17 ‘Hobbit’ Posters Introduce Characters Taking ‘An Unexpected Journey’

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If you thought there were too many characters to keep tabs on in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy, just wait until you see his three-part adaptation of The Hobbit. The first installment, An Unexpected Journey, introduces no less than 13 dwarfs who hail from different regions of Middle-earth – united together on an adventure to reclaim their Misty Mountain from a terrible, treasure-hoarding dragon (who will be teased near the film’s conclusion, before fully appearing in the second movie, The Desolation of Smaug).

We have character posters for all 13 of those diminutive, bearded, warriors (well, except for the youthful Kili, who’s mostly just short and scruffy), as well as official one-sheet versions of those Empire Magazine covers that released last month.

An Unexpected Journey features familiar faces like the immortals Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), the shriveled Gollum (Andy Serkis, reprising his iconic motion-capture role) – alongside Martin Freeman as the young, constantly-flustered, Bilbo Baggins and the brave leader of the Dwarf company Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). There will be more characters introduced in the second and third installments – including, Freeman’s Sherlock costar Benedict Cumberbatch playing Smaug via performance-capture – so it’s for the best that you start keeping track of who’s who (lest you end up really confused).

hobbit unexpected journey posters 17 Hobbit Posters Introduce Characters Taking An Unexpected Journey

Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic Rings trilogy to life in a gorgeous and breath-taking cinematic fashion, and there’s no reason to doubt that he will do likewise with The Hobbit. The decision to stretch the relatively-simple fantasy story out into three movies could prove for the best, given the required amount of new character development; not to mention, the incorporation of Tolkien’s supplementary notes concerning the greater history of Middle-earth. Moreover, major events like the Battle of Five Armies (which Hugo Weaving has indicated takes place in the finale, There and Back Again) can be covered in greater depth.

On the other hand, the final result could end up being a blockbuster film trilogy that’s bloated with CGI extravaganzas, an excess of uninteresting characters who are given too much screen time, and a narrative that feels stretched too thin to sustain attention – as well as a more succinct interpretation might have managed (think the worst aspects of Jackson’s King Kong remake and multiple it by three). We’re keeping our fingers crossed that’s not the way this project will go, if only because there’s enough material written by Tolkien to justify Jackson’s approach.

Check out the new character posters for An Unexpected Journey:

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters on December 14th, 2012.

Its sequel, The Desolation of Smaug, follows on December 13th, 2013.

And the final installment, There and Back Again, releases on July 18th, 2014.

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Source: The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide [via JoBlo]

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  1. Well here’s another test of audience meddle and just how beloved these stories are. So true I’m looking forward to it but knowing that the story won’t be complete for 3 years can be a little frustrating. It brings up a good talking point, would these films make as much if not more if the release schedule was shorter? No less preparation and all that of course, but would people be as interested if you had to wait say an extra year and get each installment every 6 months? That cuts the time the audience has to wait for the finale by 6 months but then you wouldn’t get the opening as soon. The studio needs to see a profit ASAP and although it’s a solid franchise everyone has to make the daily grind and investor confidence has to be kept up or you would never get anyone to invest in projects like it in the future.

    It’s an interesting experiment in the market, I just wonder who will try it first? James Cameron could be the first with his ‘Avatar’ sequels if he would decide to film a fourth installment. He would probably have to delay his next release to do so but we’ve already had some delay talk over the last year anyway…

  2. Thorin, Kili and Fili really don’t fit in with the look of the other Dwarves. And the others are just really weird looking anyway.

    I guess it’ll all gel onscreen though.

    • I swear I didn’t pay him to post that!

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