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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' trailer - What's there and what's missing

I’ve missed Middle Earth. It’s been 10 years since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters, and we’re still a year away from the first Hobbit movie’s release, but at least we now know things are looking up. A few hours ago, Peter Jackson released the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is the first of two films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s first novel about Middle Earth, The Hobbit. The journey stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins with Ian McKellen returning as Gandalf the Wizard and takes place about 50-60 years before Lord of the Rings

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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.

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Sir Ian McKellen says The Hobbit may start filming in January

That's the goal, at least. The prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy has seen many delays due to the financial meltdown of MGM, which co-funds the project. Things are finally looking up. Peter Jackson, the presumed director of The Hobbit, has been quietly casting the two films since July and MGM seems to be sorting itself out, with Spyglass stepping up to restructure much of its debt. The studio will vote on the debt restructuring, bankruptcy plan later this month.

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The Hobbit in danger of losing Ian McKellen due to the troubles at MGM

Well, this is just prime. The sting of Bond 23's cancellation is still fresh, and now The Hobbit may lose another key member of its team: Gandalf. This also comes on the heels of Guillermo del Toro's exit as director due to the continued delays in production. We still don't know if Peter Jackson will helm the picture himself or search for another director--an official status update is expected soon. McKellen isn't thrilled about the delays.

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Here are a bunch of HOBBIT casting updates! has a few Hobbit casting updates from Peter Jackson. In an interview with New Zealand's TV3, Jackson said that he's delivering the script for the second half of The Hobbit right about now and filming is still on schedule to begin in April or May, 2010. He also confirmed that Ian McKellen had read the script. Videos and quotes are after the jump.

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