Andy Serkis Teases ‘The Hobbit’ Trailer; Talks Second Unit Directing [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:22 pm,

the hobbit teaser trailer Andy Serkis Teases The Hobbit Trailer; Talks Second Unit Directing [Updated]

It’s been an excellent year for master motion-capture performer Andy Serkis, between his acclaimed turn as the ape Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and his (already well-liked) role as Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin.

The actor’s win streak shouldn’t be broken anytime soon, seeing how he’ll soon return in CGI-enhanced form once again – this time, as the miserable Gollum in Peter Jackson’s two-movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Jackson has been keeping fans up-to-date on The Hobbit by releasing production diary videos every so often. However, according to Serkis, the next big treat for Tolkien lovers will take on the form of a teaser trailer.

Serkis informed IGN that the first Hobbit theatrical preview is “just around the corner” and should be released by “around Christmas [2011] time.” While the actor was uncertain about exactly which upcoming holiday flick would feature the Hobbit trailer, the most likely candidates include fellow Warner Bros.’ production Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and the Tintin movie, which Jackson produced.

UPDATEVariety‘s Jeff Sneider has tweeted that possibly both a new The Dark Knight Rises trailer and the Hobbit teaser may screen in front of Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes sequel.

What with the Hobbit teaser, the Dark Knight Rises‘ prologue, and new previews for other highly-anticipated 2012 releases (ex. the full-length Amazing Spider-Man trailer) potentially being released during the 2011 holiday season, there’s arguably more excitement for the upcoming slate of theatrical promos than regular releases – all things considered.

Andy Serkis and Peter Jackson on the set of 'The Hobbit'

Besides his mo-cap acting duties, Serkis is also serving as a second unit director on Jackson’s Hobbit films. Here is what he had to offer IGN, concerning the experience:

“It’s quite fascinating. I’m having a ball. It’s a huge operation, really. We’re on the road at the moment, at various different locations on South Island in New Zealand. There are some truly remarkable landscapes that we’re filming in. It’s just stunning.”

On the matter of The Hobbit being shot at twice the normal frame rate (via the use of RED EPIC 3D cameras):

“It’s unlike anything I have ever seen before. The brain has become so attuned to watching films at 24 frames a second. This is something completely different. It’s incredible. You feel inside it and surrounded by it. It’s really great. People will not be disappointed.”

3D has (understandably) earned a bad rap over the past year, given the plethora of post-converted releases that did little to nothing creative or innovative with the technology. Hopefully, between Jackson’s Hobbit movies and other upcoming 3D projects from high-caliber directors (ex. Spielberg’s Tintin adaptation, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi) that trend will start to reverse itself in the future.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in U.S. theaters on December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again will hit U.S. theaters on December 13th, 2013.

Source: IGN

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  1. Bring on the teaser trailer!! This is my most anticipated film for the next two years!!

    • Agreed!

    • hell yh!! Can’t wait till the teaser comes out

  2. The 48 frames per second make me think the 3D will look really good, or at least give it a less “blurry” feel. Super excited for the trailer!

    • I agree! and i am really excited too about the new 48 fps that PJ is shooting at. I bet it will look gorgeous on the big screen.

  3. I can’t wait to see Middle Earth in 3D. I’m sorry if I’m beating a dead horse by complaining about films that are converted rather than shot in 3D but the converted films are the reason 3D has gotten a bad rap. So the fact that Jackson is not only shooting in 3D but once again trying to improve the technology is truly exciting.

  4. Can’t wait for the TEASER. The Lord of the Rings is the best trilogy ever. Can’t wait for the prequel.

    How much you want to bet people flip out as they did when TDKR dropped? Remember it’s just a teaser folks.

  5. “Whats This…A Ring”

  6. I was excited about the Hobbit until I saw all the Dwarves and how Jackson has changed and twisted them into something completely different from the book. Now I’m just hoping he doesn’t ruin the story.