Hot off the release of yesterday's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey trailer, Warner Bros. has released several alternate versions with different endings. The trailers come courtesy of the "Hobbit Movies" app, the same application that released hordes of new images from the upcoming movie last week.
Bleeding Cool compiled the four new scenes into one video for our viewing pleasure. Even though the trailer showed us that there's plenty of action and excitement to look forward to in the movie, these scenes make it clear the tone of the film will remain light and comedic. The Lord of the Rings trilogy sometimes got dark and dramatic (for good reason) but The Hobbit always had a certain lightness to it. We're glad that the series will reflect that and, even though The Hobbit will be split into three films, it won't try to match The Lord of the Rings beat for beat.
One of the extra scenes shows a snippet of Bilbo's first interaction with Gollum. It's clear that Andy Serkis is in top form here as his take on the character is as flawless as ever. The other three scenes tease Bilbo's time with the dwarves. Two of them show the beginning of the hobbit's journey, while the third gives us a good look at Elrond and Rivendell. We're glad that Peter Jackson knows we're as excited to see old J.R.R. Tolkien friends as we are to meet new ones.
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.