The makers of The Hobbit seem to feel like they have a bit of a challenge before the first of the movies is released, which is that there’s an awful lot of new characters, mainly the dwarves, that need to be introduced. They’ve done a good job of making each one completely different from the others so they’ll be easily recognisable, but in marketing the movie they’re keen we get to know them before the film is released.
To help with that 17 new character posters have been released, featuring a bevy of new characters, including the dwarves and Bilbo, as well as old friends like Gollum, Gandalf and Galadriel. The posters debuted over at The Playlist, but you can see then above and below.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘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.
‘Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Martin Freeman, who 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. 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: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 13th, 2012 from Warner Bros. Pictures, with The Desolation Of Smaug and There And Back Again arriving in 2013 and 2014.