Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins Wields Sting in New <i>Hobbit</i> Poster

Bilbo Baggins is not messing around, as you can see in the new poster of the Sting-wielding hero for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first installment in director Peter Jackson's three-movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved fantasy novel.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will kick things off on Dec. 14, followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Dec. 13, 2013 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again on July 18, 2014.

This new trilogy from The Lord of the Rings director stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blancett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and Andy Serkis, who also appeared in the previous trilogy. The ensemble cast also 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.

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