For The Hobbit, there is one app to rule them all.
Warner Bros. launched the new “Hobbit Movies” app on iTunes on Sept. 7 and, in the days since, has released a bevy of new content. The kind folks at TheOneRing.net have compiled a gallery of all the 20-odd images released — you can see some of them below — which, along other production stills and character portraits, offer both a look at Lee Pace as the Elvenking Thranduil (and father of Legolas) and a tease of where The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey could end (see the above image to try to puzzle it out). If you’re looking to stay up-to-date on all things The Hobbit, this is definitely the app for you.
Here’s the official info on the “Hobbit Movies” app:
Explore Middle-Earth and experience the epic adventure of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with the official iOS app. Learn about Bilbo Baggins’ quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor and the band of thirteen dwarves that join him and Gandalf the Grey as they embark across the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain through exclusive artwork, interactive character galleries, and production videos presented by director Peter Jackson.
View a selection of animated character portraits, travel through a detailed map of Middle-earth and explore the stunning narrative imagery of “The Scroll” artwork to immerse yourself in the world of Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, Orcs, deadly Wargs, giant Spiders and a fearsome Dragon.
Hobbit Movies features:
• Interactive Map of Middle-Earth
• 360º views of scenic locations and settings
• “The Scroll”, a narrative art piece
• Animated lenticular character portraits
• Peter Jackson’s Production Journals
• Character image galleries and bios
• Downloads for iPad, iPhone, and Facebook
• Social integration with Facebook and Twitter
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due in theaters on Dec. 14, 2012. It will be followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Dec. 13, 2013 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again on July 18, 2014. Directed by Peter Jackson, it stars Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman along with returning Lord the Rings cast members Cate Blancett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and Andy Serkis and an ensemble that includes Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas and Aidan Turner. It will be released in both 2D and 3D at both 24 frames per second and 48 frames per second.