There are a lot of big films coming out next year, but the granddaddy of them all has got to be The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The last time Peter Jackson rolled out a Tolkien-based film he brought in over a billion dollars and the largest Oscar sweep in the history of the award. Suffice it to say it’s big news when the first footage hits the web.
The Hobbit is a prequel story to The Lord of the Rings and will be split into two films, each releasing over the next two years. In case you are unaware of what happens in the story, here is a synopsis:
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.”
Check out the full teaser after the jump.
Watching this trailer evoked many of the same feelings that the original Lord of the Rings footage did over a decade ago. There was a bit of concern for this project with the years of pre-production and the high profile departure of director Guillermo Del Toro. Somehow every single one of those concerns is dwarfed by the spectacle and shocking subtly of the trailer. I will waste no more mortal words on describing it, enjoy.
That was pretty epic right? Yeah, well you can see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when it debuts in theaters next December 14th, 2012.