Along with the announcement of a new trailer coming out on Wednesday, eight new promotional photos from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were published this morning by USA Today. Director Peter Jackson’s new feature, the first of a trilogy that takes place before the Lord of the Rings films, has its world premiere November 28 in New Zealand, to be followed by releases throughout the rest of the world during December. The remaining two films will follow in subsequent years; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will debut in December 2013, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again arrives in July 2014.
In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Martin Freeman stars as the young Bilbo Baggins, with Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug the dragon. Many of the Lord of the Rings actors reprise their roles in The Hobbit, including Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Elijah Wood as Frodo, Ian Holm as older Bilbo, and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel. The film also features Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, and Doctor Who‘s Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown.
Check out Bilbo, Gandalf, Gollum, Thorin, Radagast and their friends in the photos below, and stay tuned for the new trailer later this week!