First Images from THE HOBBIT Feature Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Ian McKellan as Gandalf

     June 23, 2011

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The first images from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit have been released. We get our first look at Martin Freeman as Bilbo, as well as a look at Ian McKellan as Gandalf (nostalgia swoon). Freeman looks perfect, and seeing McKellan in his Gandalf garb again instills an immediate need to revisit The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Also included in the batch is a set image featuring Jackson and Freeman.

Hit the jump to check out the images. The two-part film is currently shooting in New Zealand and stars Freeman, McKellan, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly and Stephen Fry. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14th, 2012, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again hitting theaters on December 13th, 2013. 

Here are the images (via EW):

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