFu

    Nice titles. Once they are finished with I would like to see one of the other books as films.
    Maybe convert the short stories into feature length films or just animate them in the style of Shrek.

    4 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  21. Dan

    Good subtitles for both movies, in the right order, too.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. Dan

    F*cking awesomeness.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

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