The images include famous scenes from the movie, like the dwarves escaping orcs in some barrels and Bilbo fending off spiders in Mirkwood Forest, as well as the reintroduction of familiar characters like Elrond, Galadrial, Gandalf and Gollum. We haven’t seen those faces since “The Lord of the Rings” films that were released almost a decade ago, but the actors who play them say they returned to their roles fairly easily.
“Gandalf is still the same guy [he was in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy],” Ian McKellen told EW. “He’s still got the same sense of humor and sense of urgency and concern — all those things that make him interesting.”
Andy Serkis had similar things to say about Gollum, saying, “He’s never really been that far away from me. He’s always been kind of lurking under my skin.”
Since “The Hobbit” has been split into two films, there has been a bunch of additional material added to the movie. Much like director Peter Jackson did in his “Lord of the Rings” films, he’s taken content from other Tolkein stories set in Middle-Earth around this time and added it to his big screen tale to flesh out the story. All will make sense when we see “The Hobbit” flicks hit theaters later this year and next year.
“In the movie we want these characters to have story lines and a little more substance than they do in the book,” Jackson said. “Almost everything we’re doing is from Tolkien somewhere, whether it’s in the book or the subsequent development that wasn’t published in ‘The Hobbit’ itself.”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” hits theaters on December 14. It stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner, among many, many others.