Here’s a fun fact for you: The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the highest grossing motion picture trilogy worldwide of all time at $2.91 billion. That is not a typo. 9 years on from The Return of the King – this bagged 11 Oscars, another record – director Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey takes place 60 years before The Fellowship of the Ring, and will follow the journey of Bilbo Baggins in his quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Many characters from the celebrated trilogy will be making a return, most notably Ian McKellen as the wise wizard Gandalf the Grey, and Cate Blanchett as Galandriel. New additions to the cast include Sherlock Holmes alumni Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug, and Martin Freeman as the titular character, Bilbo Baggins. Take a look at the new trailer below.
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