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First look at Bilbo and Gandalf in The Hobbit - Elijah Wood confirms he's back


This is not a screenshot from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Nope. This is taken from the set of The Hobbit, a two-part prequel to the legendary trilogy, filmed a good 11-13 years later. Entertainment Weekly scored some exclusive shots from the first film, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is due on Dec. 14, 2012. The first screenshots of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins are below along with a few quotes from Peter Jackson.

Speaking on what it's like to see Ian McKellen as Gandalf again, a role for which he won an Oscar, Director Peter Jackson said the experience was great. ''He's in fantastic form,'' said Jackson. ''In a way, his role in The Hobbit has more technical difficulties than Lord of the Rings did, because he has scenes with 14 smaller characters — obviously the dwarves and the hobbit are shorter... I remember saying to him [laughs], ''Look, this isn't Waiting for Godot or King Lear. This is The Hobbit. This is the real thing.''

Martin Freeman as Bilbo

Jackson is equally excited about Bilbo. ''He fits the ears, and he's got some very nice feet,'' said Jackson. ''I think he's got the biggest hobbit feet we've had so far. They're a little bit hard to walk in, but he's managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait.''

Hopefully the honeymoon will last as the epic 254 day shoot (just 12 days short of the original LOTR shoot) rolls on. For his part, Elijah Wood says he will be joining the gang in October to reprise his role as Frodo along with Ian Holm, who will also reprise his role as the older Bilbo. Wood spoke with Jimmy Fallon about the role today. The interview is embedded below (he talks about his role in The Hobbit a few minutes in...and then Fallon and he put on helmets, drink, and beat nails with a hammer together).

After the years of drama, we weren't sure that The Hobbit movies (An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again) would ever actually happen. It's fantastic to see actual characters on sets. 

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